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Growing Up

After delaying the twins training to attend the Festival the day before it was time to get started. Grandma was keen to help me out, so I was sure that it was going to happen fairly quickly.

While Grandma and I got started on the toddler’s training, the quads were busy enjoying their last day of childhood. They would be aging up at the same time as the twins. Breyan was indudging her love of computers, it is often difficult to pry her away from the machine.

Iselle was busy pretending to be a queen ruling her many subjects. The boys seemed to have dissapeared somewhere I hoped that they were not getting into too much trouble.

Lindsay took on the task of teaching Eliya how to talk.

After spending most of the previous day in each others company they seemed to have developed an understanding and Eliya’s training moved quickly.

I decided that walking would be where I started with Mika.

Like Eliya, Mika seemed to be learning quickly.

Grandma insisted  on training Mika to talk as well, she said it helped her get to know the little ones so much better.  Mika seemed to find learning to talk  a struggle.

Having spent less time with Mika, Lindsay also found Mika more challenging to train.

The pair of them eventually found a way to communicate and I now have two walking and talking toddlers.

With their training complete it was time for some birthdays……a lot of birthdays. Mika and Eliya were up first. I wasn’t surprised when Dale brought Mika up to the cake, out of the twins she seemed to be the one he had bonded with the most.

Mika aged up receiving the Eccentric trait.

Eliya aged up just after her sister receiving the Mooch trait.

Then it was time for the quads to take their turn. Getting them all lined up proved to be a struggle so they all aged up at different times.

Ryne aged up first receiving the Perfectionist trait.

Breyan received the Ambitious trait for her teen birthday.

Akir became Shy.

and finally Iselle became a natural cook.

Mika and Eliya loved being a little bit older and like their previous fairy siblings immediately started dancing.

So far neither of them is exhibiting Caraline’s love of the smustle but they are having a lot of fun.

I made the mistake of mentioning to Dale that I really needed to start working out again…. It’s been ages since I have done anything athletic and a couple of shots at the basketball hoop does not really count.

He had me in the gym so fast my head still hasn’t stopped spinning,

I’m not sure why he felt the need to yell? I’m not sure if I felt any fitter afterwards but I was definitely a little sore the following day,

After their birthdays the quads had separated and they were now engaged in a number of activities around the house. How they were choosing to spend their time highlighted their different  personalities. Ryne was happy watching a little television.

While his brother Akir was busy being far more active.

He still has a long way to go before he has mastered this skill.

Iselle spent some quiet alone time in the sandpit.

I think she enjoys being outside as well as the solitude, there is very little peace once you venture inside the house.

Breyan seemed to change very little when she aged up.

She can, nearly always still be found in front of her very loved computer.

Mika and Eliya after they finished their dancing were so tired from their busy day of toddler training, birthdays and fairy dancing that they asked their great-grandmother Lindsay for bedtime stories.

Unfortunately it was not possible for Lindsay to read to the two of them at the same time and Eliya eventually left to find someone else willing to read her first ever story at bedtime.

Dale was happy enough to read her a story.

I was pleased to see them spending some more time together.

Previously Dale had seemed to spent more time with Mika than  with Eliya. So it was nice to see a bond forming between the two of them.

A/N: I’ve been staring at this chapter for days now. Too many birthdays…Good enough…I guess. 😕

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Upset Tummies

With Mika and Eliya now safely arrived, and the spooky day festival in town we decided to take the kids to have a fun day out.

I enjoyed running into my son Andric’s little family. Andric wasn’t at the festival but his wife Alejandra and his son William were there enjoying the event.

I took the opportunity to get to know my grandson a little. Andric had left home a long time ago and it was nice to see that he now had a family of his own.

I  even noticed that little William has inherited his eye colour from both his father and me.

I even took William for a little walk around the festival grounds.

I eventually had to take William back to his mother when he started to fuss and I couldn’t calm him. He wanted his mummy.

While I was handing William back to his mother, Breyan and Iselle were still deciding on their costumes for later in the day.

Eventually it was decided that Iselle would be a Rabbit, while Breyan had decided on being a Tiger.

Meanwhile, Mika had taken a liking to Dale and she wasn’t about to let him go and Lindsay had disappeared somewhere with little Eliya.

