Chapter 2.26 The Edge of Darkness

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Stella examined her surroundings. It was dark, very very dark. Everything was all black. The only source of light was a mysterious green glow off somewhere in the distance. There was a thick fog starting to surround her. Stella knew she wasn’t safe just standing there. She knew she had to get away. But where would she go? There was nothing but darkness and that haunting green glow that seemed to follow Stella wherever she went. In the distance she heard a faint cry, but this wasn’t just anyone crying. Stella’s stomach dropped when she heard her baby cry.

They were only a few days old, but Stella immediately recognized the sound of Lincoln’s cry. Like a cheetah Stella took off running desperately trying to find her son. But no matter how hard she ran, she couldn’t find him.

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Stella stopped to catch her breathe when she heard Autumn cry out. Stella felt like she was running in circles. Now matter how far or how fast she sprinted Stella was going nowhere. And that damn green glowing light seemed to taunt her.

The fog was growing thicker, yet Stella still ran. The green light glowed brighter, yet Stella still ran. Her babies’ cries grew louder, and she ran even faster. A sense of hopeless fell over Stella thicker than fog surrounding her. The fog has gotten so thick that now it was hard to breathe. Panting turned into hyperventilating as she desperately grasped for air. Stella fell to the floor in a coughing fit. As she laid on the floor, struggling for air, the sounds of her babies’ crying was replaced with laughter. No, not really a laugh. It was more like a cackle. The most evil sound Stella had ever heard. A cackle filled with all the evil and hatred in the world. Before Stella took her last breathe, a single word escaped her chapped lips: Maleficent.

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Like a bolt of lightning, Stella shot up in her bed. She looked around the room, assessing where she was. She was in the hospital bed with Brandon quietly asleep in the chair next to her. Stella came to the realization that it was all just a terrible nightmare. The fog wasn’t real. The sound of her babies crying wasn’t real. Or was it?!

Maleficent’s demonic laugh was too frightening, and all too real, that Stella still had goose bumps. The terror consumed Stella as she had the desperate urge to see her babies.  More than anything she had to make sure that they were okay.

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Stella tried to get out of bed, but the blankets were wrapped around her legs tighter than a sailor’s knot.

“What is gong on?” Brandon woke to the sound of Stella struggling like a trapped rat. She was thrashing so had that Brandon feared Stella may hurt herself.

“I have to see my babies,” Stella desperately cried out. “I need to make sure that they are safe.”

“They are fine.” Brandon gently put his hands on Stella to try to stop her. “Lincoln and Autumn are perfectly safe in the NICU. They are strong, and healthy, and safe, and we are going to be able to take them home very soon.”

“I have to know that my babies are safe,” Stella wouldn’t listen to reason. “”What if Maleficent comes back? We don’t even know where Anastasis is!”

Stella knew that she was being paranoid. She knew each and every doctor or nurse in the NICU and she knew that Lincoln and Autumn were in the best care possible. So, why couldn’t she shake this impending fear that at any moment it would all be taken away?

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Things didn’t get better after everyone was finally able to return home. Even in her own home, surrounded by the family that loves and protects her, Stella couldn’t shake the feelings of fear. Life in the Charming household soon became a coin toss to see which Stella would wake in the morning. Happy Stella was joking, smiling, and eating her meals in the dining room with the rest of her family. She was affectionate towards Brandon. She was welcoming of her family’s visits and Happy Stella was excited to show off Lincoln and Autumn. This was the Stella that everyone was used to seeing.

Depressed Stella was the bipolar opposite. She even looked different. Terror consumed Depressed Stella, taking over every aspect of her life. Depressed Stella still refused to believe that her babies were safe. She wouldn’t let anyone anywhere near her or the babies. She wouldn’t even let Brandon or Cindy set foot in the nursery. This Stella was short tempered and easily angered. Depressed Stella was like a category 5 hurricane spreading chaos in her wake.

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“What do you want?” Stella snapped at Brandon the second he stepped foot in the nursery. Brandon knew instantly that he would be dealing with Depressed Stella this morning. He had to step lightly and choose his words carefully.

“I was just checking to see if you needed anything before I go to work,” Brandon spoke in a loving, calm tone of voice.

