Friday, June 25, 2010

Switching Gears

Christina squeals with delight bouncing on the diving board. “I love the host house!”
Toots sighs exaggeratedly, “Why are you in my house? You’re making too much noise. Go back to your own house!”
Christina causes a lovely large splash in the pool. Much to her chagrin she belly flops in to the pool in a most awkward way.
The voice off screen can be heard chuckling. “Graceful…”

“Okay chickadee, its time.”
Toots slowly opens her eyes, reluctantly acknowledging the persistent voice. “I’m not getting out of the water, its soothing. Besides the toddler challenge is over.” The off screen voice decides to pause for affect. Toots watches her unmoving, the longer the pause the more curious she becomes. “What are you up to?”
“Phase 2.”
“What is phase 2?”
The off screen voice chuckles once more. “There is a computer over there. You need to find your own place so you can move out of here and in to the lot I’m preparing just for you.”
She sits up in the water and stares suspiciously at the off screen voice. “I don’t trust you…”
“You don’t have to. Now scoot.”

Toots makes her way to the computer. “My own house? Why don’t I believe you?”
The off screen voice sighs, “Can’t you just move and not question me? Just go. I have things to do.”
“What kind of things?”
Giggling and splashing is heard off screen as Christina continues to swim around. The off screen voice is mildly distracted as shuffling papers is heard. “Hmmm? Oh just things, building the structure, bringing in the next round of volunteers, those sorts of ‘things’…”
“Oh, well at least I won’t be suffering alone. Okay then, let’s do this.” Toots carries out the proper movements of a sim moving out on their own by tapping for a while on the computer, sitting at said computer waiting for the taxi to show. Getting up and walking out to that taxi, ignoring everything around her and-
“Oooo, its Mortimer!”
“I’m going, I’m going! Geez…”

Simming music can be heard as the view goes to the save screen, the neighborhood screen and continues through to the loading screen.

Toots whips out a pair of binoculars from her magically invisible bag of holding. “I don’t see a house, Roo. I think there are some birds over there but definitely no house!”
“We have a bigger issue to deal with first. Your Lifetime Want is not doable in a short period of time and I need something faster.” The college adjuster magically appears and rerolls the Lifetime Want. “Now that is doable.”
“Oh I look good in uniform!”
The off screen voice sighs, does ‘things’ and un-pauses. “Okay now sit tight, I have a few more things to do.”
“Gah, it’s raining!”
“Sit. Tight.”

Simming music plays once more…

“Seeing how a challenge can be boring with only one sim, at least one that is not a legacy… I have found new volunteers for phase 2. Shall we?” The off screen voice doesn’t wait for a response and continues on.

“I see you finally found me.” HK chuckles and checks out her new clothes.
“Our first volunteer is HK. She is a romance Aquarius with 2-3-4-7-9 as for likes dislikes… who knows… I didn’t write it down.”
“I told you my likes and dislikes in LL.”
“You’re right, you did and I did pay attention… kinda. I did use what you wrote so if anyone really cares they can look it up.”

“Next is Tracy who thought she was safe…” The off screen voice chuckles. “As if…”
“Ya but I’m still cute… even if I’m not a gnome.”
“Tracy is a family Aquarius with 2-0-6-10-8.”
“Oh that’s better than last time, you made me mean.”
“Shhh… I can still change you.”
Tracy stares at the off screen voice and shudders. “No, that’s okay I’m fine…”

“Here we have Sariana… or rather this time I named her Vicky Starsha… I think.”
Vicky stretches and grins at the camera. “Whatever works. Hi everyone!”
“Okay Sunshine, that hair is just not working for me.”
“That’s fine, just leave my shirt alone.”
The voice chuckles, “I wouldn’t dream of changing it. There… you look better. Vicky is a popularity Libra with 1-6-4-7-7.”
“Oh wow, I’m a slob!”

“Deb is a fortune Libra with 2-8-2-6-7”
“I am?”
“Yes, you are.”
“I’m not getting a makeover?”
“Do you need one? I changed your other clothes just not your every day.”
“Cool, nah this works.”
“Okay I figured with all that mess with your Bachelors, you could use a break.”
Deb glances at the off camera voice and chuckles. “Ya, right…”

“I grabbed Heather from her hectic life and threw her in game. I figured she too could use a break from reality.”
“Cute shirt.”
“Mhmm, for some silly reason it just fit you… or at least it does in my mind. Anyhow, Heather here is pleasure Cancer with 7-4-4-2-8.”