After visiting with my grandson and his mother I went and found myself a quiet place to read. From there I could keep an eye on what my little ones were up to and hopefully stop any trouble before it started.

The quads had entered a pie eating contest together, I’m not sure who won in the end but it looked like they were having fun.

Although the pie seemed to disagree with Ryne’s poor tummy.

They all seemed to be in a competitive mood as they all tried out the apple bobbing as well.

Ryne seemed to be the most successful with this activity.

There were other members of the family at the festival as well. I found my daughter Egwene working at one of the booths. 😀

Dale also asked me to tour the haunted house with him.

Our reactions to this little adventure were a little different.

While Dale seemed unaffected and even a little disappointed with the haunted house, it totally creeped me out. I have no wish to try that out again anytime soon.

Overall the first half of the day had been wonderful. The rest of the day would have been too except a little unexpected encounter with Rolan that soured it all.

Lets just say that his attitude has not improved since he left home.

I am now very glad that he declined Dale’s invitation to help out a while back. I don’t know what I would have done with both Rolan and Crux with his mind reading in the same room but I’m sure it would have ended badly.

To finish off the day Dale had volunteered to take the quads trick or treating. They didn’t really need anymore of the sweet stuff and their costumes had long since been abandoned but they were keen to go.

Unfortunately, it soon became obvious that a couple of the kids had overdone it at the festival.

Ryne and Breyan, both still with the evidence of an earlier pie eating contest on their faces soon succumbed to their upset tummies.

Dale had to bring the four home early after failing to even knock on a single door. 😦


A/N: I had a few problems with my game at this point. Usually it all runs smoothly but I ended up with a new sims 3 file trying to shake out the bugs and then trying to get everyone looking like they did before the switch. I had major problems with one of my store sets, of course it was the Lullaby Set 😕 it wouldn’t load because I was missing a store patch which I wasn’t. Thankfully, redownloading the set from the store fixed that problem. Other things that occurred before the new file and save also included a Costume party thrown by one of Lucia’s kids,  every afternoon (on the same day) Lucia and Dale would be invited and for once I was going to let them go. I tried to get this day to work so many times. I think this one was Niella’s party, after they stood around for 8+ hours I gave up.

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Wake-Up Call

Dale and I brought home two little baby girls from the hospital. First born of the two was Mika who was born with the  Clumsy and Heavy Sleeper traits.

Followed by her twin Eliya who received the Loves the Outdoors and Athletic traits.

The twins settled in quickly, they both really enjoyed playing with the activities table.

The red blocks seemed to be their absolute favourite and I never saw either of them playing with any other colour.

With the twins happily playing upstairs, Grandma told me she had some birthday cakes organised downstairs.

I had known Jaem was ready to become a young adult but the second cake confused me.

“It’s mine”, Lindsay informed me, when she noticed my confusion.


“Mhmm. mine. It’s been a long time coming don’t you think?”

“I ….?”,  I was stunned. I hadn’t really paid much attention to my grandmothers aging before. I knew that she now was… but she hadn’t for so long that I had always taken her youth for granted.

“Time for some cake”, she told me patting my cheek before she moved away.

She walked over to Jaem and gave him a hug.

“I think it’s time for the both of us to get a little older, don’t you think?, Lindsay asked her great-grandson.

With Dale beside me, we all celebrated. Cheering and clapping and generally making too much noise. I wasn’t really in a cheering mood but I plastered a smile on my face and cheered. I’m sure I wasn’t fooling anyone.

It was something that I wasn’t prepared for, since when did my grandmother actually look like one? Until that moment I had never really thought of the possibility of losing her.

Still, I thought she looked wonderful.

Jaem aged up into a handsome young adult complete with a leaf beard. He received the dramatic trait for his final trait.

The quads arrived home from school shortly after the birthdays were completed.

After enjoying  some birthday cake they all immediately sat down and started on their homework. Neither Iselle or Ryne seemed to be finding it an easy activity.

I’ll admit that my grandmother’s birthday had upset me. I ended up spending the afternoon in the rec area drawing trying to take my mind of the days events.