“Why would I need anything from you?” Depressed Stella took everything as a personal attack. “I am perfectly capable of taking care of my babies on my own. I don’t want, or need, your help.”

“I was just offering.” Brandon knew that there was no sense is reasoning with Depressed Stella, but he knew deep inside was the happy loving Stella that he married. He was determined to get that Stella back.

“Well, I just said that I don’t need your help.” Stella shouted back at him. “Just go to work, and leave me alone!”

Stella’s yelling woke up Autumn, who immediately started crying for her bottle. Hearing his twin start to cry, Lincoln woke up and began to duet of sobbing.

“Well, this is just great!” Stella’s words were soaked in venom and dropping with sarcasm. “Now look what you have done. Just get out and don’t ever come back!”

Brandon just stood there dumbfounded. Did his wife really just tell him to never come back?! There was nothing more he could do; saying anything in response would have only angered Stella more. So, he just left the nursery in defeat.

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When Depressed Stella was in a rage the only one who seemed to calm her was Cindy. She knew what Stella was going though because she had lived it herself.

“Let me see my beautiful grandbaby.” Cindy cooed as she picked up a crying Lincoln from his crib.

Cindy spoke with a calming tone, that not only stopped Lincoln and Autumn from crying, but had Stella hypnotized as well. Cindy’s words cast some sort of relaxation spell over Stella, and she gave Lincoln over without a fuss.

“Why don’t you go take a hot shower?” Cindy suggested “I can watch these sweet little babies for you.“

Stella snapped out of her exhaustion induced trance long enough to put up a fight, but Cindy wouldn’t back down so easily.

“I am their grandmother,” Cindy made sure her voice remained soft and calm, “I will make sure that they remain safe with me.”

Cindy was hard to argue with, especially since Stella was too exhausted to even try. Like a robot under control, and without saying a word, Stella got up from her rocking chair and headed towards the bathroom to take a long hot shower.

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Stella didn’t say anything to Brandon as she passed him in the kitchen, she just shuffled off like a zombie into the bathroom. He was in shock to see Stella leave the nursery.

“Stella seems to be suffering from postpartum depression.” Cindy explained everything to Brandon. He was desperate to learn Cindy’s secret for calming down an a hysterical Stella. “Plus, she is overcome with the fear that what happened to her as a baby will happen again.”

“What can we do to make her feel better?” Brandon was desperate for answers to find the key to get back his happy go-lucky wife back.

“I went through something very similar when I first lost Stella. There were days when I wouldn’t even get out of bed,” Cindy confessed. It was still very hard for her to talk about it, but if it would Stella then Cindy would share her story. “What helped me was having someone to talk about it.”

“That could work,” Brandon enthused, “When Stella comes out of the shower we should tell her that she should go see a therapist.”

“I’m not sure that will work.” Cindy replied. “When have you ever known Stella to do exactly what you say?”

Brandon smiled since he knew his wife’s stubbornness all too well.

“We need to wait for Stella to come up with the idea on her own.”

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Stella examined herself in the mirror and didn’t recognize the face staring back at her. Her purple hair was a tangled oily mess pulled in a tight ponytail. The bags under her eyes had gotten darker that they almost matched her dark hair. Stella traced the lines and the wrinkles around her face. Her skin was a translucent color, she looked like a ghost. She looked as if she had ages 20 years.

As she showered Stella thought about that had taken place back at the nursery. It was like an out of body experience. She could see herself yelling at Brandon, but Stella couldn’t control herself. The part of her brain urging her to stop was over shadowed by the depressed, scared part that urged her to continue her verbal diarrhea.

It hasn’t been only Brandon that she has hurt. Cindy and Ryan have been so helpful, and in return Stella has treated them like dirt. She pushed away Aunt April, Aunt May, and Aunt June with her nasty attitude and hurtful comments. It had been so long since she had seen Sarah, her suppose to be best friend.

At that moment Stella knew what she had to do. She knew she needed to get some help.

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Mood Board

I have seen so many creative mood boards popping up in my Reader. Some have been color coordinated, some have been artsy, some have been literal. Each one of them have hit their characters personalities perfectly. I hope these can live up to the mood boards that have come before me. A big shout out goes to loladiamond01 for tagging me. She has such a keen grasp of her character’s distinctive personalities and who that person truly is or was.

