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Monday, 27 January 2014

The DeBateau-Gere Household: Update 27.01.2014

For the previous week at this household, click here.

This is the town villa that has belonged to the DeBateaus from the start. The family have seen quite a lot of changes since the game began: At first, there were only Armand and his adoptive daughter, Tara. Tara and Alexander Goth became teenage sweethearts and saw each other at college as well. After they both graduated, they renewed their relationship, and Tara married into the Goth family. Currently, she helps Alexander raise his half-Alien twins.
Armand's lifetime want of celebrating his Golden Anniversary was a challenge, since there was no woman he was particularly interested in. He settled for Chastity Gere, of all ladies! She, as a Romance Sim with the LTW of having 20 Loves at the same time, was certainly not wife-material. Still, it worked; Armand moved in with her, became Mr. Gere and reached Permanent Platinum before he died.
Long before all that happened, he had resurrected his parents. His mother was fine, but his father became New Maximiliania's one and only Zombie.

That he still is - he never ages -, and his widowed daughter-in-law, Chastity Gere, has moved in with him after Armand's death. She was turned into a Vampire by one of her many lovers, Count David Gregory. This means she does not age, either, but is forever stuck at 60, her age when she was bitten.
She is still working on reaching her LTW. Actually, she is close to it, but some of her lovers have died during the last round, and so I don't really know how long it'll take her to be on Permanent Platinum.
Beaumont will never become a Celebrity Chef and is forever destined to see close friends and relatives die, unless he'll die in a fire or some other accident.

There are also four dogs in the household: Cilly and Betty...
and Alabama and Cesar. Alabama is the mother of the three others. Betty was in her first litter, Cesar and Cilly in her second.
I'm afraid this is not the best of pictures, but I wanted to show you how Chastity, in bat-shape, quickly flies into the house after sunrise on this Monday morning, and seeks the comfortable darkness of her coffin until sunset.
For Beaumont, the lonely days seem far too lonely, and he invites one of his many 3-bolt-ladies over: Kimberly Cordial.
The two of them realize they are well and truly in love, and Kimberly does not think twice when Beaumont asks her to move in. She adds more than 348.000 Simoleons to the DeBateau fortune, making it a total of over 658.000! She is now 81.
Upstairs, Chastity sleeps peacefully in her coffin, underneath the picture she and Count David Gregory had taken together, and the love letter he wrote her.
imberly has brought her Throne of Darkness, which is her preferred seat.
Beaumont has bought delicious cheese cake at the Davis' bakery and serves it to celebrate Kimberly's move-in.
Later, the loving couple relax on the bed, and Beaumont confesses that he does think of death a lot. He was hoping Kimberly would be able to de-zombify him, or have some other idea, but she admits that none of her spells is powerful enough to deal with death.
That night, Beaumont dreams of Armand, the son he loved and, like so many other people he loved, has been missing for many years.
Tuesday night, Benvenuto Broke and Sandra Roth are guests at the DeBateau villa. For Chastity, this is a welcome chance to befriend (and, possibly, later turn into a lover) Benvenuto.
For Sandra, it is a welcome chance to get into yet another fight with Kimberly! Maybe you remember that the two of them were fighting at the Davis' bakery. The reason is still unknown. Once again, Sandra won.
Chastity is already doing her best to shift things with Benvenuto from friendship to more :-)
It is Wednesday morning, and she has to hide in her coffin until 7.00 pm.
Beaumont invites his adoptive granddaughter Tara, her husband Alexander and some friends over in the afternoon. The lady with her back to the camera is Erin Singles.
Is this another party guest coming up to the house?
No... it's the Grim Reaper who has come for Kimberly.
She dies at the age of 84, and leaves behind a 3-bolt-love in Beaumont, who is desperate at having had to witness yet another Sim die who meant so much to him.
Later that night, Benvenuto becomes Chastity's # 20. That still does not fix her LTW, because as I mentioned above, some of her elderly lovers have died.
Beaumont chooses to sit on Kimberly's Throne of Darkness on his own accord.
As Wednesday slips into Thursday, Chastity is seen outside, mopping up dog puddles, weeding, throwing away old newspapers and cleaning the dog houses - all without me telling her to.
Tommy Ottomas walks past and is greeted by Beaumont.
Sirius Swain has followed Tommy a little later, and talks to Beaumont about his Alien heritage over bowls of soup.
Chastity is pleased to discover that she and Tommy Ottomas have 3 bolts for each other. The perfect candidate for her ever-growing list of lovers!
On Friday, Alabama dies at the ripe old age of 33, mourned by her children.
Jacqueline Jacquet is greeted that afternoon.
It is Saturday morning at the villa, and I want to show you this corner of Tara's former bedroom. The little statue on the chest of drawers is another memento of Kimberly.
Today, Beaumont, who suffers through his lonely days again since Kimberly's death, greets Cornel Capp...
... Gilbert Jacquet...
...and Gerlinde Gavigan.
Chastity has invited Tommy Ottomas again, and he stays until Sunday morning, when he becomes her 21st lover. "What a bird!!" he thinks :-)
When the sun has risen and Chastity is in her coffin, Beaumont is glad to welcome Justin Cleveland to fight his loneliness.
In the evening, Chastity gets up, and when Beaumont comes across her in the dining room, he stops and finds himself thinking of her in a different way than his widowed daughter-in-law.
The two of them find themselves relaxing on the bed together, and Chastity brings up the subject: "Why don't the two of us get together? We have three bolts for each other, are both different from other Sims, and know each other so well there won't be any nasty surprises in our relationship. Why not, Beaumont?"
Why not indeed!
Beaumont and Chastity fall in love, and Chastity finally reaches her LTW.

