Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ch. 51: And the lived happily ever after

People who follow the MTS discussion thread already know I had to cut this legact short due to lag and freezing, which were unfortunately as bad in Los Aniegos as they were in Appaloosa Plains.

I've started a new legacy which can be found here:
Dayspring Legacy

The new legacy isn't a direct continuation of this one, but the founder is a descendant of Aymeri and Ico.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Chapter 50: Into the Sunset

Grim comes for Kelsey during dinner.

Chayton is left bereft at her passing.

This place only became his home after his long travels, it only became his home because it was Kelsey's. Without her, though he loves his daughter and her sons, he's not sure this place is his home anymore. Maybe it was time he moved on.

"Don't be ridiculous," Sage replies when Chayton tells her he's thinking of leaving, "Kieran and Kaiden need you here; you can't leave them now."

"I was never much of a father to you," Chayton admits sadly.

"Don't," Sage sighs, "We had this conversation when I was a teenager. You may not have been here at the start, but you've been part of my life for years now, and you are a grandfather. You aren't going anywhere now. Understood?"

"Understood," Chayton nods with a slight smile.

Kieran has his birthday.

He becomes a young adult.

Jasmine had her birthday just a few days before he did. She lives alone with her elderly mother, and invites Kieran to move in with her.

"She'll be thrilled to have a doctor in the house," Jasmine enthuses. Kieran is going ahead with his plan to start a career in medicine.

Kaiden's birthday follows the day after his brother's.

Grim decides to intrude on the birthday celebration.

"I'm so sorry about your grandpa," Becky consoles him.

"I got you a birthday gift," Kaiden says, handing her the box. Becky's own birthday was a few days before his.

"I love it," she squeals when she tears off the wrapping to reveal a heart shaped amethyst. She loves anything purple. "I'll treasure this forever."

Kaiden suggested they go hang out at the arcade, but Becky wanted to go dancing.

"You dance pretty good," she remarks, "I don't suppose you want to go to the prom with me?"

"I thought you were dating Richard," Kaiden answers.

Becky rolls her eyes, "We broke up yesterday. You aren't going to leave me dateless for the prom are you?" She laughs and bats her eyes at him.

"So, is this a date date, or are you just trying to get back at Richard?" Kaiden asks.

"Silly, I broke up with Richard so I could ask you out," Becky says with a teasing smile.

"Sorry, dumb jock moment," Kaiden laughs.

Becky slaps his arm gently, "You know you're not. Dumb, I mean. I guess the jock part is about right. And I'll have to fight off all the cheerleaders and popular girls that will be throwing themselves at you."

Kaiden puts his arms around her, "They can try throwing themselves at me," he says, "But I won't catch them."

Kaiden is a jock, and is very active in the school's sports program.

And when he's not in school, or out with Becky, he's at the gym. His dedication to his team pays off when recruiters from the Los Aniegos Badgers come to one of their games, and offer Kaiden a position on the team as soon as he graduates.

Kaiden tells Becky the big news on prom night.

"L.A.?" she gasps, "Really? Oh, you aren't going to leave me here, are you?"

"Becky, if you aren't coming with me, I'm not going," Kaiden says.

"You're kidding," Becky laughs, "You wouldn't give up an opportunity like that just for me, would you?"

"Of course I would," he answers.

"Well, I won't let you, I'm coming with you," Becky says, "Moving to L.A. is a dream come true. I won't have much of a music career if I stayed here."

Kaiden becomes a young adult.

He and Becky pack their things and head out west to the smoggy city of Los Aniegos.

With his family's wealth, they buy a house in the hills, just beneath the famous Hillwood sign. The house comes furnished, so the couple can just move in. Once they get settled in their new life here, they can redecorate it to suit their tastes.

Challenge Notes:

In the MTS forums, I've mentioned the difficulties I've been having in Appaloosa Plains with lagging and periodic freezing. These problems started back in Kelsey's generation, and have become worse over time. The freezes have become particularly annoying, I get several of them per Sim day.
I had said in the forums that I was going to abandon this legacy and start fresh rather than move, because I'm also involved in rebuilding Riverview for my next legacy after this one, something I hinted at in one of my previous chapter comments, when Aymeri and Ico and Tania and Auberon decided to cleanse the town of human pollution and make it their own.
I didn't want the the hassle of preparing another world for Kaiden to move into while simultaneously building up a new Riverview, and I was feeling very unmotivated by Kaiden's generation roll, so I thought I'd drop it.

But the Riverview project is slow going as I'm completely rebuilding, so I decided I could carry on this legacy in Los Aniegos, which is prepopulated and has the LN venues I require for Becky's band career.
Assuming Becky sticks around long enough to form a band.

Kaiden's roll is Second Chance, 3 kids. Primaray career is sports, secondary is Busker/Band for partner 1 and Inventor for partner 2.

The goal is Awesome and the Misc. Fun is Runs in the Family (Complete, as both Kieran and Kaiden got the Brave trait).

I used Nraas Traveler mod for the move, so Kaiden and Becky are still related to their families in AP, which is now a vacation world attached to L.A. as a base hood.