Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chapter Nineteen: For Better or for Worse

Phoenix took a deep breath, trying to center himself. After his proposal, the preparations for the wedding went by in a flurry as he and Sadie had wanted to get married in Anne Arbor before moving away for for Sadie's new job. Phoenix felt like he'd hardly had a chance to get used to the idea before he was standing here as a groom on the big day.

Sadie's father, Sahil Kapoor, tried to reassure his soon-to-be son-in-law. Sure, his daughter could be over-emotional at times, but she wasn't that hard to live with. You just needed to watch out when she started giving you those big, puppy dog eyes. Even after twenty years, Sahil admitted, she could still bend him to her will with that trick.

Phoenix wasn't so sure this advice was helping at the moment.

Meanwhile, Rachel was peaking into the dressing room to check up on Sadie.

She told her how happy she was that Sadie was joining the family and let her know what a beautiful bride she was.

And then it was time for the ceremony to begin.

And then the reception.

Sahil sighed as he sunk into the seat next to Rachel, "I don't know what happened, it seems like she was just a little girl such a short time ago, "

"Oh, yes, I know what you mean," Rachel agreed, surprised to hear her own thoughts voiced aloud by someone else.

"You work so hard to give them everything they need," he continued, "and then, before you can blink, they're leaving and you wonder if those were the things you were supposed to have given them."

"Well, I don't know," Rachel replied, "but in the end, they look happy, don't they? I don't think we did too bad."


You may have noticed that Sadie convinced Phoenix to go back to his natural hair color for the wedding. ;)  I meant to mention it last time, but Phoenix had rolled a want to ask Sadie to marry him when they were teens and I'd had it saved since. It was nice being able to fulfill that after what I had to put poor Rachel through. Rachel's formal wear was designed as part of a mid-life crisis wish, btw, and has been sitting around waiting for this event. But now it's time for some funny pictures!

Phoenix and Sadie decided to synchronize their first trip to the bathroom as husband and wife:

Eariler, I had moved Sadie and Sahil into the Keatts' house before the wedding so I could have better control over everyone, if necessary, so here's the carpool to the venue:

I think it's hilarious how Sadie and Sahil look like they're being taken away for sentencing or something. No backing out now! xD

And here's Phoenix the next morning, making clear to Sahil what his intentions with his daughter are:

"I will impregnate her with many babies."

That's most likely due to Phoenix's family oriented trait, which he got when he aged up to Young Adult. So now, his full trait list is Brave, Good, Vegetarian, Rebellious and Family Oriented. And because I don't think I've ever mentioned them, Sadie's traits are Adventurous, Hates the Outdoors, Over Emotional, Mooch and Loser. I noticed the adventurous trait when she was a child, and that sealed her fate as Phoenix future wife, since I already new that secondary income for gen two was going to be adventurer.

I created Sahil so that Sadie would have some family. He's basically a gender-swapped version of her with a few tweaks here and there. He's a single parent, like Rachel, and in my head part of the reason that Phoenix and Sadie got along so well is because they grew up under such similar circumstances, with single parents who were very busy with work all the time and could therefore relate to each other.

The guests at the wedding were mostly Sadie's friends (some of whom Phoenix was also acquainted with), Rachel's co-workers, and random people who showed up at the community lot since I didn't buy it out. The only two attendees who were really familiar to me were Greg Hamilton and Holly Sue MuMacker, Rachel's current and previous partner, respectively, although neither has been a part of the story since chapter four. Still, it was enough to get them both front row seats next to Rachel and Sahil during the ceremony.

Rachel and Sahil's expressions during the wedding were pretty funny, too. I especially recommend going back and taking a good look at the change in emotions between the two wedding cake pictures. xD Which makes this a good time to remind you that you can always click on the pictures to see a larger version.

Anyway, enough blabbing! Now there's only one more chapter left and then they make the move to Meadow Glen. :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chapter Eighteen: To the Ends of the Earth

Phoenix walked out of work one evening with determination. He had been saving up his paychecks and finally had enough, so he hurried off to make his purchase.

