Good Night, Sweet Hat (Part II)

Franchesca Diaries

Day 7, Sunday, 9:38 PM

I think my parents have lost their minds. Seriously! I went downstairs to get a glass of water, and they were kissing — and I mean full-on MAKING OUT — with the baby just lying there on the kitchen floor like yesterday’s edition of the Riverblossom Hills Gazette.


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Poor Weezy. She wasn’t crying, but how could my parents just leave her there like that while they smooch away? I’ve never known them to be so negligent (ooh, big word). Wait, let me rephrase that — I’ve never known MOM to be so negligent. Dad, of course, is the very definition of the word. I guess he’s pullling mom down into the abyss of lameness with him.

I scooped up poor Weezy and said, “Uh…hey?”

Mom had the grace to look embarrassed, but Dad just grinned at me.

“Hiya, Fran!” he said, then glanced at the baby. “How’s my little Weezy-weezy-weezy-woo?”

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Ugh! I hate it when he acts like he’s Dad of the Year. I wonder if he talked to me like that when I was a baby? Franny-wanny-wanny-woo! He probably did. It’s a wonder any of us turned out halfways normal.

Anyway, I should finish telling you about my day (before anything else weird happens).

After I bought the gnome for Bernie’s birthday, I decided to mosey on over to the record store. You know, just for kicks. I thought they might have some Llama Mama merch on sale or something. A tee-shirt, perhaps.

In other words, my desire to go there had nothing to do with the fact that Joel was working. No, really! I’m innocent, I tell you!

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Some obnoxious techno music was blasting when I went in. A couple of people browsed the record stacks (real records…how awesomely vintage!) but otherwise the place was pretty dead.

I had one of those weird feelings – do you ever get those? You know, when you’re nervous and terrified and excited all at once? I felt like Taz was doing kung fu inside my stomach. What was causing it, I had no idea. But it was freaking me out.

I was about to turn around and leave the store when something large and fuzzy leaped out of nowhere, shouted “FRAN!” and nearly squeezed the life out of me.

Aside from the alarming lack of oxygen, it was the happiest moment of my life.

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I’ve never been hugged like that. Ever. I wanted it to last a kajillion years. I know, I know, I’m probably killing you guys with all of this gooey lovey dovey crap, but I just can’t help yapping about it. I mean, who else am I going to talk to about this stuff? Elvis’s apple tree?

Joel let me go (darnit) and said he almost didn’t recognize me with the haircut. I’m almost positive I was about to say something incredibly charming and witty when we were interrupted by Joel’s boss, Dwayne.

“This your new girlfriend, Joel?” he said, sounding a little ticked off.

Joel sputtered. “Uh. Well. She’s…uh…just a friend…uh…but…uh…sorry I was…uh…”

I tried to help his cause by being my usual winning self.

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Dwayne raised an eyebrow at me, then turned his attention back to Joel. “Well, in the future, try to keep it cool, OK? I’m gonna go across the street for coffee, so I want you guys to –”

BAM! For the second time today someone appeared out of nowhere and grabbed me like I was nothing but a floppy teddy bear. Only this time I didn’t get a hug. I got a NOOGIE. And not a very nice noogie, either.

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In fact, of all the noogies I’ve received in my lifetime, this one has to be the worst. And I’m including the eleventy-thousand times Rico tried to drill a hole in my head with his knuckles.

“OW!” I cried. My assailant let go of me, and I clutched my head in shock. “That really hurt! What the heck?”

I was staring at a creature of the night. You know…Goth meets punk meets drooling undead brain-eater. But pretty.

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“Do I know you?” I asked. She looked vaguely familiar, but I was drawing a blank.

Freaky Undead Girl circled around me and glared at me with such hatred that I didn’t know whether to laugh my head off or curl up into a fetal position and sob quietly. I looked to Joel for help, but he and Dwayne had ventured to the other side of the room.

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26 thoughts on “Good Night, Sweet Hat (Part II)

  1. Oooh! A Fran update! I do just love this story, Jen! Great work, as usual! I can’t wait to see more of Rayna!

  2. Frack! And awesome deathray glares from Rayna while Fran and Joel walk up the stairs! And and and and GLEEE! :D :D :D
    I really like your photos. They seem a bit more animated than usual, usually I just go ‘oooooh, pretty! *.*’ and get all starry eyed, but this time it was half that and half feeling like I was watching stills from a tv series. I like it!
    In other news, you can expect an update on my page soon. Like, a real one. With pictchas. :D

  3. The perfect thing to break up my homework. A Fran update! Loved this edition. Rayna is so evil! I mean, in a freaky clingy girl kinda way. I love the record store, did you design it yourself Jen? I’m guessing you did because its pretty darn awesome.