It was bad enough when the children aged up into young adults ready to leave the house. I was going to miss having Jaem in the house, but I knew I would still be able to see him. To visit him if I needed or wanted to.

It was somehow worse when my grandmother aged up to an elder, she had been my the one constant in my life since childhood and suddenly she was aging.

Dale helped out by keeping the kids busy for most of the afternoon while still managing to be close by just in case I needed him.

I found the kids play and chatter soothing but I didn’t feel up to participating in their fun.

Dale finally stopped me in the kitchen to talk to me.

“Are you okay?”, he asked, his eyes full of concern.

I nodded, not trusting myself to say more. Dale pulled me into his arms and kissed me.

“Are you ready?”Dale asked when he pulled away, “Jaem is waiting for you in the lounge room”

“Yes” I said, taking Dale’s hand and walking towards the front room.

Jaem was waiting for me. I was going to miss him, he was certainly one of the most unusual of all my children. I remembered waiting for him to grow and how often he had surprised me even in a household as crazy as ours had been recently.

I gave him a final hug, and then it was time for him to go. As expected he was moving in with Malevin, I wasn’t sure how Aisling was going to react to that but the two boys had sure sounded excited about it.

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Brothers and Best Friends

Jaem and Malevin had become the best of friends. Although in some ways they were very different, they both got along well and it sometimes seemed like they were never apart.

Aisling: Seriously guys, this mutual admiration thing that the pair of you have going on is getting annoying.

Malevin: Did you hear something Jaem? My annoying twin by any chance…?”

Aisling: ………….

Jaem: Nope, can’t hear a thing..

Aisling: Ahhaha, you losers are too funny….

I knew it irked Aisling that the boys were spending so much time together, I hoped that she wasn’t feeling too left out.

Aisling took to spending a lot of time in the rec area. Taking out her anger on  the gaming system.

Sometimes that worked out well.

With Breyan and Iselle now aged up to children, Aisling no longer had the girls room to herself.

With the nursery now vacant it became a great place for Aisling to unwind and dance for as long as she wished.

If Malevin and Jaem were not involved in some type of solitary activity, they could usually be found together.

Jaem was proving to be the impatient member of the duo, he disliked having to wait his turn to use the wishing well.

It was almost guaranteed to make him grumpy.

My green boys are just too adorable. 🙂

Jaem was thrilled to finally have his chance to wish for happiness and even when you couldn’t see him Malevin was never far away….

I had delayed the twins birthday for a couple of days so that they could attend their prom along with their younger brother. Jaem ended up both the best and most under dressed student there when he refused to wear shoes with the new tux I had bought him.

After allowing the teens of the household attend their prom, it was time for Aisling and Malevin’s young adult birthdays.

Malevin followed in his nephew Crux’s footsteps when he rolled the Irresistable trait. He plans to max his influence with all three of the New Social Groups.

Aisling received the Angler trait and plans to create the Perfect Aquarium.

Afterward it was  time to say goodbye to my newly aged children.

I will miss them both but I know that will do well in whatever they decide to pursue.

The two of them organised a going away photo before they left just for me. They were keen to find their own place. I am sure that it will not take Jaem long to join them.

Breyan had been spending a lot of time at the home of Faith, one of her school friends. The two to of them spent a lot of time watching television, working on their homework or taking joy rides on the lounge.

Akir came home every night excited about being able to use the trampoline. He was often out there until it was time to go to bed.

Lindsay had been taking every opportunity to spend time with her great-grandchildren, especially at bedtime. The younger kids loved when she took the time to read to them.

Dale and I were now getting along better than we had in what felt like forever.

One thing though, the man never seems to tan?

While I was at least a couple of shades darker than usual due to spending so much time outside with the kids, Dale was still as pale as he had always been.

It didn’t take long for the results of the pollination to show themselves in the form of a tiny baby bump, it would not be long until I was once again waddling.

Throughout my pregnancy Dale and I made sure to spend plenty of time together.

Dale at least, seemed to be excited about the impending arrival and was showing a lot of interest in my newest bump. I think he was trying to feel as involved as possible, I certainly enjoyed the attention.

