Monday, February 28, 2011

My Precious

You know how sometimes I play the game and take lots of pictures but don't remember to write anything to go with the pictures? Yeah, I did that... so I don't remember what half this stuff is. Still, enjoy!


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Molly moved in, by the way. They're best pals, and Molly was struggling in a crappy apartment while paying for medical school, so Nathan offered her one of the extra rooms upstairs. She's adorable. When she moved in I learned that she is Brave, Good, Neat and Friendly in addition to being a Loner. So, pretty much the best sim ever.

Nathan, despite his healthy friendship with Molly, is still a bit depressed. He's also still growing out his hair and beard, so he has a nice Charles Manson look going on.


His inventing skills are really skyrocketing. He managed to build some sort of contraption that lets you dig in the earth for gems.

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The first time he used it, it was 2 a.m. and about six of his neighbors ran into the yard and frowned HARD at him while clamping their hands over their ears. He was just so excited to test his new invention! It wasn't all that useful though, so he sold it. And it left a huge hole in the yard which he had to fill in.


Because he needed something to make him look MORE like a serial killer.


Yeah, I have no idea.


Nathan got electrocuted while inventing, and I guess the shock was so powerful that it knocked his clothes right off, because you can see them sitting right there on the floor.


Molly decided that it would be good for Nathan to get out and socialize more, so she set him up with a friend of hers named Precious Mark. Don't look at me, I'm not the one who named her. At least it's not Precious Roy from Sifl and Olly.

On the day of their outing, Nathan sat there and waited for Precious to arrive... and waited... and waited...


Finally a cute girl came up and introduced herself as Precious.


She seemed nice enough, and their date went pretty well, but it was also pretty bland, so it didn't really give me any material to work with. I'm sure Nathan will be seeing more of Precious, though.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Family Matters

Molly started sleeping in Nathan's bed suddenly, all on her own. He went upstairs and found her snoozing away, then shrugged, got under the covers and snuggled her. It was adorable. I guess Molly's room is a spare bedroom now.


Babies are boring, so I'll skip to the toddler years. Toddler years are only slightly more interesting, so there's not much to say here either. Here are pictures of Lucy and Maggie as soon as they entered the Toddler phase.


What a cutie!


Haha, just kidding.


I think I'll start referring to childrens' birthdays as phases. When my kid sister turns seven in May, I can be all, "Congratulations on entering the Child phase!"

I gave Lucy and Maggie makeovers, because their default kids' clothes were weird. As usual. And now, some cute toddler scenes.

Teaching Lucy how to talk. 

Look at their adorable little animal PJs! 

Maggie is all OMNOM BLOCKS and Lucy is all "Excuse me, I am TRYING to DRAW here." 


This photo makes them look so woodsy.

I think Maggie is going to be a little spitfire.

The girls play very nicely together. Much more than Sam and Alistair ever did. 

And speaking of the boys, Nathan decided to reconnect with his sons after years without even seeing them on the street. He called up their house and invited them both over. They were happy to come.


A goony face and ridiculous clothing. Alistair is Nathan's kid, alright. In fact I'm surprised he coordinated his clothing to match at all.


Sam immediately talked to Nathan about real estate for hours on end.  They all jumped on the trampoline together, had a snack, and sat and talked for a while. Then it was time for the boys to head home and Nathan gave each of them a big hug.

 Pardon me while I wipe this solitary tear from my eye.

Nathan will be spending more time with his boys from now on. They've both developed negative traits while staying with their mother, and he wants to make sure they're growing up right.

Molly has a new hobby. When she's not working at the hospital, reading medical journals, or taking care of the girls, she sits at her laptop and writes.


What does she write? I'm glad you asked! She writes children's novels, and she's in the process of putting together a set to donate to the local library. I told you, Molly is the best sim ever.

One day, after tending to the girls for like five hours straight because toddlers are needy bitches, Nathan does this:

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 Then they kinda forgot about it for a long time. Nathan and Molly are the most lackluster couple. Their relationship is basically the result of a lot of "Eh, why not?" and "Might as well."

Somehow, even though she's still a Young Adult with twin toddlers who had a messy affair with her boss, Molly also managed to reach the top of the Medical career and achieve her lifetime goal of becoming a World-Renowned Surgeon. Now that she's gotten her lifetime wish, she can quit the medical career. She's been wanting to for a long time, but she was so close to achieving that goal and she didn't want to throw away all the effort she'd put into it. The day she received her final promotion, Nathan surprised her on the porch and said, "Let's get married!" And Molly thought, "Oh yeah, we're engaged, aren't we?" So they tied the knot right there, Molly all in her strange work clothes that EA is trying to pass of as surgeon garb, but we all know it's a mad scientist outfit. Look at that coat.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nathan's First Friend

After Nathan had that nightmare about his death by butt-fire, he installed a fire alarm in his tinkering shed, just to be safe. He's now a registered self-employed inventor, and he spends his days cranking out gadgets and whatsits so he can sell them. He still occasionally goes to the park to play his guitar for tips, as well. One day while doing just that, he suddenly has an emotional breakdown about Heather.

As he's standing there sobbing, getting tear stains all over his wrinkled tuxedo, a young woman in scrubs walks by and takes notice.


She looks very concerned for Nathan, and he ends up telling her his whole sob story.


After hearing his tale, she gives him a big compassionate hug, and he has a good cry on her shoulder. What a kind lady!


