The Bloomer Legacy: 2.19 Back to Reality

Their stay was coming to a close. The trio spent one of the last evenings camping, together with Peter’s new friend Lilah. Erica tried to get to know the girl as much as possible, she didn’t want her little brother getting hurt again.

She couldn’t really fault Lilah though. The girl was active and cheerful, and she wanted to make sure that everything she did she did perfectly.

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Erica: “I must say, I do quite like Lilah. She seems like a great girl.”

Peter: “Yeah… I like her too.”

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Truth was, Peter liked Lilah a lot. Naturally he spent his last day in granite Falls with her.

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She made everything seem so bright and so easy. Peter admired how she just picked up everything and moved to Granite Falls without knowing anyone there. When she talked about all the places she’s seen, it made his imagination run wild. She was only two years older than him, how was it possible she’s already seen and done so much?

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He wanted to hold on to at least a little piece of her, so he took a picture with her. It might well be all that he’ll have left once the holiday is over. That, and the memories, of course.

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They said their goodbyes and promised to stay in touch. Only time will tell if they can keep their promise.

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Meanwhile, Erica was packing at home. She was feeling incredibly sick. She knew things did not feel quite normal, and had a sneaking suspicion…

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Erica: “Guess what Petey, guess what?”

Peter: “You’re really proud of me for finishing this short story about Captain Duckhorse?”

Erica: “Um… well of course I am!”

Peter: “I’m just messing with you! What is it?”

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Erica: “I’m pregnant!”

Peter: “You do realise that the whole point of this trip was staying clear of dad so that he’s less angry… and now we’ll come back with a bombshell like this?”

Erica: “But Petey… a baby! A new life! Dad has to come around for that!”

Peter: “Uh, if you say so…”

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In any case, it was high time for them to return back to Newcrest.

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Only the twins were at home to welcome them, everyone else was at work.

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Gretchen: “Hey guys! We missed you!”

Peter: “We missed you too! How’s everything going here? Is dad still mad?”

Charlotte: “Um… we better sit down.”

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They all went inside and set around the dinner table. Peter felt uneasy, he was worried about his sister. If things were still wrong now, how was his father going to react to Erica’s pregnancy?

Peter: “So what is it? Has dad really not had a change of heart at all?”

Charlotte looked at her brother and sighed: “It’s not dad… it’s mom.”

Peter and Erica looked at her, confused.

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“Allen’s dead.”

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“He was really old, of course, so it wasn’t unexpected. But it still really hit mom. She hasn’t really been herself since.”

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Ruby arrived from work just a few minutes later. She seemed to be muttering something to herself. Erica rushed to her.

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Erica: “Oh mom, we’ve just heard the news… I’m so sorry!”

Ruby: “Oh honey… it’s so good to have you back.”

The women hugged each other tightly.

Erica: “I do have something I need to tell you… Daniel and I… we’re expecting!”

Ruby looked at her daughter with tears in her eyes: “You should probably tell your dad too.”

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Erica approached Isaac nervously. In spite of what she said to Peter, she was really nervous to tell her father about the baby. When she was trying to convince Peter that everything will be fine, she was trying to convince herself just as much. She took a deep breath:

“Daddy… I know that you don’t agree with some of the decisions I’ve made… but you should know that you’re going to have a grandchild.”

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She expected Isaac to start shouting, but he just stared at her. Was this good or bad? She wasn’t sure. He didn’t look angry, at least…

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Finally, Isaac moved, and he hugged his little girl: “We can use a bit of joy around here!”

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.18 Honeymooners (Part 2)

Erica: “Hey Petey, are you working on programming your game? We’re on holiday, you shouldn’t be working hard!”

Me: “Nah, I wasn’t really programming, I was just writing down some concepts for the story of the game. Creative juices flowing and all that.”

Erica: “You wanna join us in the hot tub?”

Me: “Uh, no thanks… I’m really in the zone now..”

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The holiday was continuing in a pretty similar fashion that it started in. The honeymooners were honeymooning, and I was spending a fair amount of time on my own. At least the place had a pretty good book selection for me to distract myself.

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Most of the time I was pretty bored though. The two of them were being particularly mushy one day, so I headed to one of the spas on my own.

