Surf’s Up

The next day Mr. Walters called Marcel and told him he would accept Ruby and Ginger into his school. Whoops and cheers went up all around Niadon, and by the next Monday Ruby and her little cousin Ginger were attired in their smart school uniforms and on their way to Mt. Geneva Academy.

Ginger on the bus
“Thank you, hot tub!”

Once Marcel had gotten the girls into private school, he was once again at a loss for things to do. He no longer had the patience to write novels, so he helped around the house or played darts, his new favorite game. In the meantime, Thomas had decided to follow in Marcel’s footsteps and max his skills, too. At all hours he could be found donning the strange knowledge enhancement helmet and playing piano or chess.

Thomas plays chess
“Marcel, does it ever strike as you as a bit odd that we’re always playing games by ourselves?”

Sierra had a theory about Thomas maxing his skills – she figured he was nearing the last years of his life, and he was trying to cram everything in before he departed. Realizing she might not have much time left with her beloved, Sierra decided to do something she should have done long ago: she broke up with Sheldon once and for all. This time she wouldn’t let him fight it – she insulted him so terribly that it overpowered him.

Sierra insults Sheldon
“Thou dissembling earth-vexing dewberry! Fie on thee!”

With a final stamp of her feet, Sierra flung her engagement ring at Sheldon. He didn’t stoop to pick it up, but merely turned away and started crying. Feeling suddenly liberated, Sierra whipped out her MP3 player and started jamming.

Sierra jams
“Since you’ve been gone…I can breathe for the first time…”

Now that she had finally gotten Sheldon break up with her, Sierra was free to marry Thomas. They held a lovely little ceremony in the gardens before Niadon II. The whole Shanley family attended, dressed in their most elegant finery.

The family attends the wedding
“Hey Juan, aren’t you supposed to be hunched over to the side and moaning?”

Sierra promised to love Thomas forever, even if he became a ghost and started freaking her out in the middle of the night.

Making vows
“And I promise to love and adore you, Sierra, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my skill-building.”

After the wedding, Thomas went back to frantically working on his skills, while Marcel and Mia decided to spend more time with their family. For Mia, this meant retiring from her career as a superhero and passing along the torch to Amadeo, her sidekick. The Grammanator was no more.

Freed from her responsibility to save the world, Mia was finally able to relax and enjoy life at Niadon II to the fullest.

Mia busts a move
*Mia busts a move*

Her granddaughter Ruby, who was very interested in making money, spent hours on the computer looking for the perfect afterschool job.

Ruby searches for a job
“Minimum salary: §1200 a day. Willing to work 8 days a week.”

Ruby was disappointed to learn that she would be lucky to make §60 a day, but figuring it was better than nothing, she took the job that promised to pay big eventually: Waterboy for the Mt. Geneva Llamas kickball team. The ambitious young woman worked so tirelessly at keeping the kickball players’ thirsts quenched that she was quickly promoted to Locker Room Attendant, followed by Team Mascot. That’s right, Ruby followed in the footsteps of her Grandpa Marcel and became a llamahead.

Ruby in her llama suit
“Think the llama…breathe the llama…BE THE LLAMA!”

Around the same time, her dad was promoted to Team Mascot for the Mt. Geneva Llamas badminton team. He wasn’t crazy about the suit (he had always made fun of Marcel in his llama costume), but he figured it was better than sitting at home all day thinking of brains.

Juan as a llamahead

With all of the llamas running around, the Shanleys went through a revival of school spirit. Marcel and Delaney tried to see if they could remember the school cheer, and although Marcel forgot some of the words, he shouted them with enthusiasm.

Marcel and Delaney cheer
“Gerbits, Lerbits, Dooooo Verbits!”

Marcel’s forgetfulness had been growing worse since he had maxed all of his skills, and though he seemed perfectly content to putter around the house, the rest of the family worried about him. Mia was especially disturbed when Marcel leaned in to kiss her and whispered, “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life.”

Marcel kisses Mia
*cue violins, fireworks, smooch noises*

“But Marcel,” said Mia after the kiss, “We’ve been married for years. We’ve had two kids. We had woohoo in college, for goodness’ sake! We’ve kissed a thousand times!”

Marcel just shrugged and wandered off, whistling the school cheer.

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12 thoughts on “Surf’s Up

  1. Jen, what a wonderful update! I can’t believe that so many sims passed away! And Niadon II is so beautiful! I especially love the picture of Sierra and Thomas’ wedding. It’s brilliant! I look forward to your future updates, for sure! Great work!