For my Mood Boards I want to focus on different characters from the OC Tag. I combined April, May & June into one board because all three of them have distinctive personalities, but they all play off of each other so well.

Brandon:

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Anastasis:

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April, May & June:

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OC Tag- Ryan & Maleficent

I have quickly discovered that these extra fun challenges are like potato chips: you can’t stop at just one!  I have already done this challenge with Stella, and I couldn’t end it there.  I feel like Ryan Charming is one of my characters that doesn’t receive much time and attention.  He is Cindy Rella’s Prince Charming, but yet he was sort of a minor character in her story.  Because of the curse he wasn’t around for most of Stella’s story as she grew up.  Hopefully, this challenge will be a way to show him some much deserved love!

And, what kind of a writer would I be if I didn’t include one of my all time most favorite characters: Maleficent?!  Warning, Maleficent has been known to drop the swear bomb a few times so be prepared for those.

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Ryan Charming:

  1. What is your name?​ Ryan Nathaniel Edward Charming at your service.
  2. Do you know why you were named that? ​My father was the Leader of the Free World, and my mother thought that naming me Ryan, which means prince, would be funny.  Both middle names are from my grandfathers.
  3. Single or taken? ​I am happily married to the love of my life.
  4. Stop being a Mary Sue! ​My sincerest apologies.
  5. What’s your eye color? ​Green
  6. How about hair color? ​Black with purple highlights.
  7. Have you any family members? ​I am an only child. I do have an amazing wife, a lovely daughter, a strong son-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren.
  8. Oh, how about pets? ​I have always loved horses, and have owned many horses throughout me entire life.
  9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? People who are fake.
  10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? ​I enjoy horseback riding and just being outside in general.
  11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? ​I hope not.
  12. Ever… killed anyone before? ​Absolutely not.
  13. What kind of animal are you? ​A wild horse. At least I was in my younger days.
  14. Name your worst weaknesses. ​I can be quick to temper.
  15. Do you look up to anyone at all? ​I always looked up to my parents.
  16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? ​straight.
  17. Do you go to school? ​I became a professional racer right out of high school, and I never furthered my education from there.  I have always admired people who pursue intellectual endeavors.  It was just not my plan in life.
  18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day? ​Been there, done that, and loving every minute of it.
  19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys? ​I had a few fans when I was racing. But since retiring the fan mail has stopped.
  20. What are you most afraid of? ​I am afraid that the curse that was cast over Stella will follow her children.
  21. What do you usually wear? ​Whatever is comfortable.
  22. What’s one food that tempts you? ​I love steak, but Cindy says that it is bad for my cholesterol.
  23. Am I annoying you? ​No, this is nice.
  24. Well, it’s not over! ​Fine by me.  I rather enjoy the company.  Since retirement I am finding that I have too much free time on my hands.
  25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? Upper class.
  26. How many friends do you have? ​My wife Cindy is my best friend.
  27. What are your thoughts on pie? ​Only if there is ice cream too. Just don’t tell my wife.  She is always trying to get me to eat more healthy.
  28. Favorite drink? ​Coffee: black
  29. What’s your favorite place? ​An open trail with just me and my horse.
  30. Are you interested in anyone? ​I have only ever had eyes for my beautiful Cindy.
  31. That was a stupid question. ​No don’t say that.  You are doing splendid. You should have more confidence in yourself. You just have to be the best you that you can be!
  32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean? ​Lake.
  33. What’s your type? ​Cindy Rella Charming
  34. Any fetishes? ​A gentleman never tells.
  35. Camping or indoors? ​Camping, of course.

