Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Chapter 2: Cookie Damage
Monte Vista has no laundromat, so the first thing Scarlett buys with his busking profits is a washing machine and dryer. The Goldbeards are tired and hungry, and apparently Greta has been going crazy and writing on the wall, but there is much rejoicing over the laundry machines!
"Maybe you can also buy something else to wear besides that filthy hobo coat now?"
"One thing at a time, love."
The blackened waffles were so bad, the couple have not used the oven again, and subsist on salad and yogurt.
Greta the Housebound takes up painting.
While Scarlett familiarizes himself with Monte Vista and its people.
Every day, he plays guitar in a different place.
"A blue guy on guitar? The Tourism Attraction Committee is getting desperate again." Gino Ferrari can't match a shirt and pants, but he can still lay on the sick burns.
Harvey Dent makes an appearance.
Monte Vista has plenty of scenic places to stop and consider the hollowness of life.
Or a wife who's too terrified to go outside.
But it's either pick himself up and get back to work, or fail to pay the bills and get evicted, so... Scarlett hopes his long hours busking will be appreciated instead of resented.
Today, some lady decides she's going to improve his act with a set of drums.
Scarlett is hesitant when she wants him to join her band.
"You have talent and you look stupidrad," she says. "We could make so much gimmicked simoleons."
After some coaxing, Scarlett agrees to join up with her band, Cookie Damage.
He wonders what he's gotten himself into.
This town celebrates Leisure Day, so Scarlett gets into the spirit by wearing his sleepwear to their festival. Doctor Erika Lin and her cat show up to heckle.
Perhaps she's popping too much Vicodin to notice her dislocated arm.
When the law shows up, Scarlett worries he's in trouble.
Luckily the cop just wants to throw him some money.
Later, Scarlett changes into some pirate clothes (perfectly normal in the town he grew up in, but not so much for Monte Vista), and joins in the Leisure Day games.
Y... M... C... A...
Scarlett may not be home very much, but he finds out he has not been neglecting his wife enough for her to not be totally preggers.
Scarlett is family oriented, so doesn't react to the news with as much panic as should be expected from a man barely able to pay rent. Most of his mental energy is therefore funneled into consoling Greta.
Etc.: I've had busker sims before, but never when the legacy family was dirt poor, so I'm just now realizing how terrible it is. Seasons has added another layer of terrible, since if Scarlett is busking outside and manages to attract a tipper, Murphy's Law dictates that it WILL start raining. And then the meal ticket will run away.
Meanwhile Greta's career as an artist means she's tied to that easel, and I feel guilty about that, but I have my eye set on a much nicer house for them, so I'd rather have the money than give her a life.
Scarlett and Greta both rolled wishes to have a child, so I let them. They need a total of 5.