Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Chapter 34: Spooky Action at a Distance
"Thanks for keeping the date. I'm sorry I'm not as much fun as you hoped," Logan says, trying to smile.
"Ssh, It's okay. I want to be with you even when you're sad," Susanne answers.
"You can adopt one from the shelter," Kelsey answers, "Just make sure you are prepared to take care of it."
That was easy enough, and Sage is glad she didn't waste her wish on that. "Mom, I want to know about my father," She says, deciding to take some action on achieving her real wish, "He's the one that sends you things from around the world, right?"
Kelsey nods. She'd been expecting her children to ask about their fathers someday. Logan never seemed to care, but Sage has always liked to poke around the things Chayton sent her, and to stare at his picture, her unasked questions hanging in the air.
"Why doesn't he ever visit?" Sage asks, "Will I ever get to meet him?"
"I don't know," Kelsey says, putting her off.
Chayton calls her that night, as she kind of knew he would.
"What has happened?" he asks when she picks up, "I felt your grief."
"My parents have passed," she answers, "How is it that you know what I'm feeling? How do I have dreams about you that are true?"
"We share a bond," he says.
It can't be that simple, she thinks. "Will I ever see you again?" she asks.
"Yes," he says without pause, "I will come to you."
Her joy at he thought of being with him again falls as she remembers she hasn't told him about their daughter. After all this time, it's not the kind of news she wants to give him over the phone. "Maybe we could meet in Redwood Harbor," she suggests. That way she could tell him about Sage before he meets her. And if having a daughter is too much for him and he decides to back off, at least Sage wouldn't be hurt by his sudden entrance and departure from her life.
"I'm leaving for Al Simhara tomorrow," he says, "I'll call you when my trip is done, and we'll get together then."
"That's the kind of wacky spiritual shit my father was always talking," Aimee says, completely devoid of any mockery, "It's too bad he's not around, he'd probably have some kind of explanation for you. Not that any of the shit he believed in was anything but mumbo jumbo, mind you."
"What about your brothers?" Kelsey asks, "Would they know anything about it?"
"No, we were all equally disappointing to the old man in our lack of interest in his bullshit," Aimee answers with a laugh.
"Don't you even care about who your father is?" Sage asks her brother.
"Should I?" Logan questions her back, "Whoever he was, he wasn't here when I was born, and he's never come around. I've done just fine without him."
"But don't you want to know where you come from? He's half your genetic heritage and all," Sage persists.
"I come from here, that's all I need to know," Logan says. He's never spared so much as a thought for his missing father, and he doesn't like the new questions his sister is stirring in his head.
Now, she has an unsolved question, and no one has answers for her. Maybe because she'd been seeking some kind of supernatural explanation, when she should have been looking to science. Vaguely, she remembers something she read about when she was in school, something in quantum mechanics about entangled particles. Kelsey browses the stacks, looking for the dimly remembered book.
Before she finds it, she runs into her brother Rory, recently divorced. Rumor has it that Alana finally left him when she discovered he was having an affair.
"I'm so happy for you," Kelsey exclaims, hugging her little brother.
"You're the only one, then," Rory laughs, "Everyone else thinks I'm a major asshole for cheating on Alana."
"I'm just glad you got yourself out of that miserable situation," Kelsey says, "I don't care what you did to make it happen."
"Yeah, that's Lauren," Rory says with a blush, "She wants to meet my family, but everyone is treating her like 'the other woman'."
Kelsey watches her children having lunch together. It seems like they were just toddlers, but now they are teens, and Logan will be graduating tomorrow and moving out on his own.
Sage sees him standing by the front door when she comes home from school. She doesn't need to see his face to know who he is.
I don't think I ever mentioned Kelsey's traits. Genius, Animal Lover, Lucky are the three I remember right now. I gave her Animal Lover but rolled the rest randomly.
So, I intervened in Rory's life. It reached a point where Alana had declared him a nemesis. But they were still together. So, when Lauren immigrated to town and joined the Criminal career, I decided to make her and Rory Romantic Interests, hoping it would push things along. It didn't, so I just reached in and divorced Alana and Rory, and moved Alana out. Then Lauren moved in and SP had them have a baby.
I have my SP setting to allow for affairs, but I have never seen one happen that I didn't make happen. Not even for Sims with Commitment Issues (they usually break up very quickly with anyone that they've partnered with, rather than waiting around to cheat on a partner.)
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