Poor Adam is so neglected by me. His aspiration is Whiz Kid, so I barely focus on his social, so he doesn’t have any friends and he sits upstairs in his room all the time playing with his science lab. I decided to make him a club to give him a boost towards his mental skill.
These are all the kids he knows. I think they may be all the kids in my world? The story progression is a little weird, and I’m still not sure how MCCC actually works. Adam looks happy anyway.
He jumps on the chess table with his friend, and Fallon watches them play. Bjorn is also slightly off camera. He stood there forever while I let my kids take up the space, and finally I told him to get out. I need to figure out what’s going on with NPCs in this save. Every single time I go somewhere with an NPC, they start jogging, which is very annoying.
Fallon sits down with Adam and they start to play. The two of them get along pretty well. I need to invest more time in their friendship meter.
Adam is pretty focused though. There is a decent chance he’ll be going into the scientist career in the future. He’s so single minded.
But homework and chess isn’t the only thing that interests Adam. When that Sims 4 sale was going on, I went ahead and purchased the Kids Room Stuff pack and finally got to try out voidcritters for myself. Since I started this after that purchase, I actually get to figure out what to do with it. So I started Adam a second club.
All of the same kids (again, I think they may be the only ones in this world right now) meet up at Adam’s house to play voidcritters together!
Adam’s fairly good at it, despite investing no time in his cards. His dad bought him a few booster packs to start out on, since Adam doesn’t really want to dig through trash. Luckily all his friends also have cards to play with.
Though only two can play at a time. I may have to build these kids an arcade…
Rosemary, of course, spends her nights out with her club. Purchasing the rally the troops interaction is a major help with that. She does have to get to level 10 mischief before her birthday, and I think the easiest way to do that is to have her sit down at a computer and troll the forums all night.
It’s not the most exciting. Her club gets a little anxious too, and for some reason tonight there was no one else in the library. Did they scare everyone else away?
Wolfgang gets in on the action too. Normally they break every other computer in the place, but they left these up. Maybe they’re too antsy, because in a minute, a fight breaks out.
Rosemary had been attempting to rally the troops when she saw the dust cloud. To her horror, her boyfriend looks to be the instigator, and he has poor Billie in a headlock.
Everyone rushes out of their seats to get a better look. Max doesn’t play fair, but Billie’s no slouch.
She gets him back as much as she can. Unfortunately it’s not enough.
Max emerges victorious. Billie’s dazed. Max goes to brag to his friends, and Billie sits down after all that.
Rosemary checks on her club member. To her credit, Billie doesn’t look that mad. Rosemary doesn’t want to play favorites, and part of the club rules is to do mischief on others, not on themselves.
Billie doesn’t indicate that she feels any rules were broken. Sometimes you just fight in a library. It’s just what happens.
Rosemary at least tries to get Max to apologize. She calls him over and asks him to try and fix things up with Billie.
She laughs as he begs for forgiveness. Oh, Billie. You’re such a strange character in this play.
She does forgive him, at least it seems like. They don’t share anymore mean interactions, so I’ll assume this worked.
The kids aren’t the only ones going out into the world. Roman finds himself suddenly alone, with few friends, and with no one to talk to. I’d planned to have this story start primarily in Willow Creek and then expand out, but Roman calls up the Avant Gardes, and they ask him to meet in Windenburg.
Roman’s a little nervous being around a new group, especially because they seem so young and trendy. Not that he’s old, but he’s never been anything but a dad.
He explains this to Gunther, who looks uncertain how to console someone in this situation. The best he can do, Gunther thinks, is offer him a place in this club. After all, Roman’ll fit right in.
Roman goes straight to the small blocky computer and continues his work. He’s pouring his heart and soul into the Lost Lenore. He wants it to be good.
Club activities go on around him. He doesn’t notice.
Yuki sits on the table beside him, setting down her coffee cup and mystery novel. She glances at him as she sits.
“You look pretty serious,” she says.
There are very few times in Roman’s life where someone told him he looked serious. He wonders how old he looks to young Yuki, especially as he pours over the pages of his heartbreaking novel.
“I’m working on something,” he says, trying to smile at her. “It’s personal.”
She nods as though she understands. “I figured. Gunther always says he’s working on his memoirs, and I’m like, of what?”
He laughs a little at that. “You don’t write?”
She offers a shrug. “A couple of fanfics, little pieces of things. I like reading a whole lot though. And my real passion is video games.”
“I’m at a loss for those,” he says. “Maybe you can share some with me.”
Yuki smiles. “Don’t get me started.”
Eventually the day drags on, and Roman picks himself up and gets some food and a coffee from the cafe.
The barista girl is cute and smiles at him as she hands him his scone.
People are gathered around, talking and laughing with each other as they share their own snacks. A few of them wave at Roman, but he declines, choosing instead to sit at the window with his snack.
He watches the town center as he chews thoughtfully. He doesn’t feel so lonely, not here, and writing somewhere else has helped the story breathe. He thinks about the people he’s met today, the stories they probably have. He’d love to write about them.