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I accidentally walked into a yoga session. Like I’m going to do that again! I was just about to say I got mixed up and leave…

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…but then I saw that the yoga instructor was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen. Yoga it is!

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Her name was Lilah, and she was actually rather good at the whole instructor thing. Though the exercises were way harder than what she made them look like!

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I really really wanted to impress her, so I gave it my best. I mean, I was literally bending over backwards for her!

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This better be worth it!

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After the lesson, I went to over to thank her for the great session (my back was aching already).

Me: “This was such an amazing yoga class! I’m Peter, by the way.”

Lilah: “Nice to meet you. It may have been a bit tough for beginners, but you did great! Have you tried yoga before?”

Me: “Oh, just once a couple of days ago, when I first got here. I find it really fulfilling though!”

I hope I sounded convincing…

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Lilah: “That’s awesome to hear! So you’ve been here for a while? What do you think of Granite Falls then?”

Me: “Well, it’s very relaxing here… I mean, it’s mainly spas…”

Lilah: “Wait, so you haven’t seen the waterfall?”

Me: “The waterfall?”

Lilah: “Oh my plumbob, I can’t let you leave Granite Falls without seeing the waterfall! I have a day off tomorrow, why don’t we go together?”

Score!

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I can’t wait to see Lilah tomorrow! Especially since I got home to this…

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…and this. I need ear plugs.

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Finally, the morning came. Lilah looked even prettier than I remembered when I met her.

Lilah: “It’s just a short hike through the woods, there’s a whole observation deck too. Follow my lead!”

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She led me to this small wooden tower which was meant to have a good view of the waterfall. We checked out its’ wildlife exhibit at the bottom floor first.

Lilah: “Ooh, this frog is new! Look at the awesome stripes!”

Me: “You mean frogs and bugs don’t make you squeamish?”

Lilah: “Of course not! I live in Granite Falls, I’d be in trouble if they did! Come on, let’s go upstairs!”

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I could barely catch up with her as she practically flew up several flights of stairs. This girl is so hard to keep up with… but I wouldn’t mind trying to keep up with her for a fair while…

Lilah: “Isn’t the view from here amazing?”

I looked at her beautiful excited face: “Absolutely. Amazing view!”

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I need to tell Erica about this waterfall, she’d probably love to paint it. If she can detach herself from Dan’s face for a moment, that is.

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Me: “So, have you lived in Granite Falls your whole life?”

Lilah: “Not at all! I only arrived here at the beginning of the tourist season. I never stay anywhere for too long – I love to travel and explore new places!”

Oh no. Not another girl that’s always on the move! I quickly push the thought of Melody aside. Maybe I could use this in my advantage…

Me: “I see… have you ever been to Newcrest?”

Lilah: “Newcrest? I’ve never heard of it!”

Me: “Looks like it’s my turn to teach you about new places!”

Lilah: “It appears so! Tell me about it…”

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So I told her about how my family is working on building up Newcrest from the ground and about the places my dad and my granddad have already created. She said it sounded interesting. We spent the rest of the evening playing horseshoes.

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Of course, she was way better at it than me.

I hope she wasn’t too disappointed that there was not that much to see in Newcrest yet, and that I managed to make it sound interesting enough. I would love for her to visit.

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.17 Honeymooners (Part 1)

Author’s Note: I’m trying out something a bit different; the following 2 honeymoon instalments are going to be narrated entirely by Peter.

Also, I didn’t build the house Peter, Erica and Daniel are staying in, it’s one of the awesome creations by TheSimSupply called Digging Down.

We arrived at our accommodation in Granite Falls at dusk. Erica and Dan were being all mushy and newlyweddy during the entire journey. A part of me regrets saying yes to this already. But hey, at least I’ll get to see somewhere new, right?

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My room is pretty small, but it will do for the duration of the trip. We arrived pretty late, so I decided to go straight to sleep.

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Since my sister’s room was just next to mine, I can tell you that the newlyweds most definitely did NOT go straight to sleep though. Eww.

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The following morning, we were all pretty pumped to go out to explore Granite Falls. There’s a bunch of spa type buildings in the area for all the tourists – I hear they’re all really new, so we might be one of the first ones to try them out. Sweet!

