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Spectres: Chapter 4 – Desolation

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Katie’s Diary

Day Eight:

For some reason, I simply couldn’t stay asleep last night, and I woke up “on the wrong side of the cot” as people say.. or they used to before they all disappeared. To distract myself from the constant hunger, I took yet another trip to my second home, the junkyard. For a change, I decided to go dumpster diving and see what might be in there.

Dumpster Diving
Dumpster Diving… anything useful here?

I found a trashcan and a folding chair. Not exactly helpful.. but that’s what was there. By this point, I couldn’t ignore my stomach anymore. I forlornly headed to my little shack, and made some more peanut butter and jelly crackers. Then, I had a long conversation with myself and Norman. It didn’t help with the constant feeling of loneliness much, but it did give me a bit of an idea. With this inspiration, I headed for my inventing bench.. with Norman. Carefully, with my new inventing expertise, I fiddled and tinkered until I finally improved on his design. Now he moves!

Norman is improved!
Norman is improved!

With this success, I practically attacked the inventing bench. I managed to design a “Harvester” – but it’s not going to be much help without electricity or a good supply of batteries, so I stowed it away. By the end of my crazed try at inventing, I realized two things.. it was past dark, and I was out of scrap metal. I would have to go back to the junkyard tomorrow.

Day Nine:

Day by day I find myself sinking farther into depression. What am I doing here? Why am I even still trying? Haven’t I figured out that it’s hopeless yet? Talking to myself.. and to Norman only raises my need to be social so much. Every time I venture out I’m faced with the horrifying prospect that I could be all alone. What could have happened to everyone? And how could there be no sign of where they had gone? It seemed impossible, but I had to face the truth. Everyone I knew was gone. They could be dead.. but I had no clear evidence of that. Maybe they all just left… but then why didn’t they clean up before they went? Everything seems as if people just vaporized. And people couldn’t just vaporize.. could they?

Finally, I managed to drag myself out of bed and stood by my inventing bench. I was running out of ideas in a hurry. I could tinker around with what I had, or go get more scrap. But what would I use the scrap for? I felt completely at a loss. Maybe I didn’t have to have a plan to keep going.

Out of sheer stubbornness, I went to get my bike to go collect more scrap. On the way to the junkyard, I noticed something else. It wasn’t supposed to be fall or winter, but the air was getting colder. I could see frost on the still blades of grass as I rode by. The grass kept looking more dead, too. The trees were dropping their leaves.. even the evergreens seemed to be dying. How could I still be here and alive when everything else seemed to be dying?

On a whim, I turned down a side road to take the long way to the junkyard. I pedaled along, keeping a keen eye out for anything that seemed .. out of place. As I passed by the old library, I noticed a side door was ajar. Since I hadn’t been down this road since the roar happened, I’d never noticed it. I quickly jumped off my bike and cautiously approached the door. It seemed as if someone had just forgotten to pull it shut. The lock was engaged, but the door wasn’t clicked shut. Disengaging the lock so I wouldn’t get locked in, I made my way inside. It was dark, but there was enough light from the windows to see the topics on the sides of the stacks. I browsed slowly, thoughtfully, but part of me balked at “borrowing” from the library without permission. From a very young age, stealing had been frowned on, and I still had trouble taking things that weren’t mine. I ran my hand along the spines of the books, randomly pulling one or another out and putting them back.

Eventually, I found myself in the section on inventing. With a little more interest, I squinted my eyes at the titles, looking for.. what? I wasn’t sure, but I felt I’d know it if I saw it. There were some books on more advanced inventing, but nothing struck me as a “must-have.” I finally selected a couple of camping-themed cookbooks, thinking they might have ideas for the limited foods I had been able to find. Perhaps I could figure out a way to at least heat up the soups I had.

After a few trips to the junkyard, and a hasty meal in between them, I was exhausted. No more biking for me today. The air was starting to get so cold it stung my lungs when I breathed too deeply. I could feel a sickness settling into my lungs, and headed next door to my parent’s attic to retrieve my winter clothes. After getting what I felt I was going to need, I carefully relocked the door and went back to my “home.” I still felt better being underground at night with the shed’s doors tightly barred. I wasn’t going to be moving back into my parent’s home anytime soon.

With plenty of time still left in the day, I tinkered around a bit more, making another couple toys with varying degrees of success. I also managed to make a rotational pull and improved upon my localized static tester.. I had half a mind to try it on the radio. If only I could find batteries for it.

Seeing that it wasn’t dark yet, I went up to the shelves in the shack where I had stashed the radio, and again tried to turn it on. The batteries were weak, but it barely worked. All I could get was static.. and the static tester only made it louder. Fearful of running out of juice in the only batteries I’d so far managed to find, I turned it off and headed back downstairs after barring the doors for the night.

