Second Chances

‘Recently Published’

That’s a damn lie.

I can’t even remember if I set up an heir poll. Hm. The end of the last chapter says that we’d have an heir poll this chapter, so I guess that’s what we’re going to do! How much time do we have until the triplets age up?

… past me did not think this through.

Let’s check out our current generation to kind of recap.

Here’s Lead. she got her TV privileges revoked. She also got her ‘actual photo’ privileges revoked because she was sleeping at the time and then I got distracted by other things.

Lead needs to learn painting and photography, and wants to take pictures of cryptids. She already has some ghost photos and a blurry picture of a zombie.

Thallium needs to learn painting and writing. She’s ahead of the other girls in terms of painting but that’s only because her dad spends a ton of time on the computer trying to max writing because he has the Jack of All Trades LTW. So she hasn’t gotten started on her second skill yet.

I dress her up in old clothes because I was on an Austen kick when I was trying to figure out what ‘author’ looked like. These are not Regency Era clothes by a long shot, though.

And here we have Mercury, who is learning painting and sculpture. She’s due for a personality upgrade because her grades were bad at some point and I never ended up giving her either of the personality traits that will make skilling easier for her.

She likes making things for herself in order to save the environment and sculpting is probably the most visually-interesting skill to build compared to photography and writing.

This was about when I was going to take Lead’s *official* picture when–

We got the Oh My Ghost!

The game probably intended this for Ernest since he’s the one that died last but fuck that noise.

Ehehehehehehe!

Let’s reach those generation objectives, baby!!

… what job did Tantalum even have? Reporter? Reporter.

Unfortunately he has to start from the beginning. But hopefully we can rocket through at least the early levels.

Happily, we at least started out bumped up to level 4. Does Tantalum have a degree?? Maybe???

Then this happened.

I. Don’t know what this is. It kept flashing in and out of existence.

It does not rotate with the camera, but remained fixed in place. Except for the flashing in and out thing. I attempted to find where it ended but, like a rainbow, it was ephemeral. Transient. Striped.

I half expected to find her digging through the trash because that’s What Sims Do but she was just on her way home from school.

This is slander.

Gold has like a million best friends after our blogging trick so it’s pretty easy to invite people over for Tantalum to interview.

This guy wants his autograph first.

And then we had to impress him.

He wanted our autograph I think he’s already impressed.

Erin: We should get… the little photo one to come take a picture. She likes ghosts.

Lead: … that’s me, Grandma. :/

Lead had to go out on a date, though. I had to check that it was the right girlfriend. Which it was, thankfully.

They picked the worst place to stand for their date so I didn’t take any pictures. :/

I have no idea what this is referring to.

Time to get cracking on those articles. Gotta hit the top of that career ladder.

Sorry Sharpo but you’re an extra and just a stepping stone in our path to greatness.

I didn’t know stoves could do this? Or I did and I forgot.

Ugly hair & bland face. Next.

I feel like I might have seen this and talked about how horrifying this opportunity is??

If I haven’t… it’s horrifying.

Why are they looking at my sims’ melons?

Then we had three birthdays. : P

So Thallium’s last trait is ‘dramatic’ because we like to have fun here. This leaves her final traits as ambitious, athletic, artistic, bookworm, and dramatic.

She is our authoress.

Lead got Savvy Sculptor. Her other traits are friendly, perceptive, eco-friendly, and neurotic.

Probably going to switch friendly for artistic when I get the chance. Friendly’s kind of a boring trait.

She is our sculptor.

Lead got Photographer’s Eye. Her other traits are artistic, excitable, perceptive, and supernatural fan.

I tried to go for an Agent Mulder type of thing but I’ve also never seen the X-Files.

She is our photographer.

That is NOT a pre-approved outfit!!

Anyway we’re going to France to try and get the LTH needed to fix Mercury’s last trait. And because why not.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Jeannine because she was the first sim I ever married into my main household.

I hope this guy is the owner or something because he just comped us §100 of wine nectar.

Well it’s a good thing we didn’t pay for all that. :/

And Lead is pregnant drank some bad nectar.

Anyway Mercury ticked over to the requisite number of LTH points so her friendly trait is now artistic.

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Stranger Things

I’ve been gone for two months but in my defense I’ve been doing grad school.

