Friday, January 20, 2012

3.16--A Space To Call Our Own

Dasia returns home shaken from her encounter with the frogs that flooded the school and decides to call it an early night.  Even with the lack of evidence everyone knows who did it, Gideon being the only one clever enough to pull it off and the timing much too convenient, but no one outright blames him.  Except for Ellis.

"I can't believe you." She can't help suppressing an incredulous smile.  Gideon was too good and this was something even she didn't see coming.

"Whatever do you mean?" He asks, feigning offense.

"Don't act coy with me.  I know you set those frogs loose, everyone knows it was you."

"I would never do such a thing.  And even if it were me, they have no definitive proof.  I'm in the clear."

Ellis shakes her head. "I really hope you know what you're doing, Gideon.  If mom and dad find out, they'll have your head.  And aren't you scared of what Dasia will do in return?"

Gideon laughs. "I think it will be impossible for her to top whatever genius pulled that hilariously executed plan.  If I had done it, I would say this is officially the end of the war and I have come out victorious - again."

"I hope you're right."

"You hope I won?  I always knew you were secretly on my side."

Dasia turns away frowning. "I'm on no one's side Gideon.  I meant, I hope you're right about this stupid feud being done with."

Gideon grins. "Now where would the fun in that be?"

After Dasia comes home, the twins settle down after their birthday festivities, and Pacey is put in his crib; Harper and Cedric finally find some alone time.  

Cedric laughs. "Why are we sitting in the dark?"

"I turned the lights out so the kids think we're sleeping.  Maybe then we'll be able to get some peace without one of them running up here to tattle on someone."

"Do you think it will work?"

"I have high hopes." Harper smiles. "Listen, we need to talk.  Pacey will be a child in a few days and we don't have room for him."

Cedric sighs. "Yeah, I know.  I talked to Dasia about potentially bunking up with him and she said she was fine with it - but we need a bigger place."

"The Abbey's just moved out of their house across town; I think we might be able to afford it. We'll have to jump on it fast, though.  I have a feeling it won't stay on the market for long."

"If we can buy it tomorrow, I think we can get this place all packed and moved while the kids are at school." Cedric pauses, before adding;  "I was hoping to spend our day off in a more - romantic manner."

"Well... we still have tonight."

Cedric pulls Harper closer. "Indeed we do."

With luck, Harper and Cedric are able to secure their new house the following day.  It took some serious haggling with the realtor, but with their aggressive tactics they were able to put themselves on the market and buy it outright.

And a good thing too because just two days later, Pacey becomes a child.  

More mysterious pranks have been popping up around the school.  Gideon tries to play it cool, but he doesn't fool Duncan. 

Cedric doesn't understand his son on most days.  Gideon is the only one of his children that still remains an enigma to him, but any attempt to pick apart his thoughts leaves Cedric even more confused than he was previously.  

"So how's school going, Giddy?"

Gideon smirks. "School is - fine."

"Did you make any new friends?  Maybe a girlfriend or boyfriend?"

Gideon shrugs. "I know people."

Cedric thinks that this conversation is clearly going nowhere. "Well... thanks for the talk son -"

"- it was enlightening." He deadpans.

Gideon grins when he sees his father's expression. "No problem."

It turns out Gideon does have a boyfriend, although he would never let his parents know.  It's far too much fun being vague and keeping them guessing.

As soon as Gideon shows up to their spot, Kristofer Starr pulls him into a hug. "I feel like I haven't seen you all day."

Gideon laughs. "You haven't.  I was in the principal's office under suspicion, remember?"

Kris glares at him worriedly. "You're going to get into some serious trouble if you keep this up, Gid. Tobias told me that he overheard a couple of teachers talking about you and it wasn't good. It will get back to your parents, eventually."

"Nah.  You're paranoid.  Trust me, I have my bases covered."

Gideon can see that Kris is about to argue further, so he quickly changes the topic.  "Want to go see a movie?"

"It's really close to curfew; I'm not sure we would make it back in time."

Gideon quirks his eyebrow. "Kris, you have to live on the wild side a little.  You're too bent on keeping the rules."

"I can never understand why you like me over Tobias.  You two seem to have more in common, at least as far as the principal is concerned." Kris scoffs.

Gideon wraps his arms around Kris's waist, pulling him closer. "I'm with you because I like you.  I like that you're a goody-goody on most occasions, but still know when to have fun.  I like that you mellow me out when I get temperamental.  I just - like you."  Gideon smiles.  "Now how about that movie?"

Ignore the pixelated mess.  My graphics card SUCKS.

As soon as the boys make their way over, there is a cop patrolling the area looking for delinquents.  They hoped they were sneaky enough to stay out sight, but she spotted them in no time.  