Learned Cooking
Learned Cooking

Reading by the torch, I managed to increase my cooking skill, and felt sure I could rig a Bunsen-burner type thing with the torches and torch fuel I had so that I could at least, finally, have a warm meal tomorrow. Finally having a reason to look forward to the next day, I fell into sleep broken only by a nagging cough telling me I should have gotten out the winter clothes sooner than today.

Day Ten:

Today, I took the side road to the junkyard again, stopping by the library to return the cookbooks. Since I was done with them, I felt too guilty at having them at all to keep them longer than absolutely necessary. I pulled out two advanced inventing books after re-shelving the cookbooks, then meandered around the library, for some reason in no hurry to leave. I browsed past rows and rows of non fiction books, seeing nothing of particular interest.

Slowly, I moved on to the fiction aisles. I’d long since tired of reading the three measly books I had, and there was a thought in the back of my head that perhaps I could find something more entertaining than just talking to Norman.

A shaft of light shining through a window landed on a section of Science Fiction. I walked over to it, for no reason other than being curious. I’d never been into science fiction, but being all alone in an abandoned world pushed the boundaries of what I felt was “normal.” Maybe these books weren’t that far out, after all. My hands fell on one book in particular, and I pulled it out automatically. Time Travel? Yeah, right. Too bad it wasn’t possible. Because if it was…

I stopped. Everyone disappearing wasn’t possible, either. But it had happened. I thought about some of the strange people that had been in some of my classes at school. Vampires and Werewolves weren’t supposed to exist, either.. and they did. Maybe time travel wasn’t as far out as it seemed. Shaking my head, I nevertheless tucked the book under my arm and headed back to my bike. Another couple of scrap runs filled up my inventing bench, and I got back to work.

Yay! A widget!
Yay! A widget!

Through practice, I perfected a dog, a whale, and a cow toy, and made several of each, practicing the tiny mechanisms that made them work over and over, perfecting my technique. I took a break for some soup for my meal of the day, reveling in the fact that it was finally warm. When I just couldn’t do any more today, I fell asleep reading the book on time travel, letting the idea seep into my brain.

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Ruminations Pt. 2

So I got that save file working. And bonus.. discovered I have two save files, one from the very beginning of the story, and one way past where I have written. So I am left with three choices….

  1. Start completely over. Pretty straight forward, I’d lose the beginning stuff I have (which I love), although I could rewrite it.
  2. Start from the day 1 save and play seven days to match the seven days worth I have written up. This would allow me to add new screenshots and continue with the story as I want to without being constrained to how the game went when I played further. Would require re-setting up the world (ghosts, etc.) that I had done in the game file I took further in.
  3. Use the Week 4 Day 5 played file in conjunction with the notes I have taken from it way back then. Would require very little set up, just the mods… however, I don’t have as many screenshots as I thought I had of the time that’s been played but not written into the story, and it would make things harder to progress the story as I want to.

I’m leaning heavily towards option two. I already wrote up days 8-10 in a new post, which needs proofing and editing, then would be ready to go. I’d lose all the time I played in the played file, but I think I’m okay with it. It would totally give me the freedom I want with the story, and allow me to stage screenshots better than the ones I have from 2012. I’ve already gone through the posts I have posted on my blog (prologue and three chapters) and edited them so they’re the way I want them.

If your interested, they’re here:

Expect to see chapter four in the next few days, as I said, it just needs editing.

I’ve spent way too much time on this considering I still have testing to do for Switch Three of the Apartment Switch, which is due out Sunday…. but that’s okay. I’m still having fun! Now, back to my testing …. (if only I can get this story out of my head long enough to play!)

Ruminations….

So, one of my oldest stories on here is still technically “on hiatus”… and it has been since 2012. I never got to the point of retiring it, I just stopped writing it. Partially – well, no mostly – because I got so frustrated that I couldn’t make the game do what needed to happen in my story. I still LOVE the story idea, and where I wanted to go with it. I even have two “drafts” of posts sitting here on wordpress, waiting for the words to be written to go with the pictures. I have the rest of the pictures for more posts saved from backup to backup and computer to computer as the years have gone by.

It finally occurred to me tonight that if I had gone to all this trouble to save this story that had a measly three actual chapters posted.. then maybe that should tell me something: this story is important to me. Important enough to save, which means I really ought to honor that by re-examining why I stopped writing it and how I can get back to the story. I started the story, I think, as a game-driven story.. or so I thought.. but then the game didn’t follow what I wanted to happen. Of course, back then I didn’t know what a game driven story was versus a story-driven or scripted. Now I do… and what I see is possibilities. Whether I can do them justice, I don’t know… But if I saved this story for all this time (and I did), I feel I have the duty to at least try.

