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Monday, 29 October 2012

The Davis Brothers and Juliette Capp: Week 1

This Sim-week starts at this rather modest cottage in the older part of New Maximiliania - but it won't end here :-) Why not?
Well, we have Aldric Davis living here. He has just moved in after having graduated Summa Cum Laude in Physics; he won't stay here for long. Aldric is a Popularity Sim who dreams of becoming Celebrity Chef.
He has a twin brother, as you may remember: Almeric. Almeric moves in with his twin brother; he, too, has just graduated (Magna Cum Laude in Politics). He brings the exact amount of 20.001 Simoleons with him. And can you see the woman in the background, approaching the two brothers? That's Aldric's long-term college sweetheart Juliette Capp. She moves in as well, adding only 5.592 Simoleons - which is strange, since she comes from a very wealthy family. Juliette is a Family Sim who wants to become Education Minister. Now, with one couple and one single Sim, the cottage is too small, and so the three of them put all their money together and move... this house which is certainly large enough! Do you remember who once used to live here?
Exactly, Betty Goldstein and Catherine Viejo. They were both already elderly ladies when the game begun and have long since died, both were on Platinum at the time of their deaths, so that their tombstones adorn the back garden. They did not live here on their own; Andrew Martin and his son Jacob were their "tenants", but they moved to a different place after the old ladies had died.
The house is huge and does not come cheap; so far, only one of the three new owners has a job, so they need to be a bit careful with their money. The furniture is therefore not top of the range. It is also important that they keep some money aside to help Almeric achieve his lifetime want of owning 5 top level businesses. "Maybe I should do something with food first," Almeric is making plans for his first business which is going to be a home business. Aldric, as an aspiring Celebrity Chef, likes the idea, and they decide to open "Davis' Delices" in the big front room, selling home-cooked food.
Meanwhile, Juliette changes her hair colour from red to brown and puts on glasses. Whatever for, you may wonder. Well, so far, she and her sweetheart Aldric have only 1 chemistry bolt between them, and she is making these changes in order to better suit his turn-ons.
Aldric, too, has changed - he is now wearing a formal suit, because this is what Juliette likes on a man. They have now two bolts for each other. "I hope we will be good friends," Juliette says to Almeric who she had not known at all before she moved in with the twin brothers.
It is still Monday when Juliette returns from work with a promotion to High School Principal.
On Tuesday, she is made College Senior Professor, and Chester Gieke is now one of her colleagues.
The shop is opening for the first time today. It still looks rather empty with just three food counters and two tables with chairs where the customers can, if they so wish, eat what they purchase.
Cassandra Roseland (nee Goth) is Almeric's first customer.
But he actually makes his first few Simoleons from Anthony Monty.
Aldric has found a job in the culinary career today and started as Prep Cook.
Catherine Viejo's ghost appears, obviously she is not happy about her old bed having been replaced by new furniture! But she never ventures upstairs, where the new owners of the house have their bedrooms, and so their sleep is not disturbed.
On Wednesday, Aldric is promoted to Sous Chef. He was lucky with a Chance Card, really.
Uh-oh... and you really think you'll be a Celebrity Chef one day, Aldric? :-)
The big garden is getting out of hand, with Juliette and Aldric being at work all day and Almeric, although being home, always busy with his shop. So they hire a gardener, although they'd rather keep the money and do the gardening themselves - but there simply isn't enough time.
Jacob Martin once lived here and has now come to the shop to have a good look at his former home.
It takes Almeric until Friday before his business even makes it to rank 1! If he keeps going at that pace, I doubt he will manage to get even one business to the top level - let alone five!! But he tries to make up for the first "lost" days of the week, when he was so busy with gardening that he hardly had time to prepare food for the shop, and on the same day his business reaches rank 2.
"I'll help you making food to sell," Aldric promises his brother. Indeed he makes some dishes Almeric can offer in his shop, and the reward is a rank 3 business on Saturday, and he finally gets a Bronze Badge for operating the cash register.
Aldric is now Executive Chef.
It is Sunday... and spring. That, together with the decorative balloons you can see here, can only mean one thing:
A wedding party! Juliette has invited some of her large family: Miranda (back) and Hermia Capp, whose pregnancy is clearly visible in her formal dress, as well as poor Uncle Cornwall, whose wife Regan so tragically died in the flames. Dirk Dreamer is a friend from her university days... are Phineaus Furley and Emily Lee.
When it gets dark, the bride and groom get under the wedding arch, and minutes after this picture was taken, Juliette Capp becomes Juliette Davis.
The guests enjoy a delicious plate of pork chops and an equally delicious layer cake - both lovingly prepared by the future Celebrity Chef.
Juliette is happy that her brother Tybalt and her friend Tom Freshe could make it to the party, too.
The week is over, and a busy one it was! Will Almeric's fledgling business take off properly, enabling him to eventually reach his lifetime want? (None of my Sims have so far managed to have 5 top level businesses!) How long before Juliette and Aldric will reach their respective lifetime wants?

