Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ambitions & Amore

Purely for your enjoyment, here is a picture of Nathan snooping around at the art gallery with a magnifying glass:

Now that Nathan has successfully smooched Heather, he can woo her openly. He likes to serenade her with his guitar.

Also now that he has smooched her, he is on a fervent quest to get some. She spends the night at his place every night, but it's several days (which is like several weeks or months in sim terms) before the option to WooHoo even shows up. Finally it does, one night while they are cuddling in bed.

Nathan is beside himself with excitement! Tonight could really be the night! He goes in for the kill...

... and is rejected outright.

He tries again and again on other nights, but is rejected over and over.

It's pretty odd that she's still wearing her wedding ring, but whatever. Nathan didn't give up, and eventually he got to hit that. No, I didn't take any pictures of it. What sort of girl do you think Heather is?

The morning after, Nathan asks Heather to be his steady girlfriend, and she happily accepts. Bolstered by this acceptance, he tells her he has a surprise for her.

And the next day, they are married unceremoniously in a private wedding.

Happy day! Yay! Hooray! Heather immediately moves in, and we find out that, as well as being Ambitious, she is Neat, Friendly, Loves the Outdoors, and is Family-Oriented. Wait... hold on. Family-Oriented sims always want big families. I check her lifetime goal...

Sure enough, her lifetime goal is to raise five children to their teens. Only then will she truly be happy. Well, great. I figured Nathan for a one-child kinda guy, but it looks like Heather has other plans for him. Moreover, she immediately gains the wish to Have a Child. Oh boy. ... Or girl.

If Nathan's going to step up and be a family man, he'll have to earn more money. Heather is already set in her career as a politician, but Nathan doesn't plan on being a P.I. forever. It's time for him to quit the investigation business and start making progress toward his longterm career goal. It's time for him to become a criminal.

He starts out as a decoy, but on his first day he tips his boss off about a police stakeout and is immediately promoted to cutpurse. Then he immediately gets the desire to be fired, because the pressure of performing well is too much for him. Buck up, lil camper!

As a cutpurse he needs to improve his athletic abilities so he can escape from the cops if need be. It's probably also a good idea so he can escape from Odin Crosby if need be.

Nathan's attempts at building muscle are adorably pathetic.

Eh, he'll get better with time.

Heather, meanwhile, is doing quite well in her career. She was struggling while she was with Odin; he must not have been very supportive. She always had a negative moodlet because she wasn't moving up the political ladder fast enough for her Ambitious desires. But since moving in with Nathan, she's already been promoted once and is well on her way to improving her charisma. She practices her speech a lot.

She also likes to read books about pregnancy and children. This woman is serious about procreation.

Nathan is working out every chance he gets. Maybe a little of his mother's athleticism rubbed off on him. Of course, only Nathan would work out in a tuxedo.

He likes to boast about his newly gained muscles, and Heather is very supportive of him.

The days are flying by. Both sims are slowly earning promotions and raises at work. They buy nicer things with some of their hard-earned money, like a TV and a nicer fridge, shower/bathtub combo and toilet. Everything is going swimmingly, until...

Nathan goes and gets himself arrested. Spending time in jail isn't all that bad, though. He just works out a lot and makes some new friends, and he's released later that evening. He wouldn't mind being arrested again.

Simlife goes on... Nathan got arrested again, and when he got out he immediately went to bed because he was exhausted. Apparently they don't let you sleep in jail. Heather was at work at the time, and when she came home in the afternoon she laid down next to him and fell asleep. It was terribly cute.

Later that night, something freaky happened. It requires some backstory:

Quite some simtime ago, I found a garden gnome named The Mysterious Mr. Gnome in Nathan's inventory. I assume it's a reward from solving the mystery of the smashed toes and the lawn gnome kicking. I placed him on the lawn, where he stood looking rather jaunty and cute. Every night I would hear a *poof!*, and the Mysterious Mr. Gnome would be in a different spot on the lawn, in a different position. I was like, okay, cute little gnome who poofs and moves around, that's whimsical and fun.

But this night, while Nathan is at work being a thug and Heather is sleeping peacefully, I hear the gnome poof and then, also, I hear TV noises. What the heck? Did Nathan come home and start watching TV? Is that the neighbor's TV that's really loud for some reason? I pan the camera over to the living room, and I see this:

The little bastard is watching TV.


  1. Those rejection screens are the best.

    Do you just use the default camera to get these pictures, or are you using something different?

  2. Depends on what you mean by "default camera." If you hit Tab, it hides the UI and gives you a much more maneuverable camera which you can control with the mouse and W, A, S, D, Q and E on the keyboard. Z and X zoom in and out, but it distorts it so I don't use them.

  3. I've had several of those roaming Gnomes and never caught one of them turning on the television. I'm going to keep a MUCH keener eye on those buggers now.

  4. A had a firefighter sim that had to take on a gnome invasion once, that's some serious shit.

  5. I have seen these gnome invasions as well. Creepy is what they are. The music drives me nuts and I hate the little laugh they do.

  6. Something to look forward to, with dread, I suppose.