Where to go from where it is? First of all, it’ll need to be changed to a story-driven simlit. I couldn’t continue because game and story weren’t matching up and I wasn’t (at the time) willing to cheat to get where I needed the game to be. If I change the driving force of it to being the story.. and not the game.. then cheating in game to get the screenshots I need is possible, and even desirable. Which eliminates the main reason I stopped writing the story. Now the only question left is.. do I have the writing talent and/or time to put into it to make this story actually work? That I don’t know. But I feel I have to try.

So.. on that note.. expect to see some strange story posts coming sometime soon.. once I have the time away from testing the Apartment Switch … and I get the save functional again on Sims 3. If I can get the save functional in the next week or two, I will definitely be continuing the story. If not, it’ll have to go in the “retired” file.. but I truly think I can get it back up and working. I found the town it uses and have it installed and working, I just have to get the save back into the game. .. Then all I need is to write!

Can I do it? Who knows. (Why I felt the need to write all this out, I don’t know that either.. but here it is. Site update news indeed.)

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Castaway Shores Chapter 1.10

Chapter 1.9 < | >

Francisca’s Island Journal – Monday

It’s raining (again!) today, and I figured there was no time like the present to start this little journal. Micah and his wife, Rachael, keep a journal as well, so I didn’t want the chronicle of this little island to be missing information from our family, too.

At the Whitehead house, we spend a lot of time writing (me) and sculpting (Roger). We have venues to buy, after all. I’m planning on buying/building a bookstore, and he wants to open up a consignment store on the island.

We also wanted to start a family right away. Roger isn’t getting any younger, and he wants to be around for their formative years, at least.

Francisca’s Island Journal – Wednesday

I am pregnant, and I decided a cat is just what we needed – so Roxy joined our small family. Roger says he’s hoping for a girl, while I’m wishing to buy new things for our small house. I guess the thought of saving is still a little alien to me.

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Roxy’s a joy to have around, and her hunting skills (hey she’s learning) will supplement our income as we save for our venues. I spent a lot of time getting to know Roxy and teaching her to hunt. Hopefully she can catch some things to sell soon!

Francisca’s Island Journal – Thursday

Our firstborn – Melody – is born with the Active and Excitable traits.

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Isn’t she adorable? .. But then, all new mothers think that, don’t they? I’ve been so busy with the baby and training Roxy I barely have time for this journal!

Francisca’s Island Journal – Saturday

Melody grew up to be a toddler today – and a cute one, at that. She has beautiful blond hair she got from her dad, and the most adorable button nose. Roger and I are taking turns trying to teach her to talk, potty train, and walk.

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The rest of the time, we’re still working to save money for venues. Roger thinks we’re pretty close to being able to open the first one, the consignment store. He’s even already picked out the perfect spot near the “town center” to build it.

Francisca’s Island Journal – Monday

Melody is such a cute kid! She got a doll from some obscure relative of mine, and she plays with it constantly.

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She named it Wiggles, and she seems to be great friends with it. I’m not looking forward to the day she grows up, because she’ll have to be sent to boarding school, since there isn’t a school on the island yet. Her education is important, though, so it’s a sacrifice we’ll all have to make.

Francisca’s Island Journal – Wednesday

I’m pregnant again! In other news.. today was a spectacularly unlucky day. I set the stove on fire during breakfast, and I broke the computer. I didn’t get a picture of the fire because we were too busy putting it out (no fire station on the island yet, of course), but I did snap a photo of me fixing said computer later in the day.

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Francisca’s Island Journal – Friday

Today was a busy day, being Melody’s birthday.. and coincidentally, our second child was born, as well.

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Melody really seemed to enjoy the small party we put together for her and she gained the cat person trait, and immediately set to getting to know Roxy.

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We barely finished the party before I went into labor. Apparently, practice does make perfect, because this labor went by much easier than the first one, and soon our little Harry was born.

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I picked Dribbledine Sports school for Melody, and I think she’s actually looking forward to leaving first thing tomorrow morning. At least, her excitement at playing all the different sports there has tempered her nerves. I sure will miss her, though!

Francisca’s Island Journal – Monday

Today is an exciting day, both for the family and for the island. Today is the day Roger’s consignment store opens! Venue photos to follow:

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On a more personal note, Harry grew up to be a toddler today! He also inherited his dad’s blonde hair, and is Clumsy and Good.

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We look forward to teaching him his life skills, and watching him grow up.

Francisca’s Island Journal – Tuesday

Harry is learning quickly, he already knows how to walk, and is learning to talk today. I don’t think potty training will be too far away, either.