Last time we… uh… uh… all the girls got into serious relationships! With even more girls!

Mercury: But my one true love will always be my cozy bed.

Understandable.

Still, Merc gets a little more flirting in before heading to sleep.

Erin got a promotion, which took me by surprise a little because I’ve kind of completely forgotten how far along anyone is with anything.

Except I know that Gold completed his blogging thing because I spent like two game days befriending the whole town.

For some reason everyone wants to eat in the game room this morning.

For some reason Thallium decided to get up as soon as Mercury sat down.

Is there a rivalry brewing? Or did she the food she was eating suddenly go bad? Probably the second one because Mercury’s plate is about to go off too.

In other news, Erin apparently has pink hair when she’s in werewolf form. But grey hair as a human sim. Weird.

Then I got a notification that there was a fire on the lot.

It seems like a priceless vase is burning. Ah.

I’ll accept that this is my fault.

The game let me replace the burnt vase when I clicked on it but this is clearly not the one we started with.

I was called inside a second time for Ernest’s death.

Fucking finally.

Gold: ‘Sup mom. Am I late?

Erin: I know we basically never acknowledge his existence but you can at least try to be considerate while your step-grandfather (I think) is dying.

Death: Eʀɴᴇsᴛ Mᴇɴᴅᴇʟᴇᴇᴠ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ɪs ʜᴇʀᴇ, ʏᴀᴅᴀ-ʏᴀᴅᴀ… I ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴏғ ғᴏʀɢᴏᴛ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʜᴏɴᴇsᴛ…

Jack: You’re kind of hot when you’re watching a man die.

Erin: SERIOUSLY?

Thallium: I heard great-grampa died while we were at school.

Mercury: Yup.

Thallium: Pretty sad.

Mercury: Yup.

Thallium: … he never even had an actual bed to sleep in.

Mercury: Wait, are you saying that old guy who hung around here all the time was related to us???

Thallium: Today I picked a sensible place for breakfast. But I’m still not eating next to you.

Mercury: :I

Lead: I picked a good place to do homework, right guys? … right?

Thallium: This painting is a look into my psyche and how that fire has been tormenting my subconscious.

Gold: … Thallium, I love you, but you weren’t here for the fire, it lasted for all of five seconds, and I know for a fact that you’ve been working on that painting long before that fire even happened.

Thallium: Dad please. No one will respect me as an artist unless my paintings come from a place of suffering.

Who the hell is Sarah???

One of the girls brought a boy home from school. So it’s not that there weren’t any teenage boys in town when they went to prom.

It’s just that everyone in this family is super gay.

Thallium why would you want to snub your sister.

Thallium: Are we not already doing that? She’s barely shown up this chapter.

Whoops.

Jack: Baby I wanna kiss you all over… and I mean allllll over.

Erin: Do you have to say these things in front of his mother. :I

Lead’s been doing things, they’re just things that don’t lend themselves to taking pictures. Stuff like taking pictures and painting.

Somehow no one had realized that there was a werewolf living right in the house so now Lead has a picture of a ghost and a werewolf. As well as the shitty zombie picture.

Weirdly, while Lead is into chasing down supernatural beings, Mercury is the one who’s into conspiracy theories.

Mercury: I’m telling you, aliens definitely exist, but we don’t have the technology to contact them. If we could, they’d definitely abduct us and impregnate sim men.

Gold: Honey, that’s ridiculous. Next you’ll be saying that rain exists.

Mercury: We don’t have the technology to experience that either!

Mercury: Dad thinks I’m crazy because I believe in aliens. At least I don’t believe the stuff that Lead does. She thinks that there are people covered in fur who devour everything and have horrible table manners!

Thallium: You’re right, something like that definitely couldn’t exist!

I found that this is a thing you can do and now I definitely need to have someone eat cinnamon.

Oh, hey! It’s Lead! She exists after all!

Lead: … I’m not sure what’s scarier, grandma or whatever the fuck Thallium’s been painting.

We’ll have a triple birthday and an heir vote next chapter. Probably. Time’s a little weird because one of the triplets is somehow a full two days younger than the one the game thinks is oldest.

Twenty-Gay-Teen

Hecky-heck I haven’t played in a while grad school is kicking my BUTT.

