Thursday, July 7, 2016
Chapter 40: Mechanical
Perenna thinks of herself as exceptionally lucky; the Goldbeards welcomed her into their hearts and into their family. A family was all she'd ever wanted, since the fairy took her parents from her.
Reggie, Izzy, Ray and Heather and Petra and Rain and Layla, and even Chad when he bothers to show his face - Perenna loves all of them. And thanks to the happy chance encounter of taking a job in Monte Vista and meeting them, she has Lucida.
In all the infinite possibilities, could things have ever worked out better?
Finally. Reggie's latest masterpiece project is complete.
Built for durability, strength, and friendliness, this android's simplistic artificial intelligence should make him a delight for the children as well as a great help around the house for adults.
Does it occur to Reggie that a six foot tall metal man might scare children?
No. No it does not.
"AAAUUGGGHHH!" Lucida's blood-chilling scream upon seeing her new toy is not the reaction her father hoped for.
"Wow, Dad." Izalee stares, expression slack for a moment until she tries her best to smile. "That is certainly a thing."
"I was waiting for you two to get home, so you could name him," Reggie says.
His daughters stare at him.
Then at each other.
"Is the robot really a him if it has no guyparts?" Lucida whispers.
"Cid!" Izalee whispers back harshly, "That's crude!"
"I hope we can be friends!" are the android's first words.
"Let's just call you Mech," Izalee offers, wanting this awkwardness to be over and done with.
"I love that name!" he says. "Based on information I was programmed with, you must be Izalee. I am honor bound to protect you from all harm."
Rain thinks Mech is awesome. Layla is just worried about the dog getting hurt by clumsy, newborn robot hands.
"What are you doing?!" Perenna can't leave these kids alone for five seconds...
"Making him shinier!" the teen replies.
The old dog knows a lot of tricks. Shake, roll over, play dead. Rain stayed the night at her Uncle Reggie and Aunt Perenna's place, just to keep Izalee company (okay, mainly so she could gawk at the robot), but other than that she's counting on it being another forgettable schoolday.
But things don't shake out that way.
"Where'd you buy that dress, Blueberry? The Grandma store?" Roberto Lombardi-Seng doesn't consider himself a bully. Picking on Izalee is just as normal as eating breakfast.
But Izalee is in no mood today. "Fuck off."
"Naughty naughty, Blueberry. Do you need someone to show you what that means?"
Izalee glares. Rain looks at the floor and shifts her feet uncomfortably.
"Like anyone would ever want her!" Roberto's friend Edward GilsCarbo-Bianchi, complacent as a background decoration until now, steps up his game.
Notice how even the glitchy speech bubbles think the boys are spewing mindless empty nothing.
Ed's comment hits a nerve, and Izalee begins to tear up.
"HOW DARE YOU?!" Lucida shrieks.
"Cid-" Izalee never anticipated her little sister walking in on moments like these. The younger kids' classrooms are in the other wing. But here she is, and tempers are flaring, and in seconds things have gone from sad to terrible.
"I'LL KILL YOU!" The surge of rage is too much for the little girl to handle. She transforms, and leaps onto the jerkass who made her big sister cry.
Etc.: Bet you thought I wasn't actually updating this again. Surprise.
I initially had 3 intermission blog posts (two in 2014, one in 2016), letting people know what was going on, but I've since deleted them... partially out of shyness, and partially because telling you about my ridiculous life would interrupt the whole flow of the blog. Important stuff: this week I got nostalgic and installed Sims 3 again.
My save files all work. There were a few unexpected casualties, like Lucida's hairstyle going missing, and some patterns vanishing, but overall the damage is minor.
I discovered I had several chapters of material written in blogger, before I slunk away two years ago. I'm in the process of cleaning those up. I'll post them as they're finished, and I'll try to continue the legacy from there.
As you can see, Reg finally finished that big idea of his! Been a while since I had a simbot around. My last one was Paola, way back in Riverview, and all she did was play in the sprinkler and short out. All day, every day. Maybe Mech will be more fun.
Fun trivia: Edward there is Rain's cousin. He's the son of Heather's sister, Rhonda.