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We just found out that I’m pregnant again! We eagerly look forward to our new little bundle of joy!

Since our family seems to just keep growing, we decided to upgrade our tiny house. We added an addition off the back, and a second story. It took less that we expected to make it, so we still have a nest egg for my bookstore.

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Upstairs we have two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a nursery… downstairs, we added a nice living room, and an annex for Roger’s sculpting, as well as room for a laundry.

Francisca’s Island Journal – Thursday

Today sees another two birthdays – Harry’s and Veronica’s. Who’s Veronica? Our newest baby, of course!

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First of all, Harry grew up into the rebellious trait, and has a spiky hair-do to match. He’ll be leaving tomorrow for the Sports school, as well.

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Francisca’s Island Journal – Friday

Today, Harry left for school, and something else momentous happened for the island… I finally maxed out writing and could afford to build a bookstore for the island.

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Now, we have to save up again.. for homes for our children when they move back home. But that’s still to come…

Chapter 1.9 < | >

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Falcon Apocalypse Chapter 2.1

Chapter 1.5 < | >

It seems like forever since mom has been gone… but it’s just been a couple days. After our mourning period was over, I decided that I should be the one to carry on her journal, even though Alton is the “heir”… because, well.. I’m the writer, and he shows no interest in it. We all have missed mom terribly. Dad won’t even sleep in his own bed, and took to sleeping in our room, leaving the master bedroom for Alton.

Alton had taken over the family cooking because someone had to do it, and he was the one with the skill to not burn the place down with. After the one fire we’ve had, we want to be more careful with that. He also finished the body builder skill challenge, and no longer is fatigued after strength workouts.

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Dad got to logic skill 9, which should help him with work, and we survived some more teenage mood swings. I skilled up in writing as well, and finished my fourth book.

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Today – Sunday – is Alton’s young adult birthday. We went ahead and celebrated to take our minds off mom – plus birthday cake was a nice change for dinner.

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Due to Alton’s failing high school (mostly because of him not being allowed to go to high school for most of his teenage days), he picked up the neurotic trait. His first action as an adult was to get a job with the local criminals, something he’s been wanting to do since he first saw them coming to take away our money on a Monday. He’s convinced that if he becomes a master thief, he can change the employment restrictions in the area. I’m not so sure, but we’ll play along with him for now. At least he’s working instead of staying home and working on his athletic skill all the time.

On Monday, Alton spent most of the afternoon getting to be friends with his boss, trying to get on his good side. I commented that I wasn’t sure his boss HAD a good side, and Alton just laughed at me.

I learned Charisma today, and after school, met some new people out in the park after school. I’m going to need charisma and friends to get the word out about our poor town when I grow up.

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We all spend a lot of time on our skills – me writing, dad playing chess, and Alton working out. It makes for spectacularly boring journal writing.

Oh! Alton has been working on building us a basement, bit by bit. We can’t buy the whole thing at once due to regulations, so a little bit at a time, it’s coming together. As of now, it’s big enough for the stairs to go down into it to be in place, but not much more. Why we need a basement, I don’t know, but Alton seems to think it’s very important.

On Wednesday, Alton got a promotion to cutpurse, and seemed very proud of himself. He also came home from work sick, and is glad to have the next couple days off. Being sick didn’t seem to slow him down much, and he finally mastered the Athletic skill. I spent the evening watching Television (during the few hours a day that programming is actually on instead of just “snow”.)

Thursday was supposed to be my prom, but somehow, it got cancelled again. Dad tells me it’s because of the local Entertainment committee that keeps vetoing things, and that there’s nothing he can do about it.

Friday, I caught Alton’s cold, but, taking a page from Alton’s book, I didn’t let it stop me from finishing my fifth book. I’m finally starting to bring in some income with my writing. I swear I felt mom wandering around the house last night, but Alton told me not to even think it. He’s been very chipper lately, and I don’t think he wants to think about her anymore. I’ve noticed him paying attention to the crib and toddler books, as if making sure they’re all in readiness… for what, I don’t know.

Saturday was Snowflake Day, and both Alton and Dad for their holiday bonuses (not that it’s going to do us very much good with losing all our money on Mondays!) Dad’s was over 11,000 simoleons, and Alton’s was around 1,500.

Sunday, Dad finally mastered logic, and was able to take a break from playing chess. He helped me out with my homework, and puttered around cleaning the house – which desperately needed it. Alton announced he was planning on getting married tomorrow, much to our surprise. He did mention he hadn’t yet talked to Allison about it, but was sure she would be okay with it. I don’t mind him marrying Allison, she and I are pretty good friends.. and I’m pretty sure Alton is right about her being okay about marrying him.