Aww, yeah. No more run-down carpools for Phoenix Keatts.

As he parked his new bike in the driveway, Phoenix realized that it was time for the next step. Graduation, a tattoo, a job and new wheels were all big changes, but now he was ready for something even bigger.

Pulling out his phone, he dialed the number quickly before he could change his mind, "Hi, Sadie? Are you busy t-- What? Some news? Yeah. Yeah, the Bistro, tonight? Sure, I'll meet you there!" Well, that part went easily enough, it must be a good sign.

Phoenix quickly changed his shirt and freshened up; he had to be at his best tonight.

The sun was setting and Sadie hadn't yet arrived when Phoenix pulled up at the Bistro, so he took a moment to park the motorcycle and stash his jacket and helmet.

He didn't have long to wait after that.

"After you," he offered, opening the gate for his date.

Phoenix watched as she walked past him into the restaurant. Just seeing her made his heart flutter and he knew that he was making the right choice.

As they sat down to eat, Sadie wasted no time in bringing up the news she had mentioned on the phone. Phoenix had been so absorbed in his plan for the evening that he had almost forgetten that she had come here with her own agenda.

"I got a job!" she squealed, "At a little museum I applied to before graduation. Since I hadn't heard anything in so long I thought I'd been rejected, but they just finally got in touch and they're hiring me!"

"That's great, Sadie!"

"Yeah! I'm going to be the assistant curator, it's perfect. The only thing is, they want me to start next month, so I only have a few weeks to move, since it's all the way in Meadow Glen."

Phoenix nearly dropped his fork. She was leaving. That couldn't be right, that ruined everything, she wasn't supposed to go away. Finally, he shook his head, as the initial shock wore away.

"No," he stated resolutely, almost to himself, "I won't let you go."

"Oh, I see how it is," Sadie turned away, glaring, "You get to study to be a prestigious doctor, doing what you love, and I'm supposed to just stick around in my father's ratty bookstore for the rest of my life. Well, that's not how it works, Phoenix. No one gets to tell me whether or not I'm going but me, and I say that I am!" and she stood up to make good on that promise.

"Sadie, wait, please!" Phoenix jumped up after her, panicked. How was this all going so wrong?

"DON'T, Phoenix," Sadie's voice was strained with emotion, "Why do you have to make me choose between you and my dreams? You can't do that. It's not fair."

"I didn't mean it like that," Phoenix said softly, reaching out for her hands.

"I love you, Sadie. I don't ever want to be away from you," he tried to explain.

"Phoenix, what are you..." Sadie gasped as he bent down on one knee and fumbled for something in his pocket.

"Sadie Kapoor, I came here tonight to ask you to marry me. I can't stand the idea of not being near you, and if that means following you to Meadow Glen or the ends of the earth, then I will go there with you, if you'll let me."

"So, please, say yes, let me be with you wherever you go."

"I-- Yes! Of course, yes!" Sadie laughed through her fingers, hardly believing what was happening

As her warm arms wrapped around him, Phoenix could feel all the tension in his body melting away. Finally, everything was right.



And then they were robbed!

And now, finally, the roll for generation two:

Marital Structure: Couple – You must obtain a spouse or unmarried partner.

Number of Children: 3

Primary Income: Profession – Medical

Secondary Income: Non-Standard Career – Adventurer

Generation Goal: Change of Scenery - Your Sim is fed up of the same 4 walls and wants to move. Either:
1. Delete everything in your house which isnt Sim made or from a vacation world and 
build a new house from scratch.
2. Place a pre-built house somewhere in your town and move into it.
3. Move into an existing house in your town.
4. Move your Sims to a new town. If you choose this option, then for neighbourhood 
continuity reasons your Sims may NOT move into a town your legacy has already
lived in.

Miscellaneous Fun: Tattoo Addict - You must have a new tattoo every Sim week (Sunday to Saturday)