Speaking of we learned that language is fake. Did you know language is fake? Yeah. What’s the difference between ‘sad’ and ‘sat’? I used to think it’s the ‘t’ and the ‘d’ sound but actually those are just the SAME HECKING SOUND and the real difference is just in how long we hold out the vowel. Nothing means anything anymore.

… I need to take a break from linguistics.

Oh god I don’t know the vampire ghost’s name so she can’t talk. Shit. Hold on.

Erin’s Mom Who Died On Her Wedding Night: Too bad the kid who’s into ghosts isn’t out here.

Nailed it.

I’m not sure what to do with Gold now that he’s finished generation stuff? He has another blog ‘type’ now that I wanted to play around with, but I don’t see a review blog being that much different than a personal blog, gameplay wise.

And I, personally, have kind of got the ‘blogged out’ moodlet after forcing Gold to marathon blog for like  a day straight.

… I think I’m gonna give him a haircut though. Did I pick that hair out? Maybe? February-me and Almost-April-me do not have the same hair opinions, if so.

I know this is how Ernest got into the household to begin with, but that was with one of our heirs. Move along, Miss Maid.

Look now you can see his elf ears!

For now I’m going to be working at getting two of Gold’s other skills up to level 10 since that’s like… his actual in-game goal. Starting with writing because it’s the highest one he has other than social networking.

The adults had gone away last chapter, and when the kids came back from school they learned that they’d apparently done a bad job of keeping house.

In fairness, though, a maid comes and cleans after they leave for school. : P

But the game doesn’t think of that so we had to wait for all of the girls to get scolded (grounded, even??) and then had to let them all off the hook.

Because prom is tonight.

Gold: Okay, I drove you all over so you should all have full needs… have fun, and remember: no boys.

Thallium: I’m pretty sure the only boys in town are elementary schoolers.

Gold: … okay good.

I remembered to put them in formalwear before they went into the school because I’m the best simmer.

Even better idea. Have Gold stay on the lot so none of the kids get picked up after curfew! I’m brilliant! Gold can even skill with something portable like the sketchpad thing.

So. Prom news:

Mercury won Prom Queen, and luckily only has sisters so she doesn’t have to have a weird ‘the prom king is my brother like a Targaryen’ dance.

She instead has a awkward chicken dance with Elizabeth, who I think is officially Her Girl.

Poor Lead is less lucky in love.

Then Thallium gets wooed by a girl named Cathleen.

And Lead hooks up with a girl named Colleen.

See! No boys!

Lead: I just realized we’ve never used this fancy fireplace in our lives.

Now just pray it doesn’t set fire to our fancy irreplaceable vases.

Thallium you were supposed to go home with your dad.

Thallium: Yeah but I had to stop and figure out what made Cathleen so attracted to me. I think it’s my muscles!

You’ve never worked out a day in your life.

And, yes, she did get picked up by the police.

Gold: I can’t believe you would be out after curfew!

Dude you’re the one who DROVE AWAY.

It was his fault so I let her off the hook. And also groundings are annoying.

Gold: … you do know I’m a ‘he’ right?

Oh look it’s Erin! I didn’t think you showed up this chapter.

Guy: And so that’s why all of this empty lawn you have here could be better used as a vegetable garden.

Erin: Why are you telling me this at 3 AM.

Lead says she actually got photographic evidence of a ghost.

I don’t know, though. It looks photoshopped to me? I can tell by the pixels.

Ernest: Either of you care to help out or are you just going to kiss while I’m trying to fix this thing?

Jack: Kiss.

Ernest: … okay but I’m afraid to actually touch this newfangled computer so I’m just gonna wave the screwdriver in front of it and hope it gets better.

***

After school, all the girls invite all their girls so we can actually get a look at them. And secure them before they run off with someone else and/or get old.

This one’s Colleen. I gave her better hair.

This one’s Cathleen. I gave her better clothes.

And we’ve met Elizabeth already. Neither her hair or clothes were The Worst so I let her be, although now that I’m looking again I think I’ll dye her hair to something less green.

Commence the triple date.

Lead: You’re so cute, I just wanna kiss you.

Thallium: *sees that her sister is outdoing her* Um, uh… MARRY ME?

Aw, young love.

Mercury follows suit with Elizabeth soon after.