Monday was Alton’s big day, and he seemed very nervous. He has to work at night now, so he planned on inviting her over in the early afternoon, leaving enough time for a small private wedding. He already had most of the paperwork for it all filled out.

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His plans went off well, and before the evening was over, Allison had brought her things over to move in. What a crazy couple of weeks it has been!

(Oh.. Allison is virtuoso, artistic, grumpy, coward, and computer whiz.)

Chapter 1.5 < | >

Argh…. Crashes….

You know, sometimes I really hate Sims 3. My Falcon save keeps getting errors… Especially that dreaded save error 12. It’ll run ok for a while but then poof. Another error. It’s really annoying, I tell you what. For some reason my castaway challenge runs fine most of the time, it’s just the poor Falcons.  I want to get on with chapter two of Falcons, but every time I try, it errors out on me. Waiting for it to load now to try again so wish me luck!

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Castaway Shores Chapter 1.9

Chapter 1.8 < | > Chapter 1.10

Week 8 Day 3, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

By morning, we had a new house. (Picture spam! What can I say, I’m proud of this build.. it’s got room for everyone without making the house two story or huge.. and stayed with the island theme.)

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We even had a full bathroom! (Which you can see me working on upgrading in the last picture.) We have a full laundry room, and plenty of floor space for the tots to roam. The only thing missing from the pictures is the nursery, although you can see corners of it in a couple of the shots. Eventually that nursery will be turned into another bedroom. The new house took a good chunk out of our savings, but it was definitely time for an upgrade.

Oh, and before I forget.. today is Rach and I’s anniversary. We didn’t get much of a celebration, though, with two infants and a toddler running around the house. (Well the toddler is running – not the infants.. yet!)

Week 8 Day 4, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today is Renee and Riley’s birthday.. for the next day we have THREE toddlers. It’s also a full moon – not that we have any time to be going outside, anyway. … And on that note, I have to go again, the babies are waking up.

Week 8 Day 5, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Marie’s birthday was today, and we barely had time for cake. I feel bad for her, but she’s such a cheerful scamp that she doesn’t seem to mind that we have less time for her. We enrolled her in art school, to her utter delight.

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Week 8 Day 6, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

I took the day off today to help out with the kids, and so I would be home to wish Marie well on her journey to school. Luckily, my boss doesn’t seem to mind, especially after hearing about the twins.

Both kids learned to talk today.. so the house is ringing with the sounds of toddlers. They’re also well on their way to walking and potty training.

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When I have a spare minute to myself (in other words, when the twins are asleep) I work on upgrading the plumbing and appliances in our new house. Self-cleaning plumbing is almost a necessity in a household like ours!

Week 8 Day 7, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Riley is now walking freely on her own, and we bought and installed an automatic sprinkler for the garden.

Week 9 Day 1, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Renee was a little slower on the walking, but she’s caught up now. Both are potty trained, as well, so that’s a load off Rachael and my shoulders.

Week 9 Day 2, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

The twins had their birthday today, and we all took a “field trip” up to see the park after my work. It’s almost done! We all had a great time picnicking up there, and it was a gorgeous sunny day for it. We had a great day, but I’m exhausted.

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Riley .. who wants to be a doctor..
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Renee .. who wants to be an inventor..

Week 9 Day 3, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

The twins headed off for boarding school this morning. Riley goes to join Matthew at Smugglesworth Prep, and Renee is going to the Peace and Love school, hoping to learn more about inventing.

Rachael has been working every spare minute on her chemistry set, and has discovered all the possible potions – including the young again potion we got at the science place. I doubt we’ll be using it again.. but if we need to.. it’s there!

And that’s all for now! Things should be terribly quiet around the house now that they’re all off at boarding schools.

Chapter 1.8 < | > Chapter 1.10

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Castaway Shores Chapter 1.8

Chapter 1.7 < | > Chapter 1.9

Week 7 Day 1, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today was Sean’s birthday. He added Athletic to Genius and Artistic. We once again celebrated with cake and registered our precious son for boarding school. Based on his traits and his desire to be a policeman, we sent him to Fort Starch Military School. They’ll come pick him up in the morning.

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It thunder stormed all day today… and after my lightning strike yesterday… none of us felt like braving the weather to be outside. Even Rachael elected to let her garden just grow weeds for the day rather than being outside in the thunder and lightning. I worked in the morning, then hurried home, not wanting to be outside for any longer than I could help it. Rach is feeling pretty stir-crazy today, so I promised her we could go visit the Whitehead’s tomorrow just so she can get out of the house.

Week 7 Day 2, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Sean left in the morning for school, and there was a brief window of sunshine afterwards for Rachael to take care of her garden. Unfortunately, that window was all we got.

