Serafina Sapphire Deals With Teenagers
On the same night that Violet became a child, the twins Olive and Orchid became teens. They had pretty much been dressed and treated identically up until now but now they had differing aspirations and personalities so i decided it was time to dress them to suit. For Olive I rolled Popularity, so it was time to deck her out (in pink!) and give her some nice make-up and tweased eyebrows. Very much the teen daughter that's always tying up the phone now.
"Pink is so my color."
For Orchid I rolled Knowledge. A whole 'nother kind of Sim! I dressed her in blue. Here she is with her sister Briar and little Violet. The first autonomous thing Violet did once she grew up and cleaned up her cake on command was to generate some electric charge using the rug in front of the sinks and promptly shocked Briar. Briar got a bit huffy after that.
"Hmph. The nerve."
The first auotnomous thing Olive did on the other hand was head out to the Dog Room to pick up little Birch and play with him. Those puppies are just so sweet. How could the rest of the family resist them?
Owain managed to get everyone shooed out of the kitchen effectively by serving up his very first platter of Grilled Cheese.
"Well? Well? What do you guys think? I'm on tenterhooks here!"
That morning was a Saturday. It was then that it dawned on me that I would have to deal with three adults, four teens, two kids, two wolves and two puppies. All. Weekend. Long.
It didn't start off too bad. 24 hours had passed and Owain was getting starting on fixing the computer while several of the teens started a game of mahjong. The table had been bugged at some point and now only three Sims could use it at once. I had to sell and re-buy it, you know, when someone wasn't using it. That pretty much didn't happen until Monday. Because of the bug issue, Ornella couldn't join in on her favorite game, even though she would have had willing partners this time. So instead she stole her mother's easel and started a new painting.
"Easy like Saturday morning..."
Basil, meanwhile went upstairs to have a pee and a shower. Then made muscles at himself in the mirror for several hours.
"Oh, yeah, who's the man of the house? Ha! Ignore the pink! Embrace the red!"
I think being the only son in a family full of daughters was getting to him.
Meanwhile Owain wandered around the house fixing things that had broken the day before. There's almost always at least one broken shower or toilet a day, and there is pretty much always at least one broken sprinkler. His daughter Violet followed him around. Though I'm not sure if it was to offer help, start that annoying child/parent dance or to try and shock him with a statically charged finger.
"A little from column A, a little from column B, a little from column C."
After finishing her painting Ornella turned to me accusingly and informed me that she was tired, couldn't I see that? And, then she headed off to bed. I got a pop up about an hour later that she was just skin and bones. I waited nervously for another hour for her to wake up after setting out a fresh plate of grilled cheese. Then decided to take things into my own hands, so to speak.
"Who moved the radio into the bedroom? And, right next to my bed? And, turned it on?"
Ornella ate, did her dishes, showered and dressed and then started to play with Whitlock for fun. The mahjong table was still full and the easels were blocked from her now.
"Such big teeth you have scary wolf! "
One of the pups chose that moment to pee on the floor. That's the problem with a foundation, can't exactly have them pee in a proper place, so I just mop up the messes when I see them. I saw Ornella head over there and figured, neat nic that she was, she was going to take care of it for me. Woo boy. Not quite.
"Splashy, splashy in the wolf pee! What fun! Splash! Splash! Look how high it goes! All over my nice clean clothes!"
Disgusting. Not only that but it trapped her father into his seat at the dining table until I got someone to shoo her off so he could get up.
To make the weekend more exciting it was the day the puppies grew up! Meet Birch!
The main problem I immediately started to have was that even though I had trained the wolves to their full meter to be both calm and not hostile they insisted on rabidly growling and chasing their mother, father and each other around and around and around the lot. This wildly drove down their relationships all across the board. There was absolutely nothing I could do to stop it. I sold and replaced everything so there were no mine issues, everyone was trained not to do it and they still did it, over and over and over again. I have since installed a hack called lesspetwarfare that does a sanity check on the rel before having the wolves randomly try and kill each other for not reason.
At the time though, nothing could stop it and eventually Sui ran away from home. In the background you can see that Birch has ignored the fact that his mother has run off from his behavior and has just started in on his father instead. It made no sense.
"Sui! Come back!"
I had Owain report her missing and then just sat back and hoped.
"Yes, I'd like to report a missing pet. A wolf. Yes, a wild wolf. Well, she's like a member of the family, that's why! She sleeps inside and everything! What do you mean wild animal? Hello? Hello?"
With the upstairs finished off I had started work on the basement. Basically made up of a bathroom, another energizer room, a billiards room, a skills room, and a kid/teen hangout room with lots and lots of Gamer Career Rewards in it.
Here Olive and Orchid take advantage of the skills room to make me some money and work on their Charisma scholarship at the same time.
"When you're a lawyer every moment spent on a case counts!"
Meanwhile Basil and Briar worked on other scholarships using the Education Career Reward.
"These books can teach you anything!"
Monday rolled around. Finally! I was glad to see all six kids out of the house, for a little while anyway.
When Ornella returned from school it was to announce an A+ report card!
"I did it! I did it! All by myself!" "Ahem." "Well, with Mom standing over me to make me do it."
Tuesday came and Ornella instead of heading for the mahjong table headed over to the fish tank to admire the (still alive!) fish. Me flipping the chairs around at the mahjong table to face the wrong way might have had something to do with that.
"Wow, you fish are old."
I had Serafina go over and trick her into some games of red hands.
"Betcha can't get me, Mom!"
But, it was all a ruse to get her fun up quickly. Next thing she knew she had been dragged by the ear over to her homework desk. It was now time to work on keeping that A+.
"Aw, man! Lame!"
Next time: a shorter update, glitches, college, gnome nappings and an heir poll!
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