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Erica and Dan went to get a romantic couple’s massage or something. For obvious reasons, I didn’t feel like joining, though from what I saw I could swear the massage therapist was perving over my sister… so gross.

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I went to sit by the pool of the spa and enjoy the view of the lake. Well, at least I tried to. There were so many pesky flies around I had to retreat back indoors. Man, I wish I could be playing games on my computer back at home!

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Erica seemed impressed with the whole massage deal, so I decided to give it a go too. Let’s just say it’s not really my thing!

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The newlyweds invited me to the sauna with them, but I knew better than that. They’ll probably be all lovey dovey in there and make me real uncomfortable…

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What did I say?

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Me: “Hey guys, so what are the plans for the evening?”

Daniel: “I was thinking we could watch the sunset from the terrace here…”

Erica: “The spa mixologist heard that it’s our honeymoon and he made us this special cocktail called Young Love! Isn’t that sweet?”

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Needless to say I didn’t stick around to watch the sunset with them… I’ve never tried fishing before, it’s kind of relaxing! Maybe I could incorporate it in my Captain Duckhorse game somehow!

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Didn’t see Erica and Dan for the rest of the evening, but I’m sure I can imagine what kinds of things they got up to… not that I would want to!

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I walked home on my own around midnight. While it was kind of weird to be tagging along for my sister’s honeymoon, I must admit the nature in this place is beautiful. And you can actually see the stars!

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Me: “So, lovebirds, what are we gonna do today?”

Erica: “We were thinking of trying some yoga! What do you say, Petey?”

Err…

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Me: “Guys, there’s still time to leave… I mean, is this safe? I’m pretty sure I could find a yoga simulation game we could on a laptop back at the house…”

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It was too late though, and we had to go through with the lesson. Dan was actually pretty good at it – maybe it’s his insane side. Me and Erica were pretty wobbly to be honest. She was pretty determined to make it work though! Personally, I just decided to do my own thing.

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Dan got so into it he then suggested we all go meditate. Luckily I was facing the other way than the two of them, so I had a little nap instead. I’m not sure if I’m feeling the whole spiritual thing…

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When we got home in the evening, we all went to try out the hot tub. And, you guessed it… they just started making out AGAIN.

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Why the plum did I think it would be a good idea to join them again?

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.16 The Aftermath

Peter was fast asleep, dreaming about Melody. She looked into his eyes, smiled and shouted: “Petey! Wake up! Wake up! We have big news!”

He sat up on his bed quickly. Melody was gone. Gone forever. Instead, his sister and her dubious boyfriend were in the room.

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Erica: “We got married!”

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Peter: “You got what? Erica! Dad’s gonna flip!”

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Erica tells Ruby next, over breakfast.

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Ruby: “Honey, what are you talking about?”

Erica: “Like I said, we got married last night. We said our vows, exchanged the rings and now we are husband and wife.”

Nobody notices that Isaac’s entered the room.

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“You what now?”

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Without even thinking, Isaac dashes towards Daniel.

Isaac: “You must be really dim! I’ve told you a million times that I don’t want you to have anything to do with Erica! What makes you think I’m going to let you marry her? My little girl?”

Daniel: “I don’t need your permission, it’s done!”

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Isaac has no more words left.

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Erica faints as soon as the fight starts.

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Isaac wins the fight, he is in excellent shape, after all.

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Isaac: “I’m going to the station now, and when I get back, you better not be in my sight!”

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I feel bad for the criminals today…

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Ruby takes the young couple outside.

Ruby: “Ok, you two can’t possibly be here when Isaac gets home. Either he’ll kill Daniel, or he’ll have a heart attack.”

Erica: “But… where should we go?”

Ruby: “Well, I got a fair few simoleons from my freelance programming work. So why don’t you take it and go on a nice honeymoon in Granite Falls?”

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Erica can’t believe it: “Mom, seriously??”

Ruby smiles. Her life and death had taught her that sometimes, you can’t change the events around you, and the best you can do is think outside the box.

Ruby: “Consider it a wedding gift.”

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Erica goes inside to chat to her brother before leaving.