Will these two really live forever, or is anything going to happen to change their non-aging status?

Saturday, 25 January 2014

The Davis Family: Week 3

Week 2 can be read here.

Here is another family whose lifetime wants have not changed. Do you remember the house? Maxis had it originally assigned to Catherine Viejo and Betty Goldstein, but both ladies have died long ago, and nowadays, it is occupied by other Sims:
Almeric Davis...
...his twin brother Aldric...
...and Aldric's wife Juliette, who is a Capp by birth.

Almeric still wants to own 5 top-level businesses, Aldric still wants to become Celebrity Chef, and Juliette still is on Permanent Platinum ever since she became Education Minister a while back.

Aldric has left for work already when on this Monday Almeric and his sister-in-law have soup for lunch.

When he returns from work, Aldric makes candies in order to improve his cooking skill. He needs many more skills to make it from Restauranteur, his current position, to Celebrity Chef.

On Tuesday morning, all three house mates have breakfast together.

Tybalt Capp, Juliette's brother who has turned into a Plantsim during the last round, has come visiting. He is apalled at the state of the garden and starts raking the leaves on his own accord.

Meanwhile, Juliette uses her day off to bake as many cakes as she can for her brother-in-law's shop, a home business selling food.

The offer of the week is cakes and cookies. They sell so well Juliette can hardly bake fast enough. The shop is now on Rank 5.

On Wednesday, Almeric thinks it would be an asset if the tea room, which so far hardly any of his customers use, had an Asian-style tea set as well as traditional chairs and tables.

[It took me AGES to find the tea set in buy mode!! Eventually, I clicked on "Collections" and found it in the Vacation collection. The only other household who have one of those is the Cooke-Dreamer family, and they have had theirs for so long I can't remember where in the catalogue it was.]

It looks like Almeric's instinct was right: nearly as soon as the tea set is placed, customers start to sit at the tables as well as using the tea set.

As usual, the groceries delivery people come to the house nearly every day.

All three household members use most of the afternoon, evening and night to bake away in the kitchen.

On Thursday, the shop opens fully stocked - but it does not take long at all to be sold out, and to reach Rank 6.

In spite of there not being anything for sale at the shop right now, it stays open, giving all customers the opportunity of getting to know each other over a cup of tea.
Some Sims prefer exploring the garden :-)
Aldric has not had much time to work on his skills this week so far, but on Friday morning, he makes an effort to get his last cooking skill point.
The shop has remained open all the time, with the doors to the private quarters of the house locked for anyone but the family. Here, one of the customers takes pity on the overgrown hedge.
A little later, the gardener, maid and repair man arrive at the same time. There is plenty of money in the household, and all three Sims are too busy with the shop (and Aldric with his career), so that there really is no need for them to do all those jobs around the house and garden themselves.
Sadly, Juliette takes the wrong decision with a chance card and is demoted on the Friday. She is now back on her old position of College Dean, and very obviously not at all happy about this. Still, she remains on Permanent Platinum, and I hardly ever need to worry about her.
At the shop, a fight breaks out between Sandra Roth and Kimberly Cordial. Kimberly may be an Evil Witch, but Sandra is not afraid of her and wins the fight.
That night, Aldric finally maximizes his cooking skill. Now he needs two more Creativity points before he can hope for that final promotion.
Early on Saturday morning, the shop reaches Rank 7 while Almeric makes yet another batch of Santa Cookies.
A few hours later, I decide it is time for Juliette to quit her job. She does not need it, neither to earn money nor to reach her LTW.
Over breakfast (consisting of Santa Cookies and champagne) Almeric, Aldric and Juliette celebrate her quitting her job and the shop being on Rank 7.
Now that she does not work on her former job any longer, Juliette helps out at the shop a lot more. When she is not preparing platters of chips, cheese or appetizers, she is busy selling.
Sometimes she is even allowed to practice at the cash register, always under the watchful eye of Almeric, who will intervene if she is too slow and customers start to become impatient.
He has now his Golden Cash Register Badge, and the shop is at Rank 8.
On Sunday morning, the tea room is busy while our house mates work in the kitchen to produce enough stock for today.
Juliette has made her Bronze Sales Badge today, and the week ends with the shop still being at Rank 8 and Aldric still being a Creativity point away from his next (and last) promotion.

How long until the shop will reach Rank 10, and until Aldric will make his LTW come true?