Thallium: Shit, I’m losing. Um, uh…

Thallium: You look like a clown!

Cathleen: … we have to work on your flirting.

Thallium finally gets her first kiss.

Mercury: Be my girlfriend?

Thallium: DAMMIT.

Thallium: Quick, be my girlfriend too.

Cathleen: Sure. Just don’t call me a clown anymore?

Thallium: Deal.

Lead pulled Colleen into another room, probably to avoid her sisters.

Lead: Want some flowers I stole from my great-grandpa’s inventory?

Colleen: Do I ever!

Lead: Now do you wanna be my girlf–

Jack: Yes! I get to celebrate my birthday with my daughter and her gal pal!

Lead: … kind of wanna just ignore him right now…

Colleen: Aw, it’s his birthday though…

Lead: YAY DAD

Colleen: Happy birthday, Mr. Mendeleev!

Jack: I’m glad you’ve made such a good friend, sweetheart. 🙂

Lead: Quick, while he’s fixing his hair. Wanna be my girlfriend?

Colleen: Absolutely.

I could not agree more, game. Everything went pretty smoothly. And we had very little talk about art this chapter! Truly twenty-gay-teen is blessing our family.

Like a Lead Balloon

*insert chapter opening here*

Let’s go!

Lead: Oh jeez I can’t believe I’m meeting a supernatural thing already. Hold oh, lemme get my…

Lead: Well, shoot.

Looks like we won’t be snapping a pic of a ghost just yet.

Although given her current skill level it would most likely be a picture of her thumb.

And then she went all the way around the house to eat the mummy snack from off of the ground in front of her grandfather’s grave.

YOU WERE TEN FEET FROM THE KITCHEN.

Mercury: Dad? Why are you standing around outside of school? And why do I feel like I suddenly like you more?

Gold has had a busy day blogging, doing celebrity stuff, and putting in the literal bare minimum effort to befriend his daughters. With an app.

And level ten has been reached!

Now we can bump up those family relations to BEST friends. Now I don’t have to feel bad about all my sims being indifferent towards one another. : P

Mercury picks the best place to do homework.

Thallium: I’ve barely been in this chapter what the heck. You got to talk to a creepy ghost or whatever and I’ve been pushed to the sidelines.

Lead: I HATE SCHOOL.

Thallium: Are you even listening to me?

Lead: No.

I guess I forgot to have Gold make the girls be friends with each other as well. Oops.

You can tell that time passed because Lead’s in her pj’s, but that’s about it. 😛

Lead: … you know we have leftovers in the fridge, right? You don’t have to stick your bare hands in the oven to make waffles.

Thallium: hot hot hot! 8I

Thallium: … wanna talk about art?

Lead: Please just talk about something else anything else but art.

It’s about the only thing Thallium mentions ever.

Goddamn Carole Lewis.

We’ll just put that into the enormous pile with all the rest of our money.

Elizabeth Capp was hitting on two of the triplets when they all went on a field trip to the theater. I guess we see who gets her first?

She’s kind of cute. Face clearly not generic.

Lead wanted to call her, so she is in the lead… heh, lead, Lead… for this race!

Lead: Hey, Lizzie! Wanna go and punch zombies?

Elizabeth: For the last time, the Elizabeth in that movie wasn’t me!

Mercury’s just doing her homework like a loser.

Gold’s blog has reached five stars!

He wanted to sell a blog so we’ve sold it and started a review blog. Because everyone needs to know Gold’s opinions on things.

Let’s see how long we can go before the blog changes names for some reason.

Gold waits until I’ve got everyone set up and working on their skills before he interrupts it with his birthday. : P

I changed his hair up but don’t have a picture because they went off on an adults-only vacation almost immediately afterward. Gold just completed all his generation goals, he deserves it.

YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ETERNALLY FAITHFUL JACK

Lead: The adults are gone, I’m learning photography, and Lizzie’s sure to agree to be my date to the prom. Nothing could spoil this.

Unless Lizzie were to invite Mercury out on a date! DUN DUN DUN!

I don’t consider ‘in front of the hospital at 1 AM’ to be a romantic destination but I guess I’m just not good at romance.

I completely forgot that the curfew police would come, as I’m assuming Elizabeth likewise forgot, so the date didn’t go that long.

Mercury: HA! My parents aren’t home! SUCK IT COPPER!