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Peter: “I don’t get it! You get into trouble and mom sends you on an expensive holiday?”

Erica: “Don’t question it Petey!”

Peter: “That’s easy for you to say, you’re going away on a fun trip! Meanwhile, I’ll be stuck here dealing with the aftermath…”

Erica: “No reason why you should be! I know you’ve had a tough time with Melody moving and everything, so… why don’t you come with us?”

Peter: “For your honeymoon? That’s crazy!”

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Erica: “Don’t be silly, Petey! We’re going to have such a great time!”

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.15 Scandal

Peter dashes towards his sister, looking positively distraught: “Erica! She’s gone!”

Erica doesn’t understand: “What’s going on Petey?

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Peter: “Melody… my fish… I wanted to invite her to your party, but… she moved out of town and I have no idea where to…”

Curse you culling!

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Peter: “I’m sorry, I know it’s your birthday… and I should have known… she did say that her family moved around a lot, changed identities…”

Erica: “Oh Petey, I’m so sorry. Don’t worry about my birthday, I’m here for you, always! You’re my best friend!”

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Peter’s heart might be broken, but we still have a birthday party to throw. The Perrins are here, of course, and so is Daniel. Erica figured he could use the opportunity to impress her father.

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So far, it’s not working too well…

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Isaac: “What is your problem? I told you that I don’t want to see you anywhere near my daughter, and instead you come to my house and try to scare me? Me? Who do you think you are?!?”

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Meanwhile, the dastardly twins are bonding with evil cousin Cassiel.

Charlotte: “So we were thinking about setting up intricate traps throughout the community park…”

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Cassiel: “That is so last year, I’m way ahead of you! But you two do have potential.”

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Isaac: “What are you still doing here, I told you I wanted you out of my house? Are you deaf?”

Erica: “Daddy, it’s my birthday…”

Isaac: “I don’t want to hear it!”

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Erica: “This is the worst birthday ever!”

Juanita: “Aah, Isaac and his fits of rage… classic!”

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Erica blows out the candles and only has one wish – for her father to accept her boyfriend.

Since the challenge allows me to pick the third trait, I pick family-oriented for Erica – she’s always been so great with her siblings I feel like she should have had that trait a long time ago.

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Jaxen: “Hey Cassiel, I hear you like superheroes?”

Cassiel: “Supervillains. Big difference.”

Poor Jaxen. He’s just too nice for the girls in this town.

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Erica and Daniel spend most of their evening in the garden, away from Isaac’s anger.

Erica: “I don’t think my dad will ever accept us Daniel… maybe we should run away, start a legacy of our own.”

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Daniel: “Don’t worry pumpkin, we’ll be fine. Your dad will have no choice but to acknowledge we’re together.”

Erica: “But how?”

Daniel: “Well, there’s two options really. We could plant a bunch of marshmallows around his bed, and that way he won’t be able to get out of it and do anything about us…. Or, we could get married.”

This may be a good time to mention that the third trait Daniel gained upon turning into a young adult is insane.

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Erica: “Married… Daniel…”

Daniel: “I already have a ring. I mean, it’s from a gumball machine, but it sparkles. Like you.”

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Erica: “You know what… let’s do it!”

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And just like that, they get married in the backyard.

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Cassiel: “Now this is juicy!”

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.14 The Talk

Isaac has been pretty busy at work, and even arrested Daniel’s mom, with the help of valuable witnesses, such us… the reaper. (I was so tempted to arrest Grim instead, but he did not even vaguely match the suspect description).

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Finding out that Daniel’s mother was a criminal did not help Isaac like him any better, but he was pretty pleased she was locked up and even cracked a joke with his creepy looking coworkers.

Looking at the trio, I finally admitted to myself that the tache is just not working for Isaac, and opted for way more facial hair.

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It’s birthday time… which can only mean one thing.

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The twins are now teenagers! 4 teens under one roof… oh boy!

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Isaac sits knows he can’t put the talk off any further, so he sits them all down.

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Isaac: “As you all know, our family is not quite like any other family in Newcrest. We have obligations, and our duty is to build this place up from the ground.

Your grandfather has created the park you all love so much, and my generation’s duty has been building an affordable neighbourhood where some of you will end up starting your own families.