I been spending the day with my grandmother Lindsay when I finally went into labour,

I know she has been through labour plenty of times herself, so I’m not sure why she was freaking out.

I thought about asking Lindsay to drive me to the hospital, but it was one of those events that Dale always insisted on attending. I was always more relaxed  when he was there holding my hand.


A/N: I’m really not sure when the next update will be. For the first time…..EVER….I am out of screenshots for this save. In fact I need to replay Lucia’s entire pregnancy again because the game crashed on me. I’m hoping to get in-game tonight and just play, which will be nice for a change. Lucia now has only twelve children to go and I do have a couple of ideas for what will be happening next, I just need to time them all properly and also load up a new save so I can find Generation Three’s heir. Crux needs someone to torment (I have a tiny idea for that too). lol.

I also thought that you might all want to see what Malevin really looks like under all of that green.  Like Aisling he is mostly like his father feature wise, but he does have Lucia’s hair colour and the Young’s Grandparent Eye Colour. 😛

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For some reason I had been exhausted after my Grandma’s little surprise outing. I’m not sure why, it’s not like I really had to do anything. When I had finally made it home I had gone upstairs and had a nice long nap. When I finally had enough energy to leave my room, I found Dale waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs.

“How was the surprise?”

“Well, if it all worked the way it was supposed to I should be pregnant.” I said, looking through the kitchen and lounge room doors trying to locate the woman responsible.


“Oh yeah, just a warning. Never trust my grandmother when she says ‘trust me’ there’s always a catch. In this case a bunch of needles and a pollination”

“They can do that?”

“Apparently so”, I told him, even as I shuddered at the thought of going through that again. “I can’t do that again”

“Why not?”‘Dale asked.  I could tell he had been thinking it might be our best solution for the situation that we were in, and I hated that I was going to disappoint him.

“I hate needles” I whined, “I fainted…..FIVE times…I don’t think the doctors there ever what to see me again”

“You fainted?”, Dale asked.

I nodded, I could already see that he found that little piece of news amusing, I glared at him and immediately he tried to hide his smile.

“I’m sorry, I wish that I could but I just can’t” I apologised, “I’m really sorry.”


It wasn’t until the morning after my little trip into town that I got a chance to confront Lindsay about her little surprise outing.

“So how did it go?”

I just looked at her for a moment, unamused.

“I got poked with needles, how did you think it went?”

“I was hoping you had grown out of that….”

“Uh, no. I haven’t”

We both sat there in silence, finally Lindsay continued the conversation.”So, what did he look like? she asked, “Did they show you a picture?”

Of course that would be a question that Lindsay would ask. Dale hadn’t even been interested, not that I could blame him. I would not have been comfortable showing the picture to him anyway. I slid the photo across the table for her to look at.

“Well, he’s certainly different” Lindsay finally responded after looking at the photo, “but very cute, I think I like him”

“I guess you should since they told me that you picked him…”

“Oh, right. Of course” she answered, looking a little guilty. “Theres nothing wrong with a bit of variety, Lucia….”

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More Like a Curse?

“Hello Handsome” Lindsay said to Dale giving him a smile as she walked into the kitchen.

“Grandma!” I admonished, even as I fought to hold back a smile. Every time Dale got that uncomfortable look on his face only made it worse. Lindsay found it amusing when he squirmed.

“I have a present for you!” she told me handing me a small slip of paper, “you need to be at this address at ten, don’t be late!”

“What is it?” I asked dubiously, looking at an address that indicated I needed to go somewhere in the middle of town. I looked at Dale, at least the two of us were talking now. Although, everything was still a little strained. I glanced at the time and realised it was already nine. “Do I want this surprise?” I asked my grandmother.

“That depends”

“What is that supposed to mean?” I was now even more confused about what Lindsay was trying.

“Lucia….trust me…”

“I seem to remember that the last time you said that I ended up with the loser genie in my kitchen” I grumbled.

“Luc….”, Lindsay started.

“It’s fine, I’ll go!”

I went upstairs and got ready to take the half hour trip into town, who knew what my grandmother had planned for me. It wouldn’t have been the first time that she had completely taken me by surprise.

As I once again came downstairs I could overhear Dale and Lindsay talking in the kitchen. I shamelessly stood just out of sight eavesdropping curious about what they were discussing.