Today, after work, we headed over to Roger and Fran’s for a while. We played some indoor games to stay out of the rain, and generally had a good time. We’ve become pretty good friends with them, and are glad they’re helping us with the island.

Week 7 Day 3, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

I got another promotion today! Now I only work three days a week, which is a blessing because we learned that Rachael is pregnant again. I’ll be able to be around to help with the baby more than I have been able to in the past.

The rain continued unabated today, so Rachael stayed indoors and worked on her logic skill. I made sure there were several plates of spaghetti in the fridge (her favorite food!) so that she wouldn’t have to cook. I like being able to cook for the family, even though I’m also the major source of income.

It was once again a Full Moon, so after dark we stayed inside and worked on our skills – me painting, her logic. We didn’t stay up too long, though, on account of her getting tired way quicker than usual with her pregnancy.

Week 7 Day 5, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Yesterday was such a ho-hum day I didn’t even bother writing in my journal. I’m not going to write much today, either, because I’ve come down with a cold and I just want to stay curled up in bed. Rachael’s doing fine, by the way, and is getting very close to mastering logic.

Week 7 Day 6, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

I had to work even though I was sick today, and all my coworkers razzed on me about looking so miserable. I blame the sickness on the rain that just doesn’t seem to want to stop coming down.

Rachael mastered logic today, and sat down at our computer to write up plans for the new park/festival grounds. It’ll be a place where all of the townspeople will be able to get together and have a good time. She still plans on picking the central plaza area that I proposed to her on, and is even incorporating the old weather stone that sits in the middle of it into the design. She emailed the plans to the foreman of the work crew we hired from the mainland to put it together, so hopefully that will be up sometime this next week.

After we’d gone to bed, we were awakened… by Rach going into labor! Finally, it’s a girl! We named her Marie, and she’s Brave and Artistic.

Week 7 Day 7, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Rachael apparently caught my cold, which is just great. I finally get over it for the weekend, and she gets sick…. in more ways than one. We thought the morning nausea might be a sign, and it was confirmed by the evening – Rachael is pregnant yet again. We’ve decided this will be the last one – four kids are enough.. and we’re hoping for another boy.

With Rachael being pregnant and me just getting over being sick… we didn’t do much today. We did hear back from the work crew foreman, and the park will be put in later this week.

This evening, we celebrated Marie’s birthday a little bit early, since she’s just such a precocious kid. She’s already pulling herself to a stand on furniture, and talking in baby language to her strange doll. (yep.. she got one, too!)

Week 8 Day 1, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Marie learned to talk today.. she really is a quick study. We don’t expect it to take much more time for her to be walking and potty trained, too.

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I painted most of the day, and Rachael chased around the house after Marie – who is the most active of all of our children so far. I did manage to master painting, though, and painted something my agent calls “brilliant” .. but I’m not so sure. You be the judge…

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… Perhaps I should have gotten more sleep last night?

 

Week 8 Day 2, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Bright and early this morning (actually, before the sun and me going to work.. so the wee hours of the morning..) .. Rachael went into labor. I immediately was worried, because it seemed too early for it. She struggled with this labor more than all the ones before.. and before long we knew why. TWINS! One boy, one girl, we named them Riley (who was born first) and Renee. Renee is eccentric and a loner, whereas Riley is a Genius and Artistic. Two very different twins. Also: Renee is blond whereas Riley has brownish red hair like Rachael. We had to put in an emergency call for another crib, because we totally hadn’t planned on a multiple birth. Marie slept with us for the rest of the night, and I called in to work, since there was no way I was in any shape to be flying jet planes after that night.

Rachael’s chemistry kit arrived today, but she didn’t have much time to work on it, other than a brief break in the afternoon when all the kids were asleep at once.

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Today is the first day of Spring, too, and it was a gorgeous sunny day after the horrible rainy Fall we had. (Theres no Winter in this world.. it’s more tropical.) Marie, just like I predicted, learned to walk and potty train very quickly today.. which was a relief to Rach and I – one less thing to worry about with the twins taking turns crying their heads off.

With us having FIVE .. count them.. FIVE.. kids now, we decided that a good chunk of our savings ought to go to having a proper house.. on a proper foundation. I found a crew on the mainland that could build what we were looking for overnight, and we packed up the cribs and my old tent and camped out on the site of the new park.

Chapter 1.7 < | > Chapter 1.9

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Castaway Shores Chapter 1.7

Chapter 1.6 < | > Chapter 1.8

Week 6 Day 1, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

It’s Sunday, so no work today. I worked on painting, although keeping an eye on my son and Rach kept me pretty distracted. In the morning, I babysat while Rachael worked in her garden – she’s already level 9!