But the legacy must move on, and there is so much to be built… so there has to be an heir. I love you all equally, and I wish each and every one of you could be the one to carry on the family’s name, but that can’t be the case.

To be as fair as possible, and to ensure the best for our town of Newcrest, me and your mother have come to the conclusion that the best way to determine the heir would be what each of you would like to build. The one that comes up with the idea that will be the most useful for the community will become the heir.

Erica, you’re the oldest, so you can start.”

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Erica: “Well daddy… I know how this is to you, but… to be honest, I don’t think I want to build any community buildings… I want to become a famous artist, and paint all of the sim emotions, and also have a large family with the love of my life… just like you did! Please don’t be mad!”

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Isaac: “Well, there is no reason why you could not do all that AND build the community lot… not to mention you still HAVEN’T met the love of your life, so you’ll have more time to focus on other things than family to begin with.”

Erica: “If that is true, that adds meeting the love of my life to the already long list of things I want to do.”

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Isaac: “Does that mean you’ve stopped seeing that plum from a filthy criminal family?”

Erica quickly changes the subject: “I just want to make sure I do things right daddy… And I feel like if I focus on too many things it won’t bode well either for the community, or for my aspirations.”

Isaac smiles: “Fair enough. Not everyone has to want to contribute to the legacy, it’s perfectly fine for you to want to start a legacy of your own. That’s why there’s more of you, after all.”

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Isaac: “So, what about you Pete?”

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Peter: “Well, as you know I’ve had this whole idea for Captain Duckhorse for quite some time…”

Erica lets out a giggle.

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Peter: “So I was thinking that the theme would work best for a video game. Just picture it: The Adventures of Captain Duckhorse! It could be this epic RPG saga!”

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Peter: “So the obvious choice to go along with that would be building an arcade!”

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Everyone bursts into a fit of laughter.

Isaac: “Oh Pete, you crack me up!”

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Isaac: “What about you, Charlotte? How would you like to contribute to the community?”

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The twins look at each other for a moment.

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Charlotte: “Help the community? I don’t want to do that at all!”

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Charlotte: “To plum with the community, I’d rather egg their houses and do all sorts of pranks on them rather than help them in any way! I want to be the Chief of Mischief in this town!”

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Charlotte: “I agree completely. Or rather, I think egging their houses might be just a bit too mild. Personally, I’d rather be the Public Enemy than do anything nice for them.”

Oh, yes, that miniscule detail. Not only did both of the twins inherit Isaac’s mean trait upon transitioning into teenagers, but they also both got deviance aspirations, making them both dastardly as well. Yikes!

I feel like this was caused by my benign neglect during their childhood – I mainly left them to their own devices while focusing on Erica and Peter… grave mistake, it turns out!

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Isaac bursts into a fit of hysterical laughter… or is he crying?

Erica: “Daddy? Are you ok?”

Isaac: “An arcade! AN ARCADE! I have 4 children and the only one that wants to contribute to the town’s legacy wants to build an arcade!”

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.13 Little Girl

Erica: “Oh mom, I finally get it all, what you and dad have, it’s so amazing!”

Ruby: “Sounds like someone is in love… I told you you’d meet someone else and forget about the boy with the girlfriend!”

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Erica: “Well, no, it’s him…”

Ruby: “Wait, what???”

Erica: “It’s complicated… I have to go to school now, but I’ll explain it all when you get back from work!”

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Of course, school finishes a lot sooner than Ruby and Isaac’s work does. And Daniel comes over just like he promised yesterday.

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Daniel: “Woah, that’s a lot of kids! Are all of them your siblings?”

Erica: “Just some of them. They’ll be all over the upper floor. But don’t worry, we can hide from them…”

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“…in my parents’ bedroom.”

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Daniel looks into Erica’s eyes and she gets lost…

Daniel: “So, when exactly do your parents get home?”

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The answer is too soon.

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Isaac: “What the plum do you think you’re doing with my daughter!?!”

Erica: “Daddy, stop, he didn’t…”

Isaac: “I want you out of this room Erica, this is a man’s discussion!”

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Daniel: “A discussion?”