“She did warn you, you know, that your relationship was too early” Lindsay told Dale.

“I know, but I didn’t really think it would be this difficult, especially since it was all seeming to work okay. Then that thing with Nicholas happened and I just lost it and rather that taking it out on her I…”

“Bottled it in? Wouldn’t talk to her? Made plans without telling her about them?” Lindsay sighed, “I really not sure how that all helped”

“I know”, Dale said quietly. “I guess, even though I’m here, I don’t really get this whole destiny thing that you two seem so sure of”

“I have a question for you?”


“I’m not going to ask if you love my granddaughter, I can already see that you do. My question is how many children do you have?”

“That’s easy. Sixteen”

“So, you count any child that Lucia’s has had since you met as yours?”


I must have made some noise as I stumbled in the room as the pair of them turned and looked at me standing in the doorway

“Do you mean that?” I asked Dale.


“You never said…”

“You never asked”, Dale smiled at me, the lopsided grin that I loved so much.

I ran over and kissed him,  our first kiss since the one outside in the snow.

We were interrupted by Lindsay clearing her throat. “Lucia, if you don’t go now you’ll be late”. She pushed me towards the doorway.

“Fine”, I mumbled, annoyed with the interruption. It felt a lot like being sent to my room when I had been a child. I was always astounded that she could still do that to me without even trying.  I left the house and headed into town. I was in no doubt I was still the main topic of conversion back at the house. When I finally arrived in town I pulled up in front of a small building I had never noticed before.


Lindsay motioned to Dale to follow her into the sitting room. “We don’t age.” Lindsay stated, once the two of them were seated.


“Lucia and I, we don’t age.”

Dale looked at Lindsay in disbelief.

“Well, I do now…. but I didn’t before” Lindsay said, “trust me I look amazing considering my real age.”

“More importantly Lucia’s children don’t age either. I mean, their early development is accelerated as I sure you’ve already noticed but once they reach adulthood they stop just like mine did. When you first look at it, that sounds like something wonderful but you have to realise that it only lasts one generation. Everyone else around you ages like they normally would,  including your siblings and your grandchildren. They get older and eventually they’re gone while you and your children still look like they did at twenty.”

“Sounds more like a curse to me?”

“Maybe, but it’s origins have been long-lost and we know longer know how it even began. We only know one way to stop it.”

“Lucia knows this?”

“We haven’t really discussed it but it all comes to you like an old memory returning to the surface. So I’m sure she knows.”

“What about Crux?”

“Crux is aging like he normally would. He has an extended lifespan from the other side of his heritage, it is not something that anyone needs to worry about.”

“So when she reaches the 100th child Lucia will start aging like normal?”

“When that child reaches adulthood, Lucia will start to age and so will all of her other children” Lindsay looked at Dale, “It’s one of the reasons that your condition works in your favour, for both of you. I wasn’t that lucky, my Liam was wasn’t like you. Not that I would have changed him  for anything but..he’s gone now and I still miss him.”

“My condition?’

“You’re a werewolf, right?”

“Ah, yeah.” Dale looked confused, “I don’t understand how that helps?

“You also have an extended lifespan, Dale, you are already physically older than my granddaughter even if you are years younger. I have visions of the two of you being able to grow old together and they make me happy.”


AN: Any Questions? I didn’t think Dale needed to know everything, but he did need to know something. So if I wasn’t clear enough with some of the particulars just ask, I did leave some stuff out. 😀

Also, just to  clear some of the things mentioned in this chapter up.

1. The loser genie referred to in this chapter was way back in Chapter 85 the last time Lindsay payed a visit (Tuon, Ravashi and Chimal), not from the lamps Lindsay sent to Lucia in more recent chapters (Alene and Loise).

2. The Liam referred to by Lindsay is Liam O’Dourke, they got along famously due to their shared Genius Trait, he passed away in the Young Babies Timeline shortly before Lindsay’s last visit.  I also did an after Generation One Pic Special (Hopelessly Addicted) and an Alternate Universe Special (I Close My Eyes) with the two of them.