Gideon lies to the cop telling her that Kris works at the theater and he just got off his shift, and although she doesn't believe him fully, lets Kris off with a warning.  And so, Gideon takes the fall.

And what a fall it ends up being.  Cedric is waiting at the front door for his son to return the moment he gets the call from the policewoman.  "What were you doing out so late?! And don't lie to me; not right now."

Gideon lets his anger play across his face, before replying.  "I just wanted to see a movie.  I was going to come home right after - dad." He adds sarcastically.

"And with that bout of disrespect added to the list; you're officially grounded Gideon.  No TV, no computer, no video games, and no friends for the next week.  Do you understand?" Gideon purses his lips and nods curtly. "Good. Now go to your room.  I've had it for tonight."

Gideon goes to his room and smirks.  "He didn't say I couldn't play the drums."

Smashing his drum set does help him calm down a bit, with the added bonus of annoying everyone else in the house.  If he is going to be grounded, he's going to make damn sure to spread his misery.  

Things continue in the Harris household as normal, despite Gideon's recent run-in with the law.  Dasia is still not talking to Gideon after her prom fiasco and everyone else is preoccupied with life, so she spends her time polishing her writing skills.

Ellis and Pacey develop a bond.  He's more reclusive than their siblings and doesn't like socializing, so he only plays with select people in the household.  Ellis never asks too many questions and seems to genuinely enjoy her time with him; Pacey decides he likes her the best.

Harper purchases a few new songs from the bookstore.  She has since moved up in her career and is finding that her guitar skills are a bit rusty compared to her coworkers.  She and Cedric stay home in shifts to make sure Gideon adheres to his punishment, so she uses any time that she has alone to practice away from the home and away from the stress.  

The combination of playing new music and being outside makes her a little over-excited; but also a town spectacle.  Before she knows it, she's drawing crowds that are entranced by her both her music and her erratic guitar playing.

Cedric also uses his off time to get out of the house.  He finds the gym to be a relaxing place and running to be the perfect way to work off aggression.

The night before Dasia's birthday, Gideon is finally released from his punishment.  Harper pats him gently on the shoulder; "Me and your father discussed it and we think you've served your time.  Please, next time you feel you are going to be late; give us a call.  We weren't necessarily angry that you broke curfew, but that we didn't know where you were."  Harper brushes his hair back from his face. "I've lost family members before, I don't want to lose any of you kids as well."

Gideon's curiosity sparks, his mother never talks about her past; but suppresses his want to ask questions. For once, his guilt outweighs any other emotion and he simply nods. "Okay, mom.  Next time, I'll give you and dad a heads up."

Dasia's birthday party is scheduled the next afternoon.  Duncan's birthday was the previous day and Lizzie still had seven days until hers, so it was decided that since Lizzie was so far behind, Duncan and Dasia would celebrate their newfound adulthood without her the night of graduation.

Dasia relishes her freedom already.

After a week of being separated, Gideon not having his phone, and only being able to socialize at school; Kris finally gets the opportunity to thank Gideon for saving his ass properly.

That's certainly one way of thanking someone, Kristofer. These two are seriously adorable together. *swoon*

Dasia wakes up extra early the next morning to get a makeover before her graduation.  She knows her parents are probably going to hate it, but she feels more herself and less like a child.

Pink, purple, and blue hair? Yes, please!

Dasia was hoping to spring her new look on her family as a surprise, but it turns out Gideon and Ellis were already awake.  Dasia sighs reluctantly and joins her siblings on the couch.  "You guys were supposed to be asleep." She chides.

"Yeah, well - mom apparently went into our bedroom and set our alarm clocks to seven to make sure we woke up on time for your graduation.  I'm locking my bedroom from now on."

Gideon doesn't say anything for a moment and instead gazes at his sister's new hair.  "I hate your hair." He states simply.

Dasia smirks. "I hate your face."

Ellis laughs to herself quietly. "Well at least you two are talking again."

This chapter was supposed to cover Dasia's graduation and night out with Duncan as well, but it was getting a bit lengthy; so I cut it short.

Totaling the chapters between this legacy and the Dennis'; I'm at 40 chapters. WHHHAAA? When did that happen?  Seriously though; it took me forever to get here. : /

More than a few people have shown interest in Dasia (and I'm excited to hear it!) and I just wanted to add that she is located in the Random Legacies Sims' blog for everyone to enjoy... or murder.  Ya' know; whatever floats your boat.

I forgot to write down his traits. I'll get to those next age-up. : /

Other than that, no new updates to share as of yet.  Things are moving along swimmingly.

Also, I'm 23 today guys! :D

Sunday, January 15, 2012

3.15--The Prank Master

Harper celebrates becoming an adult.

The middle picture is my favorite.  Do you see Foster checking out Leliana?  He has no boundaries, I say!

Not long into the party, Pacey decides to age-up as well.