Magic clears her throat. “You do realize I’m no longer in LL… right? I mean I haven’t been there in quite some time… the whole time we’ve known each other in fact. You know-”
“Gah! Yes, I know… I know! Its just I needed another body and yours was available. It was either drag you in or some random no one and I wasn’t having any of that. Now shush.”
“Did you just try to shush me?” Magic laughs. “Like that ever works?”
The off screen voice ignores the question as if it wasn’t asked. “Magic is a popularity Capricorn with 9-3-2-5-5.”
“I’m a Pisces.”
“I know… but for this you’re Capricorn. I needed at least one clean freak so I tweaked you.”

“Hmmm… no that’s not right.” She tries another outfit on her. “That’s better… but still not what I was hoping for. Where the heck did I put that shirt?”

The camera zooms back to the host house. The off screen voice sighs. “What?”
Christina has taken the time to exit the pool and spin back in to her everyday wear. She is none too happy with her current situation. “You’re just going to abandon me here after everything you put me through?”
“Maybe… maybe not… I haven’t decided yet.”
“That is not nice!”

The girls magically appear on the lot with Toots. Slowly they move around and take note of each other as the rain falls on their heads.

Magic groans noting her precious CC is missing sticking her with this hideous get up instead. In an attempt to cheer her up, Ruyb shows off her 1 nice point. Meanwhile Tracy manages to insult Vicky, Deb chats with HK and Heather feels a bit lost without her little ones. Toots wisely steps in to the house to call everyone in out of the rain hoping some kind of explanation is forthcoming from the currently silent off screen voice.

Toots manages to herd the ladies inside and looks around doing a quick headcount. “Where’s Ruyb?”
The ladies look around at each other, some shrug some go on about their day without a care.

“Are you ready to go?” Ruyb strolls in to the host house finding Christina quite easily. “You’re not ready to go! What have you been doing? Geez, first you get mad because you’re ‘abandoned’ and now that your replacement is here you’re not even ready.”
“What are you talking about?”
“You’re moving across the street.”

“What? I’m not moving back across the street, I just got here!” Christina stomps her foot for emphasis. “You keep shifting me around.”
“Well ya, you’re a sim. That happens to us all. Listen the girls are waiting for you. They can’t go forward until you get there so hurry it up will ya?”
“My girls are back? The social worker will take them away if I’m not there to take care of them!”
Ruyb blinks a few times until the dimmer switch turns the light bulb on. “Oooooh, no, no, no not ‘those’ girls, I’m talking about other LL ladies.”

“So no more taking care of kids?”
“No kids during phase 2.” Ruyb pauses as a thought strikes her. “At least none are living there. I can’t say that one won’t pass by the house or call or something…” Ruyb blinks and grins at Christina. “You get to be taken care of this time.”
“Oooo, you mean…”
“Yup that’s right. I’m shipping you off to the nut house, the funny farm, an asylum!”
“And that is better… how?”

“Simple! Toots is the controlled sim, so all the care giving, fixing of things etc is on her to take care of and you get to do whatever you want until she fulfills her Lifetime Want.”
“This sounds like fun! I can make her miserable for being snarky to me?”
“You betcha! I’m counting on it. So hop on that computer and find your own place so you can move out all official like.”
“So what is her Lifetime Want?”
“Toots is a family Aries sim with 5-8-6-3-3 and her Lifetime Want is to be Captain Hero.”
“That’s totally doable.”
“That’s what I thought. Her first one was 6 grandkids… cha that can’t happen in an asylum.”

Christina promptly sits and looks for a place of her own, her fingers fly across the keyboard in the usual simmy fashion.
“Hey Christina…”
“Someone’s in the hot tub.”
Ruyb gets that gleam in her eyes and wanders off towards the hot tub to investigate.
“Aren’t you going to wave bye?”
“Are you serious? There is a man in the hot tub and you want me to run and wave at you?” Ruyb laughs and smiles at Mortimer.

Inmate #7 – Christina Cuzican fortune Leo 3-7-4-7-4

Welcome to phase 2, The Asylum Challenge.
Magic’s voice is muffled and far off in the distance. “Where is my shirt?!”