Mercury’s improved enough in sculpting to use wood now.

Mercury: I’ll sculpt something to commemorate my date with Lizzie~

Or a wooden toilet.

Mercury: So… wanna talk about art?

Lead: Please can we talk about anything else in this household?

Mercury: I went on a date with Lizzie.

Lead: … let’s talk about art.

… deep.

Lead may not be getting Lizzie for prom… or will she?… but she did get a picture of a zombie! But in the spirit of cryptophotography, it was really a shitty quality picture and you can’t tell what the heck it’s supposed to be.

Next time… the adults come back? Prom? Conversations about things that aren’t painting? Probably not the last one!

Breaking the Game in a Good Way

I spent an hour making a playlist and I now declare it the official playlist of this legacy.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/syntax_forest1/playlist/6JnWP4Is5Uu6CWv5GqcPD1

It is eight and a half hours long and as of writing this I have no idea what most of the songs on it sound like.

It could have been longer but I was purposely avoiding the songs that were like eight minutes long. : P

Ernest why are you smiling. I’m still mad at you.

It should have been you.

After Tantalum’s untimely death, I started pushing Gold toward getting to level 10 of Social Networking as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, there aren’t really any prolonged skill-building activities and you can apparently only take skill classes once? So I was just continuously adding ‘stream video’ to his action queue.

Jack: So… haven’t seen you kids around much. Busy painting?

I’ve metaphorically chained the girls to their easels, too.

Mercury: Are you cop–

Lead: It’s not funny anymore.

Has it ever been?

Gold keeps tearing through his skilling queue and then running off to do his own thing. Like acknowledge the existence of his children. What a jerkwad.

Gold: So while I was standing around and browsing the web on my phone for hours I found these ‘smart outlets’ and I thought it would interest you because you like the planet or something.

Lead: Can I shower please?

Mercury: Can’t you see I’m discussing power-saving options with Dad? Anyway–

So Lead went to the other bathroom and took a bath, which uses up more water than the shower.

Mercury kind of fucked that one up.

I forgot who the person who was supposed to be our BFF was, so we just fond another one. Gerald something.

Gold: My dad just died.

Maybe that’s not the best topic to start with?

… or maybe that’s the kind of thing Gerald likes to talk about.

Continue.

Thallium: I’m a shoo-in for heir, you know. I’m the best at painting already.

Lead: Because you’re the only one with the artistic trait so far.

Lead: And your other skill is writing. Which is like the most boring skill. You just sit at the computer.

Thallium: Yeah… well…

Thallium: I’m still the cutest out of the three of us.

Lead: Cool. Merc and me have actual personality traits.

I broke down an decided to get the last of Gold’s skill points through the brain enhancement machine, since it was taking a long time and adding the same actions to a queue a million times isn’t fun.

Social Networking isn’t on the list of skills. OTL

Does the brain enhancement thing that makes you a genius or whatever help with skilling? It says it helps with classes and exams? I did it anyway. I have no idea if it actually helped with skilling.

… how in the world is Erin so much younger than Tantalum when she was originally older than him?

Sometimes her birthday would get pushed back because she couldn’t age up as a werewolf, but was it really that much?

My next attempt at speeding things up with the skills was to send Gold off to the library to stream videos and such. Because the library makes you skill faster.

I was going to make some kind of joke about using up our data plan, but I feel like most libraries at this point have WiFi you can use.

And if not, Gold posts to the Internet from his phone for a living. Definitely has an unlimited plan.

UNFORTUNATELY Gold being at the library leaves these two fuckers alone.

JACK ARE YOU SHITTING ME.

Quick relationship transmogrifier to make Jack and Ernest enemies. And then a text to remind Jack about his cute husband.

Jack: Why is this goofus sending me a ‘secret admirer’ text like I won’t know who it is? We have each other’s numbers saved.

Using the relationship transmogrifier did up Gold’s skill significantly, though, compared to what I’d been doing. So we start toying around with that.

In other news, apparently there’s a rumor going around that this ten year old got arrested for… vague, undefined reasons.

She’s too young for the police to even show up if she’s out past curfew. How does this work.

And the moodlet implies that she did, in fact, have some bad actions?

Did she try to forge a copy of the Mona Lisa or something??