Isaac: “Of course it’s not a discussion! I don’t discuss things, I lock people up! Do you even know who you’re messing with?!?!”

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Ruby and Erica can hear the yelling all the way to the living room.

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Erica: “Oh mom, do you think he’ll be able to leave in one piece?”

Ruby: “Here’s to hoping…”

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Ruby: “Erica, what got into you?”

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Isaac joins the two at the table. Erica wants to be a million miles away.

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Ruby: “You said the boy has a girlfriend, and now you’re… doing things with him… did you even use….”

Isaac: “A girlfriend? Son of a plum! You can never see him again!”

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Erica: “I’m not a little girl anymore! You can’t tell me what to do!”

She storms off.

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Ruby: “Oh Isaac, what are we going to do? Things were so easy with her when she was a little girl! I don’t even want to think about what the twins will get up to, they’re such rascals! And they’ll be aging up so soon.”

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Isaac: “It’ll be ok. We’ll be ok. I’ll have a talk with them all.”

I’m still debating whether to keep Isaac’s tache… I was hoping it’ll make him seem more detectivey, but in reality he looks more like Mario… Sigh.

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.12 Fish in the Sea

Peter: “Get up sis, I know you’re not sleeping! Time to end this moping over whatshisface and start a new adventure! And what exactly is this creepy painting?”

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Erica: “It represents love.”

Peter: “This will be tough…”

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After a fair amount of convincing, Peter got Erica to get dressed and go outside with him. While she was still feeling blue, she did appreciate that her brother was trying to help her get her mind of Daniel.

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There was only one slight problem with the plan… Daniel.

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Erica: “Oh plummitty plum, he’s here, yougottahelpmethisissoembarrasing…”

Peter: “Calm down I got you!”

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Peter: “Hi there, I’m Peter! Mind if I join you?”

Daniel: “Dan! Not at all. Friendly word of advice, that lady over there pickpockets people…”

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Peter: “Oh, how do you know that?”

Daniel: “Easy, she’s my mom!”

Peter: “You know, my dad’s a lieutenant over at the police station…”

Daniel: “Aah… I just remembered I have places to be… see ya!”

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Peter: “The coast is clear sis!”

Erica: “He’s gone now…”

Peter: “I thought that’s what you wanted?”

Erica: “I did… but I didn’t.”

Peter: “Look sis, you got to get over this bloke. I mean, his mom’s a thief! There’s plenty of fish in the sea!”

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That’s easy for you to say Peter, there’s plethora lovely ladies in town. The male selection… not so much.

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To prove his point about the fish in the sea, Peter heads to the bar section of the park in a search for new sims.

Melody: “Hey, we seem to have matching hats!”

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Melody: “Hat buddies!”

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Peter is temporarily stunned and unable to produce any coherent words. A cute and cool looking girl wants to speak to him?

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Erica retreats to the bench to give her brother a bit of privacy with the new girl. But she doesn’t stay alone for long.

Daniel: “Hi there, crazy lady!”

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Erica: “Could you stop making fun of me for once? You can’t possibly embarrass me more, so why not just let it go… and shouldn’t you be with your girlfriend?”

Daniel: “You got it all wrong. For starters, Phoebe’s not really my girlfriend. We go way back, best friends since we were in diapers, and we live together on our own now, because our parents got into the whole crime scene in Willow Creek and we wanted to get away from it all. She calls herself my girlfriend as a joke. I mean, sometimes she calls herself my wife! But… it’s not really like that. Not with her…

And as for the whole making fun of you bit, I only make fun of people I like.”

Erica: “But you called me crazy, and a weirdo.”

Daniel: “Yeah! I love crazy weirdos!”

Erica: “Love?”

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Melody: “Yeah I’m new in town. My family, we’ve been moving around a lot. We’re under the witness protection programme, you see. I shouldn’t have really told you that…”

Peter: “I can keep a secret! That is so cool though!”

Melody: “The best part is, you get to pick your own name! I went for Melody, because I love music.”

Peter: “Oh yeah me too!”

Melody: “Really? Who’s your favourite band?”

Peter: “Errr…. Captain Duckhorse!”

Melody: “Hmm, I’ve never heard of them…”

Peter: “They’re, uh, a local band. Pretty alternative… only really cool people know them.”

