Carlos, Lela, Milo, Ceth and Dysen arrive safely in Monte Vista.
Lucida's first concern is her sons' teeth. Have they been taken care of properly?
(Yes, of course.)
Izalee has transitioned to elder phase.
She kisses Ceth on the cheek and asks about her recent adventures.
After breaking the news about where the rest of the kids are, Ceth just wants to chill out with some juice pong.
Izalee doesn't understand the appeal.
The Goldbeard home is technically big enough to house another four adults, five cats and a teenager, but Carlos doesn't want to disrupt his parents' lives by rearranging all their stuff to accommodate that, so he purchases an old farm house on the edge of town.
It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge kitchen, a small barn, and plenty of common space, so it's exactly enough room for everyone.
The home is typical of Monte Vista styles, and came furnished with a few basics.
"I know it's not what you're used to," Carlos apologizes, "but we'll make it feel like home. You'll see."
"It's perfect, Carlos... all I care about is that we're together."
The family wastes no time filling the new house up with their old junk.
Plus some new junk.
Objects have to be upgraded.
Walls have to be beautified.
Gnomes Fan territory has to be marked.
Lots of settling in to do.
Even after unpacking his stuff and throwing his old posters on the wall, Dysen feels like his bedroom is eerily empty and quiet.
They gave him the one with purple floral wallpaper, because purple is his favorite color.
It's... not really his style though.
Dysen looks out his window and sees fields and trees. Endless. Picturesque.
No cars honking, no waves crashing against the ocean, no obnoxious beach parties or neighbors screaming at each other across the street. Just silence.
Every once in a while birds chirping, or a rainstorm or something... but mostly, silence.
Dysen feels like his family moved onto a horror movie set.
"What's the matter, puppy?"
"Don't call me that..."
"What makes you think something's the matter? Everything's fine."
"A mother just knows."
"I don't want to cause any drama."
"You don't like it here," Lela realizes.
"It's... it's boring. My classmates are all idiots who make fun of my accent. Everything is dead quiet. There's nothing to do."
"You'll find a way to make your own fun," Lela reassures him. "I think I know why you're blue. You miss your cousins. Your little pack was always around you, making noise and trouble."
Dysen wonders if she has a point. Maybe he's lonely. He won't ever admit to that, though, so he shrugs at his mother and goes back to concentrating on his homework.
At least he still has Molly. She's not doing any better with their classmates.
They visit a local restaurant for a romantic lasagna dinner.
"It's veggie lasagna, so no embarrassing throwing up on this date."
"You're trying to change your accent to talk like them," Molly notices. "Why?"
"I'm improving my charisma skill. Don't question it."
"I think you should be yourself."
"I am being myself. I need to network."
After lasagna, they head upstairs to mess with the arcade machines.
Molly's father, Seth, is pretending to supervise/spy on the date, but he's clearly more interested in Night of the Shambling Shades IV. He doesn't say a single word to the teens.
"Come by the house tomorrow? You'll be impressed with the wide open spaces." Dysen has already seen the small cottage Molly's family now resides in.
"Sounds good. I could use some room to breathe."
"Just don't judge me for the tacky wallpaper. I'm not allowed to rip it down."
"Tacky is one word for this town. Would you look at this place? You can't just shove a bunch of game cabinets in an attic and call it an arcade. And I'm sitting on a barrel."
"It's not that bad, Molly. It has a rich artistic history or whatever."
Molly scoffs. "I bet Overdressed Owl didn't expect to be where he is right now in life either."
Despite insulting the poor arcade, which was only added by the restaurant owners to try to bring happiness to patrons' lives, Dysen and Molly try out most of the machines.
"Ugh, clowns are bad enough on their own, but now they're vampire clowns?"
The date ends poetically on Dysen vomiting up a candy bar from one of the vending machines.
The next morning, Milo is up at dawn to badger Dysen while he waits for the school bus. "Catch!"
"Ow! This isn't exactly fair, Uncle Milo!"
"Just pick it up and throw it back."
"Your mom said you might be having trouble in school."
"I make straight A's."
"Well, not that kind of trouble. You're not Acheron."
"It's fine. I don't need a pep talk. I can deal with it."
"I'm here for you if you ever need to talk, Dyse."
"But hey, isn't this place amazing? The pleasant smell in the air alone is worth it."
Dysen grunts, finally managing to catch the ball. "Huh? Sure I guess it's nice in a way."
"We'll have to go out hunting as a pack sometime. Oh, hey, you caught it!"
"You're getting older and slower, Uncle Milo!"
Etc.: Okay, Dysen didn't age up this chapter. Maybe next chapter.
Initially I was going to have the family move back into the old house (with Lucida, Ben, and Izalee), but I'm tired of playing an overstuffed household so this happened instead.
If you're curious about what I did with the rest of Monte Vista's population... I aged up everyone to the ages they would have been if I'd have been playing that town all this time, and paired up the sims in Carlos and Milo's age range so I could make them have children that are Dysen's age now.
I also took the opportunity to save several of Ben's relatives to the bin and remove them from the town. I'll drop them in other saves someday, if I ever get around to it.
Finally, I moved in sims from Starlight Shores (including Molly and her parents), and also dropped in a few from Midnight Hollow that I will pretend were living in Starlight Shores. I'm never going to play in that damn town, because it's too dark to see anything, so. It was a good target for pillaging.