3. One of Lindsay and Liam’s daughters from Generation One, Marin, was the Founder of The Young Legacy and it is my only story that descends just from Lindsay and not from both Lucia and Lindsay. 🙂

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Summer is Here

Shortly after becoming a teen Jaem discovered a new talent. We had both been working in the garden when he first showed it too me. Without warning.

The way he could replenish his energy was like nothing I had ever seen. Even Crux’s way of replenishing his brainpower had not prepared me for the moment when Jaem went underground and became a plant. He scared me when he had suddenly disappeared.

Thankfully, he didn’t disappear for long and I could finally relax.

He seemed far more energetic when he resurfaced.

For some reason the entire family suddenly wanted to be outdoors. Not that I could blame them, the weather was beautiful.

Jaem required constant rehydration, so he loved anything that involved water. Malevin also loved being in the pool, while I was busy working on my tan.

Malevin had been teaching himself how to dive. He had some very mixed results but it was all slowly starting to come together.

He also continued to disappear when he entered the water.

Dale had started to swimming laps in the pool daily as part of his new athletic routine.

Breyan loved to spend her day in the sandpit.

In fact the sandpit was suddenly proving to be very popular.

The slippery dip was also receiving a lot of love from both Breyan and Iselle.

I ended up in a game of tag with Ryne.

It involved way too much running for my taste, but Ryne seemed to enjoy it. 🙂

In fact all of my kids seemed determined to keep me active. Jaem dragged me out to the half court to shoot some hoops.

Malevin also spent some time out there on occasion. I had started to notice that my two oldest boys now seemed to have a lot in common.

Because it was summer, the slip’n’slide saw a lot of use.



and Dale all enjoyed it.

Akir was the only one who seemed to be inside more than he was outside. Usually with a book in hand.

I wasn’t surprised that  Grandma spent a lot of her time learning how to use our new science station. It was just the type of thing she had always loved.

Lindsay was also spending a lot of time getting to know her great-great-grandchildren.

I was especially happy that my children had the opportunity to spend some time with her.

Aisling, Malevine and Jaem were all being extremely helpful.

Most nights they would read to the younger children to put them to sleep.

I managed to spend some time drawing. The drafting table was a good place to watch the backyard, I often came here when I knew Dale was outside just to see him.

Today I could see Dale and Malevin talking outside.  The situation was still tense, I wanted everything to go back to the way it was before but I just didn’t know how it could.

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The boys had finally allowed me to go outside, after refusing to let me out the door for almost twenty minutes.

“Are you crazy?!” I yelled at Dale.

I was taken by surprise when he just smiled at me glaring at him and pulled me in for a kiss.

When I tried to hit him he just laughed at me, catching my wrists . “Luc, its okay. It’s over”‘

“‘I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!”‘ I glared at him, his smile just made me more annoyed. ”I don’t know why you’re smiling. What if you had killed him?”

If anything his smile grew wider.  “Not likely…” he told me, “he fainted”‘

Jheran and Bael had followed me outside and I could hear their reaction to that piece of news.

“He what?”‘

“I barely touched him…” Dale explained, ”he fainted”

“He fainted?”I queried, looking at Nicholas lying in the snow. I continued to ignore the laughter behind me.

Suddenly they were  all laughing including the three boys who had just come upon the scene.

“‘Aww, mum. don’t be angry”, Taric said.

“‘Just don’t” I said, rounding on them, ”I don’t want to hear another word about this.” With one final glare at the werewolf responsible the entire event, I turned and headed back towards the house.


It wasn’t long before the blanket of snow that had covered the landscape for most of the winter finally gave way to spring. With his love of the outdoors and his in-born affinity with plants it was appropriate that Jaem’s birthday was occurring in the spring.

Jaem aged up into a handsome teen receiving the Grumpy trait.

It was also time to say goodbye to Crux. I admit that I wasn’t ready to say goodbye but it was time.

He and Dale were in the middle of one of their very one-sided conversations. They seemed to have them all the time now.

I however still wasn’t completely comfortable with Crux knowing my every thought, and Crux knew it.

As a result he always allowed me to verbalise what I wanted to say, rather than answering my unasked questions before I asked them.

“I’m going to miss you” I told him, wrapping him into a tight hug.