Melody: “Well naturally, if you know them! Anyways, I got to go. It was nice to meet you!”

Peter: “Wait, did you just say…”

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I think she likes him too.

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Meanwhile, Erica bonded with Daniel. They talked about his troubled childhood, and his ambitions of becoming a famous musician one day (he should consult Peter for potential band names, that’s for sure).

Erica knew it was getting late, and that she had to say goodbye.

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Except that she didn’t want to let go.

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So she went for a kiss instead.

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And Daniel kissed her back.

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She suddenly forgot all about having to go home and spent hours kissing him, although it only felt like minutes.

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Erica: “I really have to go now… But why don’t you come by tomorrow after school?”

Daniel: “Awesome, I’ll see you then, you weirdo… my weirdo!”

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Erica dashes off home. Her legs feel so light as she’s running and her heart is singing. She couldn’t wait to paint what she was feeling.

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Peter: “Hey sis, welcome home!”

Erica: “Petey! Were mom and dad mad I didn’t come home earlier?”

Peter: “Pff, they barely noticed. You know how crazy the house gets…”

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They recounted their evening to each other, full of excitement.

Peter: “You know, the thing I said about the fish… I was wrong. When you find that special fish, you know it is THE fish… you know what I mean?”

Erica: “Totally!”

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.11 Girlfriend

Erica spots Daniel alone in the garden. She’s so nervous her legs can barely carry her as she approaches him: “Hey Daniel! What are you doing out here all on your own?”

Daniel: “Oh, uh, I was just checking out the graves in your back yard. You don’t see that often!

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Erica: “They’re my grandparents, actually. When I was a little girl I believed I saw my grandmother’s ghost once. Silly, huh?”

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Daniel: “Oh no, ghosts totally exist, one could come out and take your soul this very second.”

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Erica: “Holy plumbob a ghost! For real!”

Daniel: “Hahaha, can’t believe you would fall for that!”

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Daniel: “Obviously ghosts do not exist!”

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Daniel: “You’re such a silly gullible girl…”

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Daniel: “…but I like you anyways. I’ve never met anyone as awesomely weird as you…”

Erica’s heart starts beating faster and faster… could he be saying what she thinks he is?

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Suddenly, a stylish looking girl with short hair joins them.

Phoebe: “Yo, Dan!”

Daniel: “Hi Pheebs! This is Erica. Be careful around her, she spooks easily haha!”

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Phoebe: “Hey Erica, nice to meet you! I’m Phoebe, Dan’s girlfriend.”

Erica: “Girlfriend? Oh no…”

She covers her mouth… has she actually said it out loud?

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Phoebe: “What’s up?”

Erica: “Oh… uh… I just… didn’t want anyone else to know I thought I’d seen a ghost.”

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Erica is mortified. Please let this be over already!

Phoebe: “You’re funny!”

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Daniel: “Wait a minute, Erica – behind you!”

Erica: “What is is it?”

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Daniel: “Bleuhbleuhbleuh I’m a ghost!”

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Phoebe and Daniel start laughing while Erica just wishes she could dig herself a hole in the ground. How could everything go so horribly wrong all of the sudden?

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Phoebe: “Anyways, as fun it was to meet you we gotta get going. Got stuff to do, don’t we Dan?” She winks.

Daniel: “Uh, yeah, sure.”

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Erica just stands still as they walk off. Phoebe looks at Daniel and giggles.

Daniel: “What the plum was that?”

Phoebe: “What? Just a bit of fun! What’s up with your face?”

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Erica stumbled into her room. She can barely see through the tears and all she wants to do is to hide under her bed sheets and cry. But she’s been working all her life to defeat her gloomy trait and she’s determined not to let it get the best of her now.

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She goes downstairs to talk to her mom instead.

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Erica: “Mom, why does everything have to be so difficult with boys?”

Ruby: “Oh honey…”

Erica: “I met this amazing guy and it turns out he has a girlfriend! He’d never mentioned her once!”

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Ruby: “It’ll get better, you’ll see! You’ll just have to weed out the bad ones first. I know how you feel sweetie, trust me. Allen’s father even failed to mention that he had a wife to me… until it was too late, and then he wanted nothing to do with us. But it all turned out ok, because I met your dad and I couldn’t be any happier!”