Note: This was one of the last few stories I was ever able to upload to the Sims2 Exchange; I just found out that it was almost to the day 2 years ago, on 28.10.2010. There are four more stories after this one that I managed to upload before the Sims2 Exchange was, sadly, abandoned by EA - somethiing I still very much regret!


  1. I'm so glad we have Blogger for our stories after TS2 stopped helping us.
    I love the idea for the business, I did a home bakery recently which was really hard, lol.
    I also love the Viejo house, one of my fav's with a bit of tweaking (another nightmare garden), lol.
    Aldric and Juliette make a nice couple! (In my megahood she married Dustin Broke and they lived on a farm), heh. :)

    1. It took me a long time to get used to the idea of transferring all my stories from the original Exchange to Blogger, but now I am glad I started it, and will keep going.
      It's a lot more fun when people comment, too - therefore, here's a big THANK YOU to you!

    2. You're welcome, :) I find it spurs me on to continue playing when others are also following. More so with Maxis sims as lots of us know and love them, :)

  2. Aw, I always liked the Davis brothers! No one seems to write about them, so I'm glad to see them in your game.

    Question: I know you don't use CC and I'm pretty sure you don't use cheats but do you let yourself use things like aspiration rewards and the potions you can buy? I notice that you often change your sims' appearances to match their partner's turn-ons, so I got to wondering. I normally change the turn-ons to match the appearance but I'm not above cheating, especially not using the cheaty objects the game gives us. Was just curious what your "rule" is on this!

    1. My "rule" is to use as little cheats and aspiration rewards objects as possible. The only cheat I use every now and then is "move_objects on", to either get a stuck visitor/resident (on apartment lots) out of the way, or to put two university diplomas on the same wall etc.
      Out of the aspiration rewards objects, I normally only use the Thinking Cap and the Smart Milk device; very rarely, I have been using the energizer, but not in a very long time. And once or twice, a Sim with the LTW of earning 100.000 Simoleons was allowed to make use of the money tree.

  3. I tried selling homemade food out of counters in one of my grocery store businesses, but it made the environment score for the shop plummet and was bad for business. I don't know why and still wish I could have continued that line of business.

    1. Strange that it would have such a negative effect! Did you try replace the counters with new ones? Sometimes a bug can only be avoided by moving the household to a new lot.

  4. Oh the top 5 businesses. I am not a big fan of that one. Hua-Ling in Breeze Point has it (and technically she made it from the games perspective, but she only had 3 (I think) make it, they just fell and made it again, so I'm continuing to try.)

    I don't think I understand business in the sims well enough to truly be successful at it yet. For all the years I have played, it's just not something I've done a lot of. I have learned quite a bit from playing, and from blogs. Reading through so many of your posts, I'm ready to play again.

    1. Still none of my Sims has reached the 5 top level businesses. I'm glad reading my posts makes you want to play the game again, too! Other people's Sims blogs have the same effect on me :-)


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