Her name is Molly, and Nathan, moved by her show of kindness, asks her if she wants to join him for drinks at the bistro (EVERY town in Simerica has a bistro). He just wants some company right now. She cheerily agrees, and they end up having a good time. As they're leaving, Nathan turns around to say something to Molly...


... but directly behind Molly, exiting the bistro, is Heather, carrying their son Sam.


Nathan's pretty uncomfortable hanging out with her right there, so he calls it a night. Molly says she had fun, though, and they should definitely do it again sometime.

So two days later, Nathan calls her up and they go to the Red Rendezvous, which is some kinda lounge I guess. There are foosball tables, but some old broad was hogging one and two frat boys were hogging the other. So Nathan mixed up some drinks at the (self-service?) bar and they talked and joked around.

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They're really becoming fast friends! That sparkly noise you heard in the video was the sound of Nathan's wish to Be Best Friends With Molly being fulfilled. Molly seems really easygoing and fun.

Oh, but did I mention that as they arrived at the Red Rendezvous, so did the one and only Heather?


It's like she's stalking Nathan or something. After a while Nathan got sick of looking over his shoulder and seeing Heather sitting there, so he asked Molly if she wanted to hang out at his place, and she said sure!

Once there, Nathan cooked up some burgers and they chowed down, and then they danced to soul music until one in the morning.

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I think I may be getting a little too attached to Nathan, because I felt such a genuine warmth while I watched him dancing and having a good time with his new friend. I just want Nathan to be happy!

So far, the only thing Nathan knows about Molly is that she's employed in the medical field and she's a Loner, just like him. Maybe that's why they get along so well; she really gets it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Troubled Times for a Troubled Man

Nathan may have given up crime and evil, but his past still haunted him in Sunset Valley. So Heather quit her job as Vice President and they packed up their stuff and their kids (and their house, because I'm lazy and didn't want to get them a new one) and moved across the country to a small, inconspicuous town called Twin Creek.

[Author's Note: Actually, my game screwed up again, and Nathan and family would freeze in place or turn invisible after about twenty minutes of gameplay. I could play other neighborhoods just fine though, so I packed them up and moved them to another neighborhood in the hopes that the game would act normally again. It seems to have worked so far.]

They're laying low to avoid notice from Nathan's shady ex-cronies, but that doesn't stop Nathan from delighting the townsfolk with his guitar playing in the park.


Heather wants to have another child already. Nathan can tell -- probably those mindreading powers -- and so he gets all romantic with her in bed one night.


Heather, however, wants no part of it. Buh wha? Ms. Big Family doesn't want to try to make a baby?

Maybe it's because her legs appear to be encased in a skirt of cement.

Then I glance at their relationship level, and HEEEEY, why do they dislike each other so much? They are both on the slightly negative/red side of the relationship meter. This is bad news.


Could it be because Nathan is responsible for her having to leave her beloved career and move cross-country to a town where she knows no one?

Nathan feels real bad about all of this, so he starts acting really nice to Heather, complimenting her, thanking her for all her housework, etc. Eventually he expresses his concern about the status of their relationship. She smiles and pats his shoulder, assuring him that nothing is wrong. Whew!


But then he tries to make babies again, and gets the same outright refusal. Heather even sleeps in another room for the night. So Nathan grumpily goes out to the shed he built in the yard to do some tinkering.


Nathan Newby with a blowtorch is exactly what the world needs.

It is there that he celebrates his birthday and turns from a Young Adult into a full-fledged Adult, alone, in his shorts, in the shed.


Heather has bought a laptop and spends a LOT of time chatting to friends on it. Well, she only has one friend, really. A city council member named Bill Racket.


She and Bill Racket become really good friends. She invites him to the house one day, and this is how she greets him:

Hussy. 

They go inside and she makes hamburgers.


Then it's Heather's turn to enter the Adult phase, and for some reason Bill Racket laughs sort of meanly at her in his really deep voice.


Nathan comes home a few hours later, sees the two plates on the table, shrugs, and finishes off Heather's half-eaten hamburger.


A few days later, Heather meets Bill Racket at the beach, where things get a little romantic. But when Heather leans in for a kiss, Bill Racket FREAKS OUT and tells her this is the worst outing he's ever had and basically he hates her. Then he RUNS THE HELL AWAY.


Heather is now very frustrated and unhappy. Filled with conflicting emotions (but mostly angst), she goes home. As soon as she sees Nathan, this happens:

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Sorry there's no sound, by the way. I'm not sure how it got turned off... But just look at that sad-ass puppy dog look on Nathan's face. Don't you just wanna hug'im?

After Heather has her little outburst, she takes their twin boys and moves out of the house.


The next morning, Nathan wakes up and immediately sobs for his lost family.


But hey, things aren't really so bad, are they? Nathan just pours himself into his inventing, and now he gets the Enjoying Solitude moodlet because he's a loner and alone. Everything will be okay.

... Except that while he's inventing something, he manages to set his butt on fire.


Man, this is not Nathan's week.

He freaks out for a bit before realizing he should probably do something about it, like maybe call the firefighters.

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You just watched a sim snuff film. Sicko.

The worst part about this is probably the awful surfer blonde hair he gets for some reason as a ghost.


Though the bright orange tuxedo is lookin' pretty sharp

Don't worry, though. Since I am pretty much the god of these here parts, and Nathan is my chosen one, I would never let him die. I saved it about two minutes prior to him dying, thankfully, so we'll just reverse time a little and say it was all just a bad dream.