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Erica: “I know mom… but will I ever have what you two have?”

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I’m testing the moustache look on Isaac. I was going for Magnum PI, but Isaac is no Tom Selleck and the taches in The Sims 4 leave a lot to be desired. I have yet to decide if Isaac can pull this off.

Ruby seems to think he can!

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.10 It’s Just a Little Crush

Yes, I get it Erica, you want love in your life. Sigh.

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Why don’t you give Jaxen a chance? He’s a nice boy… and by the looks of it, the only boy around. Perhaps the two of you could head out together and explore if we can manufacture that spark for you?

Erica: “That’s not romantic?”

It’s that or being lovelorn, take your pick!

Out on a night in the ever so empty Newcrest they go…

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It appears there is one other teenage boy in the neighbourhood after all. Meet Daniel Agustin. He even looks like a bit of a bad boy, just like Erica wanted. As soon as she sees him, she forgets all about poor Jaxen.

Random girl #1: “Oh hello there, I don’t think we’ve met yet, I’m…”

Jessica barges in: “Hi, I’m Jessica!”

Daniel: “Ladies… one at a time please!”

It’s going to be hard for Erica to get his attention though, with so much competition around!

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He passes by on his own a little while later. Quick Erica, say something, anything!

Erica: “Watch out! There’s a giant parrot coming from the sky!”

Anything but that, perhaps…

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Daniel: “You’re weird… I like it!”

Phew!

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The two get talking and Erica learns Daniel is not only creative, but also a music lover. On top of that, I have a bit of a sneak peak in CAS and it turns out he’s also dastardly. If that’s not Erica’s artistic stranger with a bad boy edge, no one is!

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Cousin Cassiel! What are you doing here all alone in the middle of the night?

Cassiel: “You don’t want to know…”

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It’s Ruby’s birthday, she’s finally becoming an adult! I also decided to give the living room a bit f a makeover and recoloured everything to more of a cream tone – It’s about time that Ruby and Isaac put their own stamp on the house!

That’s not all though, Peter is aging up today as well!

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Everyone dresses up for the occasion, of course, and Isaac is as smitten with his wife as ever.

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The angsty teens arrive first. Oh boy, I cannot wait to have four of those in the house!

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The Perrins turn up shortly after.

Cassiel: “Yes! People getting old… muahahahahaa!”

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Isaac and Ruby are not paying attention though.

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Allen: “Happy birthday mom!”

Ruby: “Allen! I’m so excited we’ll finally be a bit closer in age!”

Note: It looks like the three kids didn’t quite affect Ruby’s body the way I’d imagined. While she does seem to have some curves now, her waist looks even slimmer in comparison. Life’s unfair.

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Erica seems to have invited a guest of her own. Daniel cleans up nicely!

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Time for the first age transition of the night! Allen sure knows how to party in spite of his age!

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Aside from being a geek, Peter has now also become a goofball who wants to become a computer whiz… basically, he’s turning into his mom.

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…speaking of whom, Ruby’s now a fully mature adult. Supposedly. Those wrinkles make me sad. Time for a quick makeover me thinks.

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Looks like there’s quite the age division going on, while the grown-ups remain in the living room…

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…the teens retreat to the study and play games. Peter is stoked to be the same age as his best bud Jaxen again!

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Erica and Cassiel just observe the boys being boys in mild amusement.

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Juanita: “I hope you’re not thinking you’ll be the most attractive mature vixen around, Ruby. Because that’s me!”

Yes Juanita… so mature!

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Ruby: “Of course not Juanita, nobody does the vixening quite as well as you!”

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Allen: “Please excuse my family… they do strive to be normal, I swear!”

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Cassiel: “Hi Peter, you’re so tall now! I want to be just like you… but more cunning!”

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Cassiel: “Can I follow you around everywhere?”

Peter: “Err, no!”

What were you saying about your family Allen?

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Meanwhile, Erica’s crush is getting a bit emotional looking at the family graves. This is your chance to get him on his own and in a vulnerable state Erica! Come find him!

To be continued…