I’m pretty sure she’s too young to even sue for slander, so we just have to wait it out, I guess.

In the meantime, I have successfully broken the social networking skill, and I will share what I have found.

So we have three apps that bump up the skill pretty significantly. The relationship changer, the sim finder, and the blog app. The blog app can only be used so much without causing issue unless you have the ‘gotta blog about’ moodlet.

If you have a personal blog, you get that moodlet when you get a new friend.

Sim Finder > Relationship App > Good Friends > Blog About New Friend > Repeat Forever

We got like 500 new followers over the course of, like, half a sim day.

Mercury: It’s our birthday!

Yay!

Mercury: I skipped school today so my grades aren’t good enough to pick out my new trait!

FRACK.

So Mercury got ‘friendly,’ although I’ll probably switch it out for a trait that helps her boost the skills she needs at some point if she’s heir.

She can start working on sculpting and at least make us cool stuff to put in the house, for now.

Thallium already had the traits she needs for her skills, so she is now ambitious.

And Lead now has the artistic trait as well, so she might start catching up with her sister’s painting skills in between working on photography.

… I’m going to need to take some pictures of them with similar angles and lighting now because I feel like they might be pretty close to being identical now that I look at them?

… Mercury’s ears are different from Thallium’s at least? I think? Hm.

DISTRAUGHT

I really should have an introduction to this chapter, but this is enough, right?

I saw that there was a gold skin available for Gold’s cell phone and I went for it.

Because Gold.

I took this picture because the boys were being cute but now I’m kind of fixated on whatever is going on with Gold’s forehead.

It’s like his hairline is starting to recede but, like, actually receding. Back into his head meat.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I’ve probably seen sims putting dirty clothes into their inventory before? But I couldn’t remember seeing that ever when playing.

constantly see them gather up dirty laundry only to put it back into a hamper or throw it on the floor. And they could have just held onto those clothes until they got around to actually doing the laundry??

Mercury: Frick the police.

Thallium: Isn’t this great, daddy? Two people working together on the aspirations and goals that they will certainly accomplish, through hard work and perseverence?

Tantalum: Well, I’m going to accomplish my goals. You haven’t been chosen to be the heir yet. People who aren’t in our household don’t accomplish much of anything.

Thallium: … well, it was a nice moment.

I sporadically remember that we’re supposed to have family outings. Our heiresses are aspiring artists, so we head to the art studio!!

Thallium: … meh.

Please tell me that you appreciate the art? We drove all the way across town for this.

Lead: This would be better if the lady was Bigfoot.

Family outing: failed.

But we can still salvage the day! Since we’re already out, and there’s a little cafe right next door, Tantalum invites his boss out. He’s only one promotion away from reaching level 10 of his career, and the promotion bar is full.

Might as well ask his boss for the promotion so he can just quit, and spend that extra free time getting in those last few hours of writing to max out the skill.

Tantalum: Hold on, I g

WHAT NO.

We haven’t finished the objectives yet! He just had to ask his boss for a promotion!! His age bar only JUST got filled up TODAY!!!

Ernest has been at full life bar for ages! Take him!!!!

IT’S A LITTLE LATE FOR THAT!

Tantalum: Well, I can’t think of any regrets I have.

NO YOU HAVE TONS OF REGRETS I HAVE TONS OF REGRETS DON’T LET HIM DO THIS.

I had one of the family members open the chest in our house remotely to get the Death Flower we’ve had since Lutetium’s garden and put it in Tantalum’s inventory.

But I remembered the flower too late.

And the game didn’t transfer the flower to another family member along with the rest of his stuff so now we don’t even have the flower!! 😡

Quick, find something quirky and fun to talk about…

SYNCHRONIZED MOURNING.

Ernest: … seriously?

SHUT UP ERNEST IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU.

Tantalum’s grave is only medium-sized because the world is cruel. I decorated it with things that weren’t really related to him or things that he liked, but they were in his inventory and I have no other use for them.

It’s what he would have wanted.

Also I put a Vulpix there to watch over the grave. Kind of like a paid mourner except we’re not paying him.

Because foxes don’t have wallets.

Even though the kids had abandoned the family outing, and therefore didn’t see Tantalum’s final moments, they are still pretty shook up about it.