Matthew took his first steps today, and started learning to talk, too. Not much progress on the talking yet.. but Rachael is sure trying! Potty training is coming along, too… albeit slowly.

Week 6 Day 2, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

I got a promotion today! No longer am I cleaning latrines, thank goodness. That was an utterly thankless job!

My second son, Sean, was born tonight. Luckily, it was another easy birth for Rachael. He’s a genius and artistic.. I’m sure he’ll go far with those traits!

I was, obviously, in charge of Matt while Rach was occupied, and I managed to finish teaching him to walk. He’s still a little wobbly, but he’s completely stopped crawling, since he can get there faster on his feet.

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He also really seems to enjoy the peg box we got him, learning logic as he plays. He’s also still teething, as you can see in the picture… everything goes in his mouth!

Week 6 Day 3, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today is Rachael’s birthday, she’s turning into an elder and not looking forward to it. Since we’re both getting older, we’ve been looking into rejuvenating options. The mainland science lab is running a study on the effects of aging, and they swear they have a working potion to reverse it. We’ve made an appointment for Friday after my work.

I also got another promotion today, and arrived home to learn that Matt had finally been potty trained. I spent some time painting while Rachael worked on logic and Matt played with his blocks and the strange doll he’d gotten from some long lost relative of mine.

Week 6 Day 4, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today is Sean’s birthday – he’ll finally be a toddler. We’re hoping that means he’ll start sleeping through the night. From our experience with Matt, toddler-hood is when he was finally able to go all night without attention.

Matt learned to talk today, and has been chatting up a storm with his strange doll friend. Sometimes we’re not sure he thinks it’s just a doll. Hopefully he’ll grow out of it.

Sean got one of those dolls, too, from Rachael’s side of the family, and played quietly with it after we finished celebrating his birthday. They’re such a cute pair.

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Week 6 Day 5, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Matt had a birthday today and we celebrated with some cake. Even Sean had some, although I think he wore more than he actually ate. He gained Ambitious as a trait (adding to friendly and good), and, from what he’s been talking about, he wants to bring a City Hall to this island and run it when I “retire”. It’s funny, he even looks just like me.

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It being the first day of Fall, it poured all day today, so other than Rachael weeding her garden, all of us stayed inside and worked on our skills. Fall seems very wet in this part of the world.

Rach and Matt had a lively game of chess as she taught him the ropes of the game. All that peg box play he did gave him a real advantage on learning logic, too.

Week 6 Day 6, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

I’m still steadily gaining rank at my job at the military base, and as my rank grows, so does my paycheck. We have a hefty amount saved up now… although what we’re saving for, we haven’t quite decided.

Sean learned to walk while I was at work – so that was a big surprise when I got home. It was a good one, though. He seems to be learning things much faster than Matt did. Either that or we’re becoming better teachers. Who knows which.

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After work (another promotion), we had that appointment on the mainland. Luckily the science center had a daycare, and we were able to catch a ride to the mainland with Edith, who had dropped off a few packages for us. The appointment went real well, and both of us feel revitalized and younger. (Young Again potions from lifetime happiness points. Both are now young adults again.) All the chemistry got Rachael interested in learning more, and she ordered a chemistry set that should arrive on the island in a week or so.

After putting the kids to bed when we finally got home this evening, Rachael and I had a serious talk. We both feel education is very important. Since there’s no school on the island, we did some online research (we now have phone and internet service out on the island!), and we think boarding school is the best option. We hate to be away from our kids… but their schooling is more important to their future. We’ll be encouraging them to go to University after high school, as well. Finances are pretty steady now that I have a job, so we’ll be able to afford the very best for each of them. Based on Matt’s goals and likes, we’re sending him to Smugglesworth Preparatory School. He leaves tomorrow. Too soon.. but his schooling is important!

Week 6 Day 7, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

First thing this morning, Matt headed off to boarding school. They were kind enough to send a boat out for him and his luggage. (For the price we’re paying, they ought to!) We wished him luck and promised to call him every weekend. He’s welcome to call us during the week, as well, we just don’t want to interrupt his studies with weekday calls. We’ll let him decide when he’s got the time to talk.

Since it was a weekend, I had plenty of time to spend with Sean, and he learned both talking and potty training today. Rachael spent much of the day out in her garden, and she finally mastered gardening! Now she just needs logic to open up the park. (I’m electing to have the unlock for the festival grounds be the same as for a big park – logic and gardening, instead of logic and athletic – I just think it makes more sense.) 

I was outside studying the stars after Sean went to bed…. and wouldn’t you know it, I got struck by lightning again. I guess I was lucky.. I got pretty singed, but nothing that wouldn’t wash off in the shower.