“I’ll miss you too, Ma” he told me, “He loves you, you know. Are you ever going to let him off the hook?”

“Of course” I replied, I honestly wasn’t sure why I hadn’t already. I had forgiven him for our little drama, I just hadn’t found a way to tell him. I knew he loved me and I certainly loved him, it should have been easy, right?

“Soon?”, Crux interrupted my thoughts.

“Yes”, I said throwing Dale a guilty look.

As he walked out the door, he turned, and looked at me, “Ma, you have a visitor in the kitchen. Say hi for me.”


“You’ll see”

After Crux at left, I went to see who my surprise visitor was. I was shocked, usually she gave me some warning when she decided to pay me a visit. Still it was wonderful to see her again.


“Oh, hi honey. Miss me?”


A/N: So you may have noticed or may not have noticed that I jumped around a little in the last couple of chapters. In the process I managed to completely miss an important birthday (Sorry Jaem…. 😦 ), Dale & Lucia are taking longer to get back on track than anticipated (totally worth it, lol) and a couple of events happened in a slightly different order than what they did in game.   Anyway, this is why this chapter is a little all over the place as it needs to bring all the storylines together so that they match up again.

Bonus Pic: This interaction became available when I was trying to get the pics for this chapter. It isn’t going to fit anywhere, ever but I thought it was funny. Dale really didn’t like it when Lucia hit him with the newspaper. 😆

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Nothing but Trouble – Part 2

“Not that I’m not thrilled to see the two of you but why are you here?” I asked Jheran and Bael, who had unexpectedly paid me a visit and were now in my kitchen.

“No real reason” Jheran said, “we just wanted to see you”

“Not that that’s not a lovely thing for a mother to hear”, I said “but I doubt that’s the whole reason. Anything else you wish to share?” I asked, eyes locking onto Bael as he started to look uncomfortable.

“Boys? Come on, I’m not an idiot. Why now?” I pressed them.

“Grandpa asked them too” Crux answered for them from his seat at the other end of the table.

“How di…” Bael started to say before being interrupted.

“He asked father too, but he wouldn’t come” Crux continued, ‘because I’m here”

“Okay, so your dad asked the three of you to visit me, and only the two of you could make it?” I asked, glancing at Crux. I was once again angry with Rolan’s treatment of his son.

“Yes” Bael said shortly, looking sympathetically at Crux.

How had Crux known, it was obviously the truth. It was also obvious that my boys hadn’t planned to fill me in with that much information. Even with Crux helping out with the explanation I could tell that I wasn’t being told something.

“Anything else I need to know, why the three of you? Why not the other boys? Where’s Niella? This obviously isn’t a little family get together or all seven of you would have been invited….” I started to ask as the many unanswered questions occurred to me.”

They glanced uneasily at each other and remained silent.


“My other Uncles are out hunting with Grandpa.” Crux was the one to explain again.

“They’re hunting with your grandfather?” I asked Crux, he seemed to be the only one willing to fill me in.


“Did you not catch the part were Dad didn’t want her to know?” Jheran asked Crux, “You seem to be able to pick every other little thought out of our head, did you miss that one?”

“But she should know? Crux looked confused, “Grandpa should have told her what the problem was from the beginning”

“We had it under control”

“That man is dangerous and crazy, there is no controlling that.” Crux continued reasonably.

Oh, I suddenly realised what this was all about…Nick Crawford. The roundabout conversation was all suddenly starting to make sense.

“Crux, how long have you known about this?” I asked him, surely I should have noticed that my grandson could read minds if it had been happening for any length of time.

“I found out after my birthday” Crux answered “suddenly I just knew.”

“Does anyone else know?”

“Just Grandpa”, Crux replied.”He’s been ‘thinking’ at me all afternoon”

I wasn’t sure what that meant, Bael and Jheran had obviously been sent to ‘visit’ to protect me in some way.

“Uncle Jheran? It’s time to make that call” Crux informed us.

What on earth was Dale up too…


Turns out Dale was on the hunt, it seemed that Nick’s threat that he would see him soon was genuine. There were however a few things about Dale that had changed since the last time the two of them had met face to face and Dale planned on fully exploiting them.