 

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Maleficent Crowe:

  1. What is your name?​ Maleficent Crowe.
  2. Do you know why you were named that? ​No, my parents and I weren’t very close.
  3. Single or taken? ​I am in prison, and I am just going to leave it at that.
  4. Stop being a Mary Sue! ​Hah, you think you can tell me what to do?!?! You are lucky that I can’t use my magic in here!!
  5. What’s your eye color? ​Hazel.
  6. How about hair color? ​Fire red!
  7. Have you any family members? ​I have two children. Oh yeah, and I have a husband that I turned into a dragon after he pissed me off!  I keep forgetting about him.
  8. Oh, how about pets? ​God no!!!
  9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? ​Answering stupid questions!
  10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? ​I used to love showing off my dark magic skills. But in prison I can’t do anything fun like casting curses or turning stupid people into newts.
  11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? ​Did you not hear me just say that I love casting evil spells?
  12. Ever… killed anyone before? ​I shouldn’t admit this, but I am already in prison. What are they going to do; lock me up for another life sentence?! So yes, I have killed lots of people. You should keep that in mind before you ask me another stupid question.
  13. What kind of animal are you? ​A fire breathing dragon!!
  14. Name your worst weaknesses. ​My one weakness is that I can’t properly get you to understand how amazing I truly am!
  15. Do you look up to anyone at all? ​No, why should I?
  16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? ​I am straight, but here in prison I do have needs.
  17. Do you go to school? ​I was self taught.
  18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day? ​Again?!?! God no!!!
  19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys? ​Yes of course. I mean look at me. I am the head bitch in this place!!
  20. What are you most afraid of? ​Nothing.
  21. What do you usually wear? ​I try my best to make this orange jumpsuit look good.
  22. What’s one food that tempts you? ​I have been in here so long that anything other than bread or oatmeal sounds good to me!
  23. Am I annoying you? ​Yes, but I have nothing better to do so I guess we can keep going with your stupid questions.
  24. Well, it’s not over! ​How many more of these useless questions are there?!?!
  25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? I was part of the upper class. God, I loved being rich. I miss having servants and making them do whatever I wanted.  I would order them around making them do the most menial tasks, just because I had the power to do so.  God help them if they stepped out of line!!  I would use my dark magic to cast an evil curse upon their family.  Good times!
  26. How many friends do you have? ​I run this prison yard. Everyone wants to be my friend.  Although in here we don’t really call them “friends”.  They are my bitches.
  27. What are your thoughts on pie? ​I could go for a piece of pie right about now. Especially if it had a magical wand hidden in it. Then I could get out of this hell!!
  28. Favorite drink? ​whiskey, neat.
  29. What’s your favorite place? ​Anywhere but here.
  30. Are you interested in anyone? ​I am interested in anyone who can get me out of this place!
  31. That was a stupid question. ​I couldn’t agree more!  It wouldn’t be the first stupid question, but it better be the last!!
  32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean? ​Eww. Neither.
  33. What’s your type? ​I’m not picky.
  34. Any fetishes? ​In this case S&M doesn’t stand for spaghetti and meatballs.
  35. Camping or indoors? ​Again, neither.
    • Is that it? No more meaningless questions? That wasn’t so bad. But since you are here, I have a list of demands. I need a new blanket, 2 cartons of cigarettes, and I need you to mention that these ugly orange jumpsuits need a makeover. Dark red and black have always been my colors.

 

I won’t go through and nominate more people for this OC Tag.  Just today as I was opening my Reader I saw that the talented loladiamond01 has tagged/tasked me with creating a Mood Board.  She just completed one for her Sam, which can be found here.  This might take some time since I am not sure who to do it on.  I want to use different characters so I am open to hearing any suggestions.

OC Tag- Stella

There is a fun little game going around the Simlit community, and I have been asked to participate by the super talented loladiamond01, writer of Never Do It Again.  I think that most of you are always following her blog, but if you are not then you are seriously missing out.  And Sam’s responses to these questions will have you on the floor laughing!

The rules:

  1. Pick a character you’ve created.
  2. Fill in the questions/statements as if you were that character.
  3. Tag at least four people to do this meme.

I think that I am going to start with my current heir: Stella!

