I’m the only one grieving Palo Verde, unless there are a few heart-broken fans of the Royal Llama Tamer out there. The rest of the family is just fine. Cassandra, since she pled with Grim, didn’t get the grieving moodlet, and everyone else was busy doing something. So far, no one has even gone out to mourn him.
Ironwood had his young adult birthday the day after PV’s demise. He rolled creative–a great trait! It’s a bit of surprise for me, as I never really pegged him as the creative type, despite his being an artistic prodigy as a child. He seems happy with it. His renaissance Sim aspiration fits him well, for he gets to be a dilettant, rather than a specialist.
When Saturday rolled around, the family decided to do something new, different, and radical: to brave the load screens and go to a community lot!
I seem to get the legacy family out about once or twice per generation, usually not until the eldest elder has met his demise and the youngest youngster has become a teen, which is exactly where we are with the family right now!
Everyone has something that needs to be done away from home.
Cassandra needs to earn 100 Simoleans in tips for the next milestone of her second aspiration.
Princess needs to find two more MySims trophies to complete a collection for the curator aspiration.
Sweet Willow needs to introduce herself to five more Sims for the first milestone of her Joke Star aspiration.
And I-dub. Well, it’s time for Ironwood to start looking for a mate. He’ll wind up being the heir if Willow doesn’t roll goofball when she becomes a young adult, and it’s not too soon to get started.
At the park, the Boughs were happy to see their cousins along with Aunts El and M. Yeah, someone in the family is always mad. I wonder why, Manzanita.
Willow met this beautiful gardener playing chess, and she introduced her to Ironwood.
Ironwood has never enjoyed a chess match so much before. Look at him! He’s all grins! (I love that he has inherited Palo Verde’s grin. That’s a gift from the squint-eye-square-jaw glitch that I will never regret! This smile lights me up inside!)
Oh, my. Alivia is wonderful. So beautiful! She’s a foodie, so she appeals to I-dub’s glutton nature. They talked a lot about grilled cheese.
She’s cheerful, one of my favorite traits.
And she’s a geek,–a delightful trait, too.
I had never seen I-dub smile so much before! He completely forgot that he woke up one the wrong side of the bed that morning.
After the chess match (which drew quite a crowd), they enjoyed burgers, and Cassandra and Willow joined them.
What a successful day at the park! Willow introduced herself to everyone she needed to. Cassandra earned her tips. Princess got a few more trophies, but not the ones she needed, alas. And I-dub met a beautiful gardener.
When he got home, I-dub invited Alivia, the gardener, over. I have my Sims move fast, for townies disappear overnight in my game.
They enjoyed dancing together.
I-dub tossed out a flirt. Oh, dear. Awkward moodlet. What, Alivia? You’re not accepting I-dub’s overtures?
Alivia got the “No Ironwood” thought bubble. Darn. And I-dub got the “No Alivia” thought bubble. Double-darn.
So much for my matchmaking! I thought she was perfect–beautiful, wonderful traits, and she made I-dub smile. But I guess that while the friendship was strong, the sparks were just not there.
The next day, Alivia disappeared from the world and right out of I-dub’s relationship panel.
Since there were few opportunities to flirt when the rest of the family was around, I sent I-dub out on a solo excursion to the museum the next day.
Of course, the cousins and aunties were all there. El was mad again, of course. (Thanks, Manzy.)
Before long, I-dub had a circle of beautiful women around him, including his cousin Kourtney in the yellow-striped shirt, who wasn’t too thrilled with his burgeoning mixology skills. Some of the women were mean, some were insane, and some hated children–but they all seemed to love Ironwood.
He chatted and viewed the art while the sun went down and his hunger meter turned yellow. At the park across the street, he grilled up some veggie burgers. Dining al fresco was never more fun! Before he left, he spied a young woman in a frilly party dress across the street.
Who knows? It never hurts to introduce oneself.
She was a little flirty.
She enjoyed his jokes.
She revealed that she’s a bro. Wait… shouldn’t that be a sis?
And she’s gloomy. Ah, well. Dad was gloomy, and Willow is gloomy, too. It’s not the worst trait. It adds depth.
Best of all, she is all over I-dub’s flirts, and she can merr-ow like a she-cat on the prowl!
So, maybe the solo excursion was not for naught after all!