  2. Woooooooo! :D Suspense! Drama! Thrilling action! ZOMBIES!
    And romance. The ‘First Kiss’ thing made me squeal. ;)

  3. (I wrote this comment in notepad as I read the entry, so, er, if anything seems a little out of place in comparison to what happened later… just blame something.)
    “Apparently one of the Goobis had been possessed by the spirit of Godzilla and was rampaging through the village”
    XD Oh, man. The spirit… of Godzilla. That’d be kind of cool! Just like *RAAWR. IMMA EATCHOO. And save the environment!* Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Godzilla movie from start to finish, but I have watched a Mothra movie. I wonder… is he in a suit of himself?
    I never thought about how Sims just “happen” to be wearing their swimsuits when they visit. I say they /know/ about the stuff, and are just trying to take advantage of the water.

    The “I should marry a Shanley someday” line is foreboding, if you ask me. >_>

    But the shot of Sierra doing a little dance with her ex being all sad is funny. In a sad way. But, spork, that doesn’t stop me. >_>;
    The wedding looks like it was lovely, though. Man, I love that fountain. I need to find one to put in my Sims’ backyards. *makes a note to go through Modthesims2* Furnitureeee.

    Mia’s move-busting face looks silly. XD It was odd, though. I read that line when I was turning on a song from a Bust-a-Move game. (Not the Bubble Bobble one, the one with dancing. And Kitty-N. Woo.) But the Grammanator (she’ll always be the Grammanator in our hearts. *teartear*) is kickin’ it, yo! :D

    XD I do wonder how the teams feel about having a zombie mascot. I guess it’s like saying “our spirit lasts even in the afterlife!”?

    Wow. How odd. I’ve had a sim who WooHoo’d before he had his first kiss, before (he didn’t have a Want for it by the time he got a girlfriend *shrug*), but… it’s really odd, that he forgot that. Man. I hope he doesn’t have SimAlzheimers. >_<

    It’s always kind of sad (for me, anyway) when a Legacy founder dies. But, man, I don’t know how I could take three sims dying all at once. (Marcel and the mozzerela sticks did make me hungry, though. >_>)
    Man. I wonder if Sierra’s ever going to like Juan, anyway? Probably not. Ah, well. Do Zombies live forever, though? Unless they die by fire, or something. Just curious.

  4. Yay, a new update on the Shanleys! Juan is hilarious if you ask me, Ive never had a zombie in my game before.
    So many deaths and widows, but then, if you marry an old NPC, that’s what you get I guess :D lol

    Hope to see more soon, and maybe a Brayton update too? :P


  5. I love the humor of the shanley updates. I’m sad to see three of them go so swiftly. Did anyone in the house have a breakdown because of all the death? Also, I can’t get over how Juan looks in a thought bubble. My kids and I laughed for sometime upon seeing that again. Thanks!

  6. So Ruby ended up as a fortune sim! I think that Thomas and Marcel were knowledge and Mia was family but I can’t remember Juan, Delaney or Sierra. Are they popularity? That’s what they seem like to me. The blonde streak is over! At least for this generation. So which line is going to continue the legacy? Will it be Ruby or Ginger? And who is the current legacy holder? Delaney or Sierra? That’s all.

  7. Nevermind! Delaney and Sierra are both Sierra but I still can’t think of Juan’s aspiration!

  8. Wow. Great update Jen. So many deaths but atleast they all died in platnum good work with that. The kids seem to be doing well too. :)

  9. Hehe, I liked the update, though I must say Juan is beginning to annoy me. Zombies. hmph. But that’s just me…otherwise, keep up the awesome work! I was just wondering if you’re planning to do a Brayton update soon?

  10. Hey guys, thanks for the comments! (Or in the case of Blu, thanks for the novel! ;-))

    Blu – Your comments made me laugh out loud a few times. :-) As for zombies, apparently they do live forever — that is, they don’t age — but they can be killed by electrocution, starvation, drowning, etc. And yeah, Sierra hates Juan, but only in my story — in the game they’re friends. Mia really did hate Juan, though — when she passed on, her relationship with him was in the negative. He picked on her a lot.

    lil – I’m surprised no one in the house had a breakdown with all of the deaths — no one had fears of their loved ones dying! It was weird.

    Nita – Yep, Delaney and Sierra are both Family. Juan is Popularity. Ruby will probably be the one to carry on the Legacy — her stats are better than Ginger’s (though both have a Niceness of 9, which is…nice!). That would make Delaney the 2nd gen Legacy heir. Or 11th gen, if you include the original Shanley Legacy.

    For those of you who are wondering about the next Brayton update, I’m going to write a blog entry addressing that very question.

  11. Yeah in my last comment I said “Delaney and Sierra are both Sierra” but I meant to say family. I hate it when I mess up like that. Sorry to distract you from your blogging!