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  1. What is your name? ​Stella Renee Charming. I kept my last name when I got married.
  2. Do you know why you were named that? ​Stella means “night” so it kind of goes with the whole Sleeping Beauty thing.
  3. Single or taken? ​Happily taken!
  4. Stop being a Mary Sue! ​I don’t know what that means, but I’m sorry either way.
  5. What’s your eye color?​ Green
  6. How about hair color? ​Black and purple. Depending on how it is styled it sometimes looks more purple than black.
  7. Have you any family members? ​Oh boy, where do I start? I have a husband, currently 2 children, and my two parents. But I also have three aunts who raised me as part of their own family.
  8. Oh, how about pets? ​Not as of yet.
  9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? I don’t like liars!
  10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?​ I love being outside. Camping, hiking, surfing, or just walking with my husband.
  11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? ​I hope not.
  12. Ever… killed anyone before?​ My goodness, no!
  13. What kind of animal are you? ​I’m a human mammal.
  14. Name your worst weaknesses. ​My stubbornness, and my inability to open up to people.
  15. Do you look up to anyone at all? ​I look up to my three aunts Aunt April, Aunt May, and Aunt June.
  16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? ​ straight.
  17. Do you go to school?​ Not anymore. I went to med school.
  18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day? ​Already married, and I would love to have more kids!
  19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys? ​I’m just a regular pediatrician, I’m not like the doctors on TV. No Dr. McDreamy here.
  20. What are you most afraid of? ​That my children will be cursed like I was.
  21. What do you usually wear? ​When I was younger I had to have the latest fashion, and always in purple. Now that I am older I don’t care about that, I just want to wear something comfortable (but still purple).
  22. What’s one food that tempts you? ​Brandon’s fruit parfait is to die for!
  23. Am I annoying you? ​No, I am actually enjoying this. 🙂
  24. Well, it’s not over! ​Yay!!
  25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? I guess I’m in the upper class, but I don’t like to flaunt it.
  26. How many friends do you have? ​I don’t have a ton of friends, just a few close ones that I can always count on.
  27. What are your thoughts on pie? ​Yes please!!
  28. Favorite drink? ​coffee!
  29. What’s your favorite place? ​Anywhere Brandon is!!
  30. Are you interested in anyone? ​No, I am more than happily married to the love of my life.
  31. That was a stupid question. ​No it wasn’t. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean? ​Both!!
  33. What’s your type?​ Someone who is brave, kind, selfless, and tall and blonde 😉
  34. Any fetishes? ​*blushes* Maybe, but that is between me and my husband.
  35. Camping or indoors? ​Camping under the stars!!

 

I had way too much fun with this, so I plan on creating posts for some other characters.  So, stay tuned for that.  In the meantime I have a few nominees.  I’m not sure who has already been nominated yet, but I would love to know more about these characters:

  1. Adventures through Sims-Lit
  2. AQ Stories
  3. FabTiffSim
  4. Lisabeesims
  5. Kater Creations

Chapter 2.25 Perfection Multiplied

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Once the initial shock of having twins wore off things started to calm down.  Feelings of fear were replaced with feelings of excitement. Stella and Brandon converted the extra bedroom in to a nursery. Everything was bought in sets of two; matching cribs, matching stuffed bears, matching high chairs, and matching onesies.

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The countdown was on, but the closer the due date approached, the weaker Stella felt. Stella couldn’t remember the last time that he was able to see her feet. It took most of her energy to just make it to the kitchen from the bedroom.  Dr. Norris had no choice but to put Stella on bed rest two months earlier than expected.

Stella’s strength began to wane, but her support system never did. Brandon never left her side, except to make her favorite meals and go to work. Stella’s parents took turns playing cards and other board games with her. Her aunts were never too busy to visit. Even Sarah made sure that Stella was caught up on all of the workplace gossip.

“Mike and Elizabeth broke up! Apparently he had been cheating on her, and she called him out on it. In front of everyone.” Sarah made sure that she didn’t omit a single detail. “Even the patients who were sedated at the time heard the two of the fighting.”

Stella laughed too hard that she felt pains on her side.

That’s when the contractions started.

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As a doctor Stella had learned all about contractions in med school. She knew what they were, and what they meant. However, Stella could never have known what they actually felt like until this moment. Still, Stella had a very bad feeling that something wasn’t right.

She felt the blood rushing from her head as she tried to stand up. Stella was having a hard time catching her breathe and began to hyperventilate. She was feeling dizzy, light headed, and would have fallen to the floor if Sarah wasn’t there to catch her.

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Sarah and Ryan helped lead Stella to the car, while Cindy called Brandon and the Seasons.  Brandon arrived at the hospital to find Cindy and Ryan in the waiting room eager to hear the latest from Sarah.