Mercury: I’m painting an unsettling, misshapen figure in vibrant hues, representing the pain that I feel over the loss of grandpa.

Lead: I’m painting a house!

Jack immediately started dumpster diving, which… I mean, whatever you have to do to deal with your feelings, man. I’m not going to judge.

They switched easels.

Lead: Are you copying me?

Mercury: No, I actually put thought into my choice of color.

Thallium: So it’s been helping me to think about how this loss will ultimately make me a better writer. Now that I have experience with grief and loss, I can better write about it.

Thallium: With that in mind, would you mind describing what it’s like to see the life escape your husband’s eyes?

Erin: … I’m going to leave now.

Gold has the right idea. Sometimes you just gotta go skinny-dipping to work through your sadness.

Unfortunately, it’s cold as balls outside so I have to settle for ‘dicking around on the Internet’.

it should have been Ernest…

For Real This Time

The game has indeed loaded up with this set of triplets, so these ones are the ones that are going to stay. Finally.

We can also finally get rid of this playpen. Adults keep defaulting to putting the kids in there, sometimes when the kids still need to be changed or given a bottle.

One thing about the breezeway that I did not anticipate: opens us up to zombie attacks.

Like HELL you do.

Luckily, Jack does not seem into some old mummy flirting with him.

Lutetium: You should really be the one holed up in this box. :/

Sam: … can I still eat?

Once everyone who needed to work went to work, we had a birthday party for the kids.

For one thing, I’m tired of the toddler stage at this point. It was stressful enough the first time around.

For another, the game screwed up and set one of the kids as being a day older than the other two, so we have to fix it manually.

First up is our for-real, authentic, not going to be replaced this time Mercury Mendeleev. She’s going the painter/sculptor route, which is the second option listed on the DITFT page but I got mixed up about the order of the elements so there you go.

She was born with neurotic and perceptive. Savvy Sculptor isn’t available yet and I wasn’t thinking about how she needs to know painting as well, so I gave her the eco-friendly trait.

I figured that it would give her a reason to make her own things like furniture. Save the environment and all.

Next is Thallium. She is going to go the painter/author route.

I was going to go with the apron thing I had last time around, but then I realized that she’s also an author, and I downloaded a bunch of Regency Era CC and am Jane Austen trash.

Thallium is athletic, artistic, and a bookworm.

Lead was born with perceptive and excitable. I originally wanted to do one of the supernatural generations with her, since there are only two options for this generation I can do.

Then I figured I would keep the ‘art’ theme going. So she’ll be pursuing painting and photography.

She already had the Supernatural Fan trait at that point, though. I kind of like the idea that she’s honing her photography skill to better acquire proof of cryptids.

I did my best with their room. I shortsightedly only allotted two rooms for the kids this generation, and I can’t think of a reason why one of them should get their own room while the other two share.

Ignore the one piece of wall that’s still highlighted for some reason.

Lead: … are you copying me?

Thallium: What? I’m the one with the artistic trait! You’re copying me!

I clicked ‘go to school’ a little too early.

Mercury: Move it or lose it, Mr. Bus! I’m saving the environment!

… please don’t get hit by the Motive Mobile.

Somehow, they actually made it on time.

2 out of 3 heiresses say shoes are for chumps.

I’d like to thank Gold for reminding me to get my mouse because I’d been using the trackpad and it just makes everything more difficult.

Thallium made a friend. Ish.

Thallium: We’ve literally never interacted before this. Why are you inviting me to your house?

Evelyn: your name’s funny and you dress weird. :3

Tantalum: So one of my grandkids is going to be this awesome sculptor and fill our house with homemade furniture…

That’s nice, Tantalum. Get to interviewing.

Speaking of Mercury, she’s signed up for scouts–to better learn how to care for the planet–and is now doing her homework outside of school.

This is Trista. She’s going to be our new BFF.

Ernest: I guess I don’t understand why none of you girls want to play with the toys we bought you.

Mercury: I think Thallium’s throwing herself into her art or something? Personally, I’m appalled at the amount of pollution created by the production of plastic toys.

Mercury: Isn’t it a bit wasteful to send an entire bus just for the three of us?

Lead: My wings are getting crumpled. 😦

Thallium: Left to sit alone on the bus… perhaps I could write a story about a girl whose own sisters have rejected her… yes…