I toooootally forgot it was his birthday too.  Whoops.

Aaaand random shot of Marie (her and Angel's daughter Fawn is in the background; pre-makeover).  Marie has a tendency to leave parties -and her children- behind as soon as the festivities begin to bore her.  She was only at Harper's shin-dig for a total of 30 sim minutes. : (

Dasia takes the time to play with the newly toddler-ized Pacey.

And then attempts to scare him senseless.  It doesn't work.

Foster decides to woo the crowd with his awesome guitar playing.  The only drawback is, he makes this decision after everyone has already left and most of the household retired to bed.

"Um... you know I'm the only one awake, right?"

Foster quirks his eyebrow seductively. "When do you become an adult again?"

"Please leave... now." Dasia opens the door and wrinkles her nose in annoyance as Foster chuckles on his way out.

The next morning, Gideon showers to find that someone has used his own prank against him.  His emotions go quickly from abject horror-

-to vowed revenge.  He knows who did it, and she will pay.

He finds the culprit on the couch.  Dasia suppresses a laugh when she sees that his hair is back to its normal red-brown.

Gideon sits nonchalantly, not wanting to give his anger away, but fails miserably.  "I hate your shirt.  It's stupid."

"Yeah... well you're stupid."

Gideon shrugs. "Wanna watch some TV?"


While Dasia prepares for the backlash and Gideon plans his next move, Ellis invites over a new friend.  Her name is Fawn Starr.  She and Ellis instantly connected when they realized they live in similar circumstances.  Both have parents with a past that they still have yet to learn, both have families that moved to Meadow Glen for mysterious reasons, and -most importantly- both have stupid siblings that keep fighting.

"What do your brother and sister do when they fight?" Fawn asks curiously.

Ellis grimaces.  "They call each other mean names and then make me their messenger when they aren't talking anymore.  Right now they are pranking each other until someone cries... or kills the other.  I'm not sure how it is going to end, actually; but it's stupid."

"My brothers yell at each other a lot and sometimes my mom has to break them up.  Last time Kris tried to pull a prank on Tobias, Tobias punched him in the face really hard and his nose bled for a day straight.  My mom is pretty scary when she's angry though and they both haven't dared to fight each other like that since."

Ellis frowns.  "But I see your brothers hanging out together all the time?"

Fawn shrugs. "Yeah.  They're pretty close... they just fight a lot."

"I don't get it."

"Neither do I."

Dasia is legitimately frightened of what Gideon will do to her, so she asks Duncan to come over to help her plan; only to find that he's useless in this department.

"You forget.  My closest sibling in age is a toddler and I don't think it's in good humor to pull shenanigans on a baby."

"Dammit.  I don't know what I'm going to do then.  I guess I'll just have to sweat it out until the little twerp delivers."

"Riiiight.  Aren't you supposed to be the one setting an example in this scenario?"

"You sound just like my parents."

Duncan laughs.  "Well, they do say I'm mature for my age."

"Who are 'they,' exactly?"

"The voices in my head." Duncan smiles. "Listen, my mom wants me to be out of the house for the next few hours and I was thinking we could go out and do something for once?  I think Lizzie said she wanted to go to the movies."

Dasia chuckles.  "When are you two going to go out on a date?"

"Who?  Me and Liz? Uh, never... I suppose.  I don't like her like that.  I -um- well let's just say I have my eye on someone else."

"I take it you're not going to tell me who it is?"  Duncan shakes his head in response. "Well, whoever she is; she's a very lucky girl."  

"Yeah, and also very oblivious." Duncan mutters quietly.


"I said Liz will be very pissed... um, if she has to wait more than five minutes for us.  You know how she gets."

"Well let's go then.  Angry Liz scares me."

Dasia's prom falls the same night as the twins' birthday.  Gideon is more than happy to see Dasia leave, but Ellis is a bit sad that her sister will miss her big moment, but knows that her sister had been looking forward to prom all month.  They both promise to share all the gory details about their nights when Dasia returns.

As usual, Ellis ages up first-

-followed closely by Gideon.  

Gideon doesn't waste any time to get his comeuppance on his sister.  The upside of his whole scheme is that he gets to scare his sister while also cementing his reputation before he even starts school.

"Two birds with one stone."

*cue maniacal laughter*

Just thirty minutes later and he leaves the building satisfied.  Letting all those frogs loose proved to be a feat, but he managed it successfully and didn't get caught in the process.  

+1 for Gryffindor... I mean, Gideon!

Generation Four will begin in about four or five chapters -I hope- as I'm planning to rush a bit through Ellis' teen stage (nothing happening) and I really want to get moving along.  Just pretend it makes sense.  : /


She's definitely an awkward looking teenager.  She's much prettier when she is YA.

I think he turned out quite handsome... surprisingly.