Saturday, November 5, 2016
Chapter 70: On Fire in the Rain
Lucida went skinny dipping in the hot tub, and Ben stole her clothes. That rascal.
Ceth is on fire in the rain. Now she knows how those plants felt in chapter 64.
This is the third fire today. Ceth is getting really tired of this faulty special effects prop she has to use.
Monte Vista has so many interesting old ruins.
Milo likes to trek out here to hunt, and to think, in peace.
Normally on a weekend he would be chilling with 'Lupe, at least some of the time, but lately that feels weird. He wishes it could go back to not feeling weird.
A Bamboo Straight Swift Butterfly. Majestic.
Milo releases his quarry today. He finds more hope and joy watching it glide off towards the distant hills than he would in trapping it behind glass to be admired.
He already has one at home. There is no need to be greedy.
The sports stadium looms in the background, reminding him of what everyone expects.
Right now all he wants is to be free of expectations.
His well-meaning parents, his needy girlfriend... too many eyes are on him, eager to see what he will do next.
At that moment, laying in the sun-warmed grass, balancing the soccer ball on his feet, Milo makes up his mind. He will escape.
Ceth runs into Matteo Rossi at Danza. She sells him one of her hastily put together albums.
What is rich extended family for?
On fire again! Good thing Ceth has taken to carrying around showers in a can. Reggie left the family quite a large stack of them.
Ceth orders a Pomegranate Passion, hoping it will make her lucky in the romance department. Sadly the number of eligible bachelors at Danza tonight remains zero.
Ceth goes home and rolls a wish to help water the plants.
Tomorrow is a new day. Perenna was fond of that sappy saying, and the phrase replays in Ceth's mind often lately.
Unfortunately Ceth's tomorrow is very similar to Ceth's yesterday. She consoles herself with the upcoming move to Starlight Shores. That will be so exciting, won't it?
There's Marco Ricardo and Toni Bianchi, two of Ceth's schoolmates grown up and married. Ceth shudders at the thought. How could they possibly think getting hitched so quickly was a good idea? Sure, they look happy, but they haven't been together that long! What if this honeymoon phase runs out? What then? Those fools.
Carlos arrives. That cheers Ceth right up.
"You shouldn't work on Leisure Day," he taunts.
"I'm going to punish you for distracting me, punk!"
"Suuuure you are!"
"Carlos, you're not even trying."
"I can see up your skirt."
"I said put on a longer skirt, you weirdo!"
Milo's birthday arrives.
Guadalupe is here; she already aged up earlier in the day.
Milo joins Ceth and Carlos in the young adult age stage.
His girlfriend is impressed with the transition.
Unfortunately being grown up means acting like it... at least for some people.
Guadalupe's fifth trait is childish.
She's also gorgeous, in Milo's opinion, so he finds it extra hard to tell her he wants to leave town with his brother and Ceth. The Starlight Shores team, The Gnomes, has been desperate for talent since several of their big names retired at once, and someone with Milo's supernatural strength will likely advance quickly.
Milo hoped his feelings might change as they got older; he hoped he'd want to settle down and be the guy 'Lupe wants him to be. But that hasn't happened. All he can do is acknowledge his feelings and try to work through them.
"I want us to party on our birthday," he says, as he watches her face fall into a teary pout. "Why don't you come with us? Maybe a change of scenery would be good for you. We can discover new things together, and leave all the worries of Monte Vista behind."
"How could you do this to me?!" she explodes, after he's finished. "I can't leave! I have an elderly father!"
"...Who is living with your older sister..." Milo murmurs.
"I thought you loved me! But you've been planning to get away from me this whole time!"
"I just asked you to come with me," he whines.
"No! I won't ever do that! How could you! Now I'll never see you again and you don't even care!" She trembles.
His heart melts. "It's fine, it's fine... please don't cry 'Lupe... I'll come back. I'll visit often. I'll come back. I promise. My parents are here and all. Of course I'll visit."
"How did it go?" Ceth asks. Not that she needs to. She could hear the yelling even from up here in her bedroom.
"She doesn't want to come with us," Milo sighs. "And... she stormed off."
"Who needs that crybaby anyway?" Ceth casually flips to the next page in her logic book. She has to keep up with Carlos, and all.
"She's my best friend. I hate seeing her cry."
"Visit in a week, she'll be married to some other guy in your graduating class."
"I know her type. Scared little losers that have to cling to somebody else..."
"Ceth, shut up."
"Now we just have to tell your parents. They'll probably take it better than Guadalupe though. So the hard part is over!"
"Isn't the hard part getting started in a new town?"
Ceth grins. "No, that's the fun part."
"Both of my babies out of the house?" Lucida is shocked and sad at first, but quickly turns supportive. She is proud of her sons' bravery and independence.
The parents are happy about the younger generation sticking together, as well. They give them as much money to get started as they can... which isn't very much, considering most of the family wealth is tied up in material assets and is not liquid funds.
The goodbye is bittersweet. Generation 4 prepares to take the train outta here.
Milo finally leaves the nursery behind.
Etc.: It's underwhelming to do Showtime careers without the appropriate venues. So while Lucida got shafted with only two potential (low paying) gig spots, Starlight Shores is the town that came with SHT and should provide Ceth with everything her career needs.
I also need new genetics injected into my legacy before Monte Vista becomes an inbred tangle, so, sending one generation to Starlight Shores doubles as a pretty-sim-search mission. I intend to kidnap some and bring them back. Woo!
I've never played in Starlight Shores for more than five minutes before, so this will be exciting?
I'm searching for lots that fit with Starlight Shores as well, if anybody knows of any. The problem with pretty much every town is it's crummy for any content it was not released alongside.