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Castaway Shores Chapter 1.6

Chapter 1.5 < | > Chapter 1.7

Week 5 Day 1, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today, first thing in the morning, Fransisca’s book royalties came in. Roger and Fran are saving up to build their own house here on the island., and they’ve almost got enough. They’ve already picked out a little plot of land up on the bluffs above our beach. Roger is getting awfully good at sculpting, and his pieces seem to sell easily now. Today, however, his allergies are acting up, so he’s been working a little slower than usual.

I mastered Athletics this evening and hurried back inside. There’s a full moon tonight and the zombies will be out again. All four of us in this tiny hut makes for cramped quarters.. but it’s better than being outside!

Week 5 Day 2, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today, another set of sculptures by Roger sold, and they announced that they finally had enough to build their dream house. They had saved up a whopping 18,500 simoleons! Well, maybe not their dream house.. but a functional abode here on the island. Most of the day was spent building and moving furniture around. They had already ordered their bathroom and kitchen furnishings, and Edith had been more than happy to deliver them. She stuck around to help, as well, which was really nice of her.

(Featured photo above is of the outside of the house, below shows a shot of the interior with walls down.)

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By the end of the day, we were all exhausted, so we went our separate ways. I felt miserable, since it seems I’ve come down with a cold. I wasn’t about to let that stop me from helping out the island’s newest residents, though!

Week 5 Day 3, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today was the first day of summer, and it dawned clear and bright. Rachael slept in this morning – after all the work yesterday, somehow she’s terribly nauseous. Perhaps it’s morning sickness? I took care of her the best I could, and by midday she was feeling much better. Well enough, in fact, to spend most of the rest of the day out in her garden puttering around.

I spent the rest of the day painting and tinkering around the house. Now that I’ve mastered athletics, I just have to master handiness to convince the military to open a small base on the island. I’m so very close to getting it done.  I even promised to sign up when they did so they would be guaranteed at least one recruit!

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Week 5 Day 4, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Rachael’s definitely pregnant! I’m going to be a dad! Roger and Fran moved out just in the nick of time, because we’re going to need that spare room for a nursery in a few days. Roger and Fran are nearly as excited as we are, and seemed to be almost jealous. I wonder if that means they’ll be starting their own family soon too?

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And, even better (maybe?), I finished learning handiness, and the Military base will open in a couple days. Having a job will seem so weird after all this time. I don’t intend to give up on my painting, but I doubt I’ll have time to look at the stars anymore, unfortunately.

Rachael spent most of the day working on her logic skill – she wants to be able to hold chess tournaments in the part she’ll be building. Plus, it kept her out of the garden, so I felt much better about her taking it easy. What can I say, apparently I’m a bit of a worrywart.

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Week 5 Day 5, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

In the morning, Rachael and I went to visit the Whitehead’s – just to check up on them and make sure they were settling in okay. Rachael and Fran talked girl talk while Roger and I got to know each other a little bit better.

We came back home in the afternoon, which turned out to be a lucky break, because not too long after we got home, Rachael went into labor. Understandably, I panicked. I’m afraid to say I was of very little help. Rachael was a hero, and the home birth went off much easier than we had expected. At about 9pm, we welcomed our firstborn son, Matthew, into the world.

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He’s friendly and good, and we’re terribly proud of him.

Oh, I nearly forgot. The Military base is apparently ready, and I am supposed to start work tomorrow. I have to say, I’m nervous and I’m not exactly sure what to expect. I’m sure it will be fine, but the nerves made it tough to sleep.

Week 5 Day 6, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

I was up before the sun this morning, and heading into work on my bike. I suppose we could have a car hauled out here, but I definitely don’t want to start polluting my island already! I took a picture of the base so I could include it, but that was the only free time I had all day until work was over. The commute takes a good hour or so, but I don’t mind. Having the income is definitely a must for our growing family.

Rachael was glad to see me home so I could help out with Matthew while she worked in the garden. I have to admit, though, he was a pretty happy baby, and I didn’t have to do much… so I had dinner waiting when she came back in. She was surprised, but pleased. I like it when I can surprise her like that.

Week 5 Day 7, Micah McCloud’s Adventure Journal

Today is Matt’s birthday… and apparently we have another on the way already. I’m as thrilled as can be.. perhaps I can even be of more use on the home birth this time, too.

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Matt is going to be learning his life skills starting tomorrow, but tonight I took him outside and let him play in the sand for a while. I had to keep a close eye on him so he didn’t put it in his mouth.. he’s teething and wants to chew on everything.

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After we got Matt down for the night, we played a couple quick games of chess and I managed to get my skill up to level 7.. Rach and I are a pretty evenly matched pair. She won one game, and I won the other.

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