“Stella has had some complications.” Sarah informed them all.  She tried to stay calm and speak slowly, but inside she was about to panic. “Stella has lost a lot of blood and has gone into shock. Her health and the babies’ health are at risk.”

“I need to be in there with her.” Brandon pushed his way past Sarah and charged towards the ER. He would have met with a very large, very muscular, orderly if June hadn’t grabbed his arm to stop him.

“I am sorry Brandon,” Sarah was able to maintain her calm tone. “No one is allowed in the delivery room when there are complications like this. At least I can be right next to her every step of the delivery. The only reason I am allowed in the delivery room is because I’m a doctor and I can help out just in case.”

“In case of what!?” June worried.

Sarah didn’t know how to answer that question. If this was any other person Sarah could detach herself from her patient. Separate personal from professional. But she was talking about her best friend. Stella’s family has been nothing but kind and welcoming. Sarah has gotten to know them all, and they consider her another member of the Charming Clan.

“It’s just…” Sarah regained the ability to speak, “just as a precaution. I need to go now, but I will be back as soon as I possibly can to give you all an update.”

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May was having a horrible sense of Deja Vu. She kept flashing back to the last time she was in this waiting room. She was with Stella waiting to hear about Brandon. Now she is here again, sitting on the same lumpy sofa and sipping the same stale coffee, watching Brandon pace the floors waiting to hear about Stella or the babies. After an eternity of pacing and waiting, Sarah finally came back with an update.

“Stella is going to be okay.” Sarah was happy to report good news to her adopted family.

“And what about the babies?” Brandon was relieved, yet still worried.

“The babies are doing as good as can be expected,” Sarah was less than enthusiastic. “They were born premature, which means that they are both underweight and their organs have not yet fully developed. They are in the NICU right now.”

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After checking up on Stella, Brandon made his way to the NICU to check up on his babies. They looked so small as they were connected to all those tubes.  But they were strong, just like their parents and grandparents.

Stella has always loved the outdoors, ever since she was a toddler watching May in the garden. She wanted her children’s names to reflect that. Lincoln James Charming was born first. Lincoln means “by the sea” and named James after Cindy’s father. Autumn Leigh Charming was born a few minutes later. Leigh was Cindy’s mother’s name.

As Brandon looked at the newest additions to the Charming family he realized that things couldn’t be any more perfect.

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**Side Note**

In my selfish quest for organization I changed the look of my blog. I found a new theme and updated the banner graphic. I organized the chapter lists by generation, and I organized the extras into various topics, also by generation.

I want to say a very big thank you to RosemaryMarie and her tutorials. Without her help none of these organizational updates would not have been possible. Thank you so very much!!

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

I know that I have said this more than a lot, but it is always worth repeating: I love being a part of this amazing WordPress community. The best part of my day is when I open my Reader and find a new post from one of my many favorite writers. One such writer is loladiamond01 and her amazing story neverdoitagain. If you are not currently following this story, then you are missing out. And when I opened my Reader a few days ago I found that she has nominated me for Sunshine Blogger Award.
And just this morning, as I was about to post this, I found that I have been nominated yet again. This time by the talented Amelia writer of The Fairwood Legacy.  I adore this legacy, and Amelia’s writing style.

Update: After I posted this morning I found out that Louise creator of Not Just a Book Sims has also nominated me as well.  This is another blog that you must read!!

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What is it?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging communityThe Rules:

