Last we left the Shanley family, the 8th gen heir Lennan was trying desperately to receive his first kiss from Demi Love, the policewoman. Unfortunately Demi wasn’t having any of it, which caused Lennan to have a nervous breakdown. The Sim Shrink set everything to rights, and by the next morning Lennan was ready to try again. He invited Demi over and flirted with her shamelessly in the front yard. After some backrubs and romantic hugs, he decided the time was right for their first kiss. He leaned in, but she turned away just like before. Did he have bad breath or something?
Oh well, he could only keep trying. He invited Demi into the tub o’ love thinking the warm bubbles might help her relax and make her more receptive to some kissing. It seemed to work at first — Lennan was able to pull her close for some cuddling, but he just couldn’t work up the courage to try a kiss again. Her rejections were still too fresh in his mind. Losing his nerve, he climbed out of the hot tub and stood behind Demi, crying silently. Why was this so difficult for him?
“I just…can’t…do it! *whimper sob sniff*”
Without saying anything, Lennan slipped back into the house and changed out of his swimsuit. Why was he so upset over Demi’s rejection? Maybe she just wasn’t right for him. Maybe someone else would be a better match. While Lennan pondered that possibility, he watched the SimStationDance channel with his half-sister Cleo. He was still lost in thought when Demi entered the room and walked up to him.
“Where did you go, Len? I was waiting for you.” She looked at him expectantly, the corners of her mouth turned up in a slight smile. Lennan gulped. Was he imagining it, or did she want him to kiss her? What had changed her mind? Had the soothing power of the Love Tub worked its magic?
Lennan stood up and wrapped his arms around Demi. This time she didn’t turn away.
“Oh boy, here we go…”
The next day Lennan invited Demi over for lunch. After a hearty meal of chili con carne, the two lovebirds watched TV together for a few hours. “I have to go,” Demi said after awhile, giving Lennan’s hand a squeeze. “See you tomorrow?”
“I hope so,” said Lennan, lovestruck. “I’ll walk you out.”
They left the study and headed out into the foyer of Shanley Manor. As Demi turned to hug Lennan goodbye, Lennan sank down onto one knee. He grinned as he presented her with a black velvet box. Demi opened it and gasped, excited to see the sparkling diamond ring inside. She had never thought anyone would want to marry her — she was so painfully shy and geeky.
Demi slid the ring onto her finger and admired the way it glimmered in the candlelight.
“Ooh, can I keep it even if I say ‘no’?”
Lennan was ecstatic to hear Demi say “yes” to his proposal. He ran right out to where Cleo was playing piano and swept her into a hug. “I’m getting married!” he cried.
“When?” Cleo asked, laughing.
“Isn’t that a little quick? You just got engaged!”
“We have to get married before I change mind.” Lennan winked at Cleo and ran off to find his tuxedo. Cleo just shook her head and went back to playing piano.
That night everyone gathered in the family chapel for the wedding ceremony. Demi and Lennan sealed their vows with a kiss while the rest of the Shanleys applauded.
Since the wedding happened so unexpectedly, there was no reception afterwards. After congratulating the happy couple, everyone went about their business. Demi and Lennan made their way upstairs and relaxed on the bed for awhile, talking about the wedding and what their future together would hold.
“I can keep wearing the ring with the big rock on it, right?”
Eventually the talking led to snuggling, which led to the traditional wedding night hanky panky, also known as “baby makin'” or “woohoo”. Lennan knew his parents were counting on him to provide an heir for the family legacy, so he didn’t waste any time.
As night faded into morning, Demi arose early and spent a good hour or so in the bathroom lightening her hair. It was a whim, pure and simple — she felt like a new woman and thought she should look like one, too. When she went back to the bedroom, she found Lennan awake and making the bed.
“So what do you think?” she asked, striking a pose.
Lennan glanced up. “What?”
Demi sighed. “Don’t you notice anything different?”
“Yeah, you look…married.” Lennan smiled.
“Oh, you’re hopeless,” Demi said, turning away from him to look in the full-length mirror. Even if Lennan didn’t notice the difference, she was pleased with her new look. There was a twinkle in her eye that she hadn’t seen before…
“He may be clueless, but at least he makes the bed.”
Within a day, the twinkle in Demi’s eye had turned into a bulge in her belly. She called her boss at the hospital where she worked and told them she was going to take a few days off. She spent most of that time meditating and resting in the nursery, saving all of her energy for the birth of the baby.
“Hey, this isn’t so bad…”
The day the baby was born, Lennan was at his new job and everyone else was busy working on their skills. Demi wished she could be working on her skills with the rest of the family, but she knew she had to wait until the baby was older. Nothing was more important than making sure her child had good start in life.
Demi gave birth to a baby boy she named Kyle (suggested by Mieko and Lauren). He had blonde hair and brown eyes, just like her, but he seemed to have his father’s nose and mouth.
“He’s like a mini-version of me!”
When Lennan came home from work to find his new son lying in his crib, he was overjoyed. 9th generation of the Shanley family had finally been born. He hadn’t messed it up! Now he could rest easy, work on his career, and try to ignore his desire to flirt with other women…
(NOTE: I’ll go back to my usual commentary for the next post, which should be up soon since I’ve already taken the pictures. I just did a short update for now because it’s so darned late already. I’m so relieved 9th generation has been born…now I just have to grow him up, get him married, and get him to make a baby. Once that baby is born, I’ll be done with the Challenge. I hope I make it!)