    Anyways, thanks for the great update! I can’t wait for the next time we hear from Fran! :D

  4. I love reading about Fran’s teen life it’s too cute how she expresses herself and that girl Rayna and her death ray look – funny

  5. YAY!! I love Fran. She is so funny & sarcastic, she reminds me of me, lol. Thanks for the update, Jen!

  6. Oh, where to start?

    I guess I’ll start with the beggining :D. I’ve been a secret fan of your blog for 10 months and I absolutely love your stories.

    Heh, Rayna and Joel remind me of myself and my best friend lol. But I like to think I’m not that evil. :P
    Fran is absolutely…different and funny, not the cliche teenage girl.
    Can’t wait for the next update!

  7. Hi. great update Jen!. aww fancy leaving wezzy on the floorunless she got that weird seasons bug while the babies cry at radom but when that happens with mine I put them on a rug not on a cold hard floor!.

    It looks Fran might have a rival to Joel’s affections I hope Fran wins!.

    Keep Simming!.

    See ya.

  8. wow! That was like totally awsome jen! cant wait for more now!!!!! are you gonna write stories to go with the new annabel island. I hope so. i really like you idea of fran.Its just a normal lifestyle that alot of sims would lead but you make it so much more! i love your stories!

    And i think im going mad. I came home from school so i thought id check your site and emagen my exitment when theres a update! lol xx

  9. Fran is so funny, but Rayna was gorgeous! I love the store you made it yourself Jen, didn’t you? Great update!

  10. I was so happy to see an update for Fran. I love her,,,and her family’s cool too. And I love that record store. I wanted to know how you got the writing on the awning?

  11. Hallelujah! I missed old Franny. Jeez, that Rayna is a real…well, I could call her a couple of names that were not the most apropriate but i try to keep my comments at PG…unless of course, I’m commenting Mao. ;) Great job!

  12. Hey Jen,

    Great update! Rayna is HOT!

    I missed Fran, glad to see she’s still puttering around in your brain.

  13. Wow.

    I mean – just wow.

    Writing blogs should totally be your day job- we’d get to read more stories! But wait, then we’d have to pay. Never mind.

    But that was amazing. I love Rayna. She just looks so cool. But whats her problem? I mean a guy can have more than one friend, right? I think she’s a *cough* jealous lover *cough*.

    I have the weirdest glitch with this sim. Her mood and aspiration don’t decay any more. It will decay if, say she worked out she will get stinky, and her aspiration will go down if she accomplishes a fear, but no natural decay. She lives with 3 other sims, and all their needs decay naturally. Weird.

  14. wow! Are you serious? 2 girls fighting over Joel’s attention, interesting. Well, see how this plays into the whole story…err I mean blog. But I just love Fran updates. Keep ’em coming. =)

  15. I love Fran’s point of view. You nail her teenaged dialogue. “Vulcan death noogie” and “deathray glare”. *giggle*

    Rayna does sound like a jealous girlfriend.

  16. Reagan: GO FRAN!!!
    Rose: BOO RAYNA!!!
    Reagan: GREAT update!!!
    Rose: More Please!!
    Together: YAY JEN!!!!

  17. Just letting you know that I’ve uploaded a teaser ‘splash screen’ for my upcoming updates on my site. :D

  18. The pictures are amazing, as usual. Rayna’s gorgeous! Sorry I can’t write more, I’m super busy. Just wanted to let you know I’m still reading!

  19. Hey. I just started reading the site, I know, pretty lame way to start, and I just wanted to say I loved this entry! It was so great! I love your style of writing! Are you an author of any novels? You really are a great writer.

  20. The hair rules. That’s all there is to it. And if Rayna LIKE Joel, she should just stop beating around the bush and ask him out. Otherwise, the dude is fair game. Would Franchesca REALLY still like Joel if he had piercings and some tattoos?

    This was a really good episode. I just love how your images are always so clear and crisp!


  21. Hey guys, thanks so much for all of the comments. I really appreciate them. And sorry for the delay in answering questions! Here goes…

    Teckno102 & Josh – Yep, I created the record store, with help from some awesome CC (record stacks from N99 Forum Paks and posters from MTS2). Glad you liked it!

    Jo – Welcome to the site! Thanks for your comment. :-) I’m so glad you can relate to my characters.

    yaz – I am hoping to write stories or at least gameplay commentary on Annabel Island at some point…it might be awhile yet since I’m still building stuff for it!

    Rome – Hi there! I used Photoshop to put the writing on the awning.

    Sammi – Welcome to the site, and thanks so much for your comment. It made my day! And no, I haven’t published any novels. I lack the self-discipline to work on the same story for that long. ;) That’s why these short blog stories are so nice to do. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them!