‘This Asylum’ is underway

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Toddler This: Ends?

“It’s time for ‘Toddler This’ again! Last time she tried to do this without me. I knew I’d be back.”
The off camera voice clears her throat yet it has no affect on our host.
“You see for yourself that she cant deny me. I’m Toots. I’m a force to be reckoned with…”
A disconcerting growl is heard from off camera.

Christina scratches her head in confusion. “So is the challenge over? I thought the kids all grew up. Why am I still here?”
Toots thinks for a moment. “Hmmm… if I remember right, the kids did grow up but then it all crashed. So she went basck to the last save where you had a couple of the kids still as toddlers. Aer and Keth both need to grow up still so that means you aren’t done yet.”
Christina sighs sadly, “Then where are the kids? I’m so confused.”

Toots folds her arms and thinks on this for a bit. “Well now, that is a good question. Tell me what you remember and maybe we can figure this out. Just as long as there is no math involved I’m with you on this.”

“I remember trying to get the last two toddlers trained before they transitioned.”
“Did you?”
Yes. Keth went ahead and grew up while she was still platinum but Aer didn’t, she waited.”
“Waited? Why?”
“The kids were in school and by delaying the last child’s transition she could squeeze a few more points in.” Christina shrugs. “I guess it’s because I lost so many earlier.”

“Then it happened… again.”
“What happened again?”
“The last toddler grew up. Last time Keth was the last toddler and this time it was Aer. As soon as she grew up she saved the game.” Christina smirks. “Guess she wasn’t taking any chances.”
“Oh so you did finish!”
“Yup. I did… which doesn’t explain why I’m still here.”
“Ya I don’t know.”
“So what was your final score?”

“Huh, good question… let’s see…”
“You’re not gonna make me do math are you?”
“Nah, okay so I last had a -21 and… wow, that’s bad. Then I called a nanny, which is -2 points. That nanny piddled herself twice that’s +2 points. -21 still… three more diaper changes, two babies pass out for -5 bringing me to -26…” Christina groans. “She’s gonna make me miserable for this isn’t she…”

Toots laughs, “Nah that 1 nice point will kick in. She knows you’ve suffered enough… erm unless the kids are gone because they were taken from the Social Worker. They weren’t taken by the Social Worker… were they? That would mean you failed and even that 1 nice point might not save you and it would explain why you’re still on that lot… alone…”

“What? No! I told you all seven grew up well, four of them in platinum and all seven were potty trained!”
Toots squeals and claps. “That’s good! Each toddler skill is 3 points per toddler, and each toddler that grows up well is another 3 points per toddler, oh and platinum, that’s good because each one of them gives you another 3 points each! That’s…”
“54 points so that gets me to 28 points! Oh this is good. What else do I get points for?”
Toots taps her lip in thought. “Skills… did they learn any? You know, like creativity… cooking, that sort of thing. You get a half a point for each of those kinds of skills.”
“No one got cooking, they are toddlers.” Christina thinks for a moment. “Yes, they all got a few skills. Let’s see, Ang has 3CeeCee has 5Keth has 3Kimmy has 4Lisa has 5Oydie has 3 and Aer has 4.”

“So that would be…”
Christina grins. “13 and a half more points. I now have 41.5 points!”

“Each and everyone of the girls got a quick makeover and then filed out the front door… something about petting the kitty.”
“Each of them?”
“Mhmm, Oydie, Lisa, CeeCee, Aer, Ang, Kimmy and Keth all ran out the front door.”
“To see a cat…”
“Ya, I don’t get that either. I mean, there were no cats in the yard. Just some weird looking statue.”

“Okay so that’s it for Toddler This! Thanks for reading along. Christina did surprisingly well considering her rocky start with an ending score of 41.5. We’re all proud of you. Until next time!”

“Whoa slow down. Where are my kids?”
“What do you mean gone?”
“They have each been put up for adoption.”
“But why? After all that she put me through in order to raise them… she’s just going to leave them in the adoption pool?

“Who knows?” Toots shrugs her slender shoulders and grins. “And really, that is it for Toddler This. The girls are in the adoption pool and part 1 of her 3 part ‘revenge challenges’ has at long last come to an end.” Toots waves to the camera. “See you next time!”

Switching Gears