1. In a blog post, thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Questions from Neverdoitagain:

  1. What do you most enjoy about being a member of the WordPress community?
    • I love what a tight knit and supportive community we are. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging always offering advice or help with tons of tutorials. I have read some captivating stories and met some amazing people though this community.
  2. How often do you check to see if there’s anything new out here on WordPress?
    • Checking my Reader is the first thing I do every Saturday morning, or if I am up late on Friday night.
  3. What makes you call a person a skillful writer?
    • A skillful writer is someone who can captivate my attention. They can make me feel exactly what the character is feeling. They tell a story that has me at the edge of my seat and consistently checking my Reader to for the next chapter.
  4. What do you do when you feel like you’re stuck on a particular storyline and don’t know where to take it?
    • This has actually happened to me most recently. I was at a place where I was getting frustrated and seriously considered walking away from my story. I created a new game and just played The Sims. That help remind me why I originally started the blog and why I fell in love with the Sims way back when.
  5. The prettiest Sim you’ve ever had in your game?
    • I think that Faye is probably the prettiest sims that I have ever created. I miss her at times.
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  6. Your favorite couple in your gameplay/stories?
    • Right now I am seriously shipping Noah & May from my other legacy One Moore ISBI. Noah is so adorkably charming and May is a sexy townie that has stolen his heart. Of course it helps that she is as childish and insane as he is.
  7. Your favorite non-romantic relationship in your gameplay/stories?
    • I love the dynamic relationship between sisters April, May & June Season. Each of these women have personalities as different as their hair colors. But it all worked cohesively and the sisters sort of complemented each other.
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  8. Have you had a Sim that you fell in love with right away?
    • I get way too attached to all of my sims from the moment of creation.
  9. If you ever did any storylines, what is the one you’re most proud of? If you didn’t, post the oldest picture from your save.
    • I am proudest of how I was able to transition from Generation 1 to Generation 2 and from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty.
  10. Have you had any Sims that remind you of someone?
    • It never started out as my intention, but the more I write for Stella the more I realize that our personalities are very similar. Except I haven’t been put under an evil curse. At least not that I know of.
  11. Is there any random fact about your blog story you want to share?
    • I don’t think people know how much time I spend naming my sims for this story. A few of the names are at random (Brandon, Ivy, & Sarah were all picked by a name generator). Hopefully some of the names are obvious like how Cindy Rella sounds like Cinderella and how April, May & June are three names that go well together. Some of the less obvious ones are Ryan, which means prince. Hence he is literally my story’s Prince Charming. Faye’s last name is Reed. If you say her full name fast enough she is the Fairy Godmother. The name Stella means “night”, which kind of goes with sleep & sleeping. Lastly, Stella loves the outdoors so her children all have a nature meaning behind them. What names are those you ask; well you are just going to have to wait and see.

Questions from The Fairwood Legacy:

  1. Who was the most difficult character for you to write?
    • Ryan Charming has been hard to write for. I feel like he hasn’t gotten much time and attention as my other characters. He is Cindy’s Prince Charming, but was a very basic character for her story. And he was absent for most of Stella’s life.
  2. Is there anything you wish you could change about your story?
    • Some of the older pictures make me embarrassed because the quality is so bad.
  3. What inspired you to begin writing?
    • I was going through a pretty crappy time in my life. I don’t want to get into all of the details, but the Sims was a way of helping me cope with everything. It became an outlet and a major stress relief for me.
  4. What types of scenes are the easiest for you to write?
    • I love writing for my antagonists. They are usually so different from my own personality it is fun to put myself into that different mindset.
  5. How long has your blog been up for?
    • A little over a year.
  6. What character in your story do you like the most?
    • I really love them all, even my antagonists.
  7. Are characters in your story influenced by people you know in real life?
    • Stella’s best friend Sarah is based on my real life BFF.
  8. What led you to set up your blog?
    • It started as my own selfish desire to have my story and my pictures organized and all in one place. The PowerPoint doc I first used was getting way to big.
  9. What character has been influenced by your own personality the most?
    • Stella, but not on purpose.
  10. Are there characters that you absolutely despise in your story?
    • nope
  11. How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
    • Every once in awhile I have to step away from Once Upon a Legacy before I start getting frustrated and want to quit. I play the game, clear my head, and get lost in the enjoyment of the game. That is how I created my other legacy One Moore ISBI.

 

I don’t have a specific list of nominees this time, since I am not sure who has been nominated and who has not. If anyone reading this feels like they want to answer the following questions, then consider yourself nominated!

My Questions (let’s go with 5 questions instead of 11)

  1. If you could change places with anyone for 24 hours, who would it be?
  2. If they made a movie about your life what would the title be, and what type of movie genre would it be?
  3. What do you like most about yourself?
  4. If you could take anything from the Sims and incorporate it into real life what would it be?
  5. I know that I totally stole this last question: but is there any random fact about your blog story that you want to share?