Maeric, Sierin and Taric had been helping their father out by keeping a guard out around town. They knew that Nicholas was still in town and that the police had so far been unsuccessful in locating him. Nicholas Crawford been on the run for a number of years ever since Dale had discovered his secret and had informed the police of his former best friends criminal activities.

It had taken months and they still hadn’t found him. Until that morning when he had been spotted in town.

“It’s about time you showed up” Dale said, “I was starting to think you’d run again.”

“If I knew that you were waiting for me I would have arrived sooner” Nick said. “How’s our girl?”

“That’s really none of your business”

“After all that the two of us shared, I think it just might be”

“I know this isn’t about Lucia, what exactly is it that you’re after? Why would you even risk coming back here?”

“I wanted to get some revenge, Dale. I think I deserve it after what you did?

“What exactly did I do, Nick?”

“We were friends Dale, and you betrayed me.”

“It was wrong what you were doing, I did what I had to”

”My best friend conspiring to get me locked away”, Nick sneered.

“It was illegal and dangerous and it was only a matter of time before somebody got hurt. That girl was lucky to survive” Dale said. ”I don’t regret telling the police what you were doing. I would do it again if I had to”

“Nick, the police are already on the way.” Dale continued, ”You are finally going to pay for what you did all those years ago.”

“What! You actually think you can keep me here all by yourself?’ Nick replied “I was always stronger than you, I can leave anytime I want.”

“Things have changed” Dale said quietly

“What the hell are you!!” Nick yelled as Dale transformed.

“As I said, things have changed…”

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Snowman Scaring

We had delayed Aisling and Malevin’s birthdays for far too long and with the quads due to start toddler training I decided to age the twins up first.

Malevin aged up with the Charismatic trait .

Aisling received the Rebellious Trait.

Almost immediately it became apparent that aging Aisling up to a teen had been a good idea, as she loved looking after the toddlers.

She even helped me out with the toilet training which I really appreciated.

Everyone seemed to spend at least some time in the nursery.

Even Dale helped with teaching a couple of the quads to talk. He wasn’t around as much as he had been previously, suddenly he seemed to be very concerned about his small werewolf pack.  They often went out on small hunts and while I was happy that he and our sons were spending time together…..I missed him.

Thankfully all of the babies seemed to be quick learners because teaching four children at once can be hectic. Breyan was often happy enough playing on the activities table.

With four babies it is sometimes hard to care for each child in a timely manner. Iselle does have the cutest pouty face and I did occasionally leave her in the cot just a little bit longer than necessary just to see it.

Dale also found Iselle’s sad face irresistible.

It was nice to sometimes get a small amount of one-on-one time with the children. Ryne has one of the sweetest laughs.

He was so determined to learn to walk that he had mastered the skill in no time at all.

Finally, we were done. Four toddlers ready to become children.

Dale came home to help out with the birthdays.

Little Ryne was the first to take the step into childhood, he received the Shy trait.

Akir followed rolling the Bookworm trait.

Breyan received the Computer Whiz trait.

Iselle aged up received the Perfectionist trait.

After the quads had all become children it was time for a very special birthday.

Crux was finally coming into his full powers as a young adult. He received the Irresistable trait. I wondered what he was truly capable of.

With winter still in full force, the children started to spend a lot of time on snow related activities. Making snowmen became extremely popular.

Malevin seemed to take great pleasure in scaring the life out of anyone who made one, though.

No one was safe. 

I even went out to help Aisling finish one of her masterpieces.

I?also took the opportunity to get a little painting done. No toddlers = having some time to paint. 🙂

Now that Malevin was a little older, he and Dale discovered a shared interest in sports and the pair could often be found discussing and participating in various athletic  activities.

Malevin also loves to read. Something that he gets from me.

To make full use of his many fine traits, Malevin was also spending  a great deal of time working on his chess skill.

The following day, Crux graduated. When he finally made it back home he was so drained that he needed to regain his brainpower.

He looks handsome in his tux.

AN:  A interesting note that I read somewhere today. If your alien tries to grow a plant sim there is a chance that they will grow an alien plant baby instead.  Something else for me to try at a later date. 😀

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