Log 3o: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream

Hahaha.. I love that expression so much. Sorry, Coop!
Hahaha.. I love that expression so much. Sorry, Coop!

The supposed finality of death has proven to be a bit of a myth. We wake to subtle changes that cannot be easily explained. Books put away. Dishes washed. Things that weren’t there before, there.

But.. this easel was empty.. and that looks like Garret's style!
But.. this easel was empty.. and that looks like Garrett’s style!

Visions of those believed lost have been creeping into our subconscious, and sometimes, our bathrooms.

Even the unseen cannot unsee.
There are things that even the unseen cannot unsee.

Clem is a man transformed. Having made it to the top of his career to Interstellar Smuggler (yay! woo!), he’s emerged from seething overwork and has been leisurely tinkering with his new Retro Rocket kit.

This is gonna be one sexy rocketship! ;D
This is gonna be one sexy rocketship! ;D

None of the kids are quite sure why he’s been so like “himself” again, but they aren’t about to ask. They’re just happy he’s not so mad all the time.

clem ghost e

He even fully participated in the twins’ young adult birthday party, catering it himself!

Del, singing: "And many moooore ~"    Coop: " On channel fooour!"
Del, singing: “~ And many moooore! ~”   Coop, yelling: “You guys got any ranch?”

Dandelion evolved into an Non-committal, Romantic Geek.

dan ya mug
I’ve met this guy. ;p

And Daisy is now complete as a Geeky, Active Goofball.  That sounds like a full-time job right thar, lol.

Not sure what to make of it, are you dear?
Not sure what to make of it, are you dear?

As Clem is still not even an elder yet and the kids have all begun their adult lives, we must go ahead and quest for jobs and partners and all the other things that fill a person’s days and years. Some of our darlings are doing better than others in that regard, but I’m trying to give everyone a fair shot no matter how much of a pain in the ass it’s proving to be.

Even crazy ol’ mixologist Digitalis, who I had befriend our new maid (lord that was trying) before attempting to turn on the charm, deserves a chance at love.

You can imagine by her expression how this ended.
You can imagine by her expression how this ended.

Sadly, he didn’t get to try again as she was devoured by the game before I could blink. Still have rapidly disappearing townie syndrome. (I wish there were a setting we could change to up the allowed population before culling kicks in!)

Daisy is not having much luck either. She doesn’t have a “job” per se, because she’s our gardening/repair/party-throwing machine. She does have a crush though: this guy, Grant.

Grant Han:  Outgoing, Romantic, Foodie.
Grant Han: Outgoing, Romantic, Foodie.

Despite them having been Good Friends for ages and him being a Romance sim, he’s proving extremely flirt-resistant!

The only kiss he'll accept is from 5 feet away.
The only kiss he’ll accept is from 5 feet away.

I swear there’s a hidden attraction system that’s independent from the obvious trait conflicts, because some sims just aren’t that into each other no matter what. You can prod them into a relationship and max their bars and there’s still something missing.  Too real, EA – too real!!  Haha.

Dandelion, I think, likes Cooper. >.>   Even though they’re not currently age-matched (though him being younger than Dia, they’re only 2ish days apart, I think), he lights up when she’s around. She’s totally oblivious to him, of course.

Coop: "Wait - do I smell CAKE?"
Coop: “Wait – do I smell CAKE?”

Delphinum is a real lady’s man.

All of his outfits are thoroughly unappealing to me, lol.
All of his outfits are thoroughly unappealing to me, lol.

He already has a girlfriend! Don’t really know anything about her. She might be a Sith Apprentice.

Flirting with danger is invigorating.
The lipstick really makes the outfit.

And she *might* be pregnant.

What? I wanted to see what would happen.
What, Clem? I wanted to see what would happen. ;P

But hell, I’m not picky at this point.

I intend to have him propose soon.

Don't worry! He'll treat you right.
Oops, I probably should have kept that part a secret. Sorry, doll.

That just leaves Dianthus. For him, as he’s perpetually ‘Lovelorn’ and at a 2 point happiness deficit, making him susceptible to accidental emotional death, and because we still are really hoping he can pull it together and become the next heir, we’ve resorted to clubbing.

Which wiener joke to use? There are so many. If only Coop were here! ;D
Which wiener joke to use? There are so many. If only Coop were here! ;D

Didn’t wind up with anything positive to show for that visit, except for this neat shot of Clem’s brother Columbine who we found playing guitar there – his skill has improved a lot since he moved out, so perhaps he’s been living a life after all! That made me feel good. 🙂

clubbin columbine guitar

Dia’s most hopeful prospect currently is Hana Wu, a friendly woman he met at the park.

Hana Wu: Active, Outgoing, Self-Assured.
Hana Wu: Active, Outgoing, Self-Assured.

They seem to get along okay. That is, she seems to like him and doesn’t reject his flirts. But I worry that her personality might be a bit much for him to handle in the long term. We can still get a dose of romance to tide him over, though!

Yes, there we go! See, you're charming when you try!
Yes, there we go! See, you’re charming when you try!

Maybe.

Hana, uncomfortable: "Soo.. What are you reading?"
Hana, uncomfortable: “Soo.. What are you reading?”

Do you want to cure your lovesick or read a damn book, boy? Pick one! *shakes fist* He’s so derpy about this stuff, haha.

Too many unfamiliar people were walking by, so he was uncomfortable. He’s at -3 happiness (with Lovelorn) when that happens, which seems to trigger a “seek comfort” response. I’ve taken the books out of his inventory, but he just puts more in there. Plus, with -3 going, one simple embarrassment could be fatal. Challenging combo!

(Bonus shot: Eve walked by these two and got all mopey. Did she really have feelings for Dia? Or is she just bummed about something else?)

If only you didn't flirt with Clem, that could have been you being ignored for a book.
Tsk. If only you hadn’t flirted with Clem.

Dia still hangs out with Cooper all the time. It’s easy because she really likes our stereo and our fridge full of culinary-skilling leftovers. We don’t mind ’cause Dia needs someone to confide in, to ask for advice & share his problems with.

She laughs at him, a lot. But then she helps him. She’s been trying to teach him to dance.

Coop: "Dude, where were you! I've been waiting for an hour!"
Coop: “Dude, come on already! I’ve been waiting for like an hour!”
Coop: "You've gotta put your whole body into it, like this!"
Coop: “You’ve gotta put your whole body into it, like this!”
Dia: "Hey! I think I'm getting it!"
Dia: “Hey! I think I’m getting it!”

Dunno when we’re going to see Cooper age up, but her mom is an elder now, so it should happen at any time. I noticed that their relationship panel, which has had Coop labeled as a Romantic Interest until the patch despite the age difference, now says “Just Good Friends.”  Hrm.

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