1.0 – A Fresh Start

My skies, but I’d never before seen such a bootiful sight!  When Bernard an’ Susan were talking of moving towns, why, I thought we’d be heading tah thuh town over, Bigsburg.  But no!  They plum packed us all up, kids an’ all, an’ we drove all thuh way across this country from Pleasantville tah Sunset Valley.  An’, my, if it weren’t a pretty place.  All snug an’ tucked up against those green, green mountains an’ thuh big blue ocean on thuh othuhrside!  That first day, I fell in love with thuh place.  I wanted thuh rest of my children to be born an’ raised right thuhre.  I wanted my gran’kids to be born an’ raised thuhre!  I wanted a big ol’ place with lotsa’ room an’ I wanted a big family to match.

For lan’s’ sakes, Ellie, you’re getting ahead a’ yourself!

I’m Ellie Mayfield, an’ here’s my little family.  That han’some devil is my husban’, Bernard Mayfield, an’ behind him is my sister, Susan Thompson.  Thuh little blonde bundle off to thuh side is my daughter, Chloe Mayfield.  Bernard’s not her daddy, but you couldn’t tell with thuh way he treats her.  An’ thuh cute little guy in thuh flowers is my nephew, Thomas Thompson.  I begged Suzy not to name him that, but that was our Daddy’s name, rest in peace.  She never did mention who Thomas’s daddy was.  Anywho, here we all are!


It all started a year back, right before Momma died.  I was young an’ a single mothuhr.  I’d quit school to have Chloe.  Her daddy was a good-fer’-nuthin’ though.  Chloe was just a coupla’ weeks old when Momma died.  Daddy, though he hadn’t liked Momma (‘cept fer a few months back when they were still hot-blooded), he came to her funeral.  Afterwards he packed me an’ Chloe up an’ took us to Pleasantville.  I thought is was so big an’ chic!  I met my big sister Suzy.  Her momma was Daddy’s wife, but she died years back when Suzy was jus’a kid.  Anywho, Daddy got me an’ Chloe moved in with him, an’ it wasn’t long afterwords that Suzy got her fancy degree from college.  That summer I’ll never forget.  Suzy had her baby boy (she’d been busy with school at thuh time, so I took care’a him).  An’ in mid-June, I met my one-an’-only.

I’ll remember that day always.  I was out wid’da kids in thuh front yard, watching ‘em toddle through Daddy’s flower beds, when this blue-eyed hunk walked up an’ knocked on our front door.  He noticed me after a coupla’ seconds, an’ he went all red an’ stuttery.  He was a cutey.  Still is.  I said hi, an’ he ran away.  But thuh next day he was back with a bundle o’ roses an’ sweets for thuh kids.  I didn’t waste no time.  I pulled every trick Momma ever taught me.  By thuh end of thuh summer I was Mrs. Bernard Mayfield an’ Chloe was Chloe Mayfield.  Sweet guy, my Bernard, he wanted Chloe to be his, no ifs, an’s, nor buts.

Turns out, Suzy an’ Bernard had been best friends since Daddy an’ Suzy had moved to Pleasantville.  An’ thuhy’d been making plans.  Not marriage, no!  I’d nevah steal a man from mah own sister!  But thuhy’d been wanting to leave Pleasantville since high school.  Go somewhere more “happening”.  Me, I was so caught up in thuh wedding an’ heaven’s happiness that I wen’ along with whateveah thuhy wanted.

An’ that’s how I found mahself in Sunset Valley.  Mah sister, mah husban’ an’ thuh two kids on thuh lawn, all staring at our new home.


It weren’t much, but I jus’ knew we could make it work!



  1. How? How?! How do you write this way?! I love her voice. I love that I could practically hear her accent while reading. So much personality. I have no clue how to give my characters this type of voice or any voice that has an accent or any quirk or distinctive quality to it. I admire that you’re able to pull it off so well.

    That being said, I don’t have much to say about the family yet. It’s odd that Susan isn’t telling anyone who Thomas’ father is, so I’m guessing he might show up at some point to cause some drama, but since you said this here is a straight-up gameplay legacy, I’m not quite sure what to expect. Guess that’s the beauty of it!

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    1. Thanks! :3 I enjoy the challenge of figuring out each voice. Ellie’s was the easiest, because I chose her traits to be a southern Dixie’s girl.

      So, I feel bad because a few people have mentioned the potential mystery of Thomas’s father. Truth be told, Thomas came about because, after I had designed the adults, I found the mix-genetics button in CAS and started playing with it. I still hadn’t figured out the relationships yet, just that Ellie & Susan were sisters. I was still trying to figure out who Bernard should be married to, Susan or Ellie. So I made a pair of toddlers, one from each woman paired with Bernard. Who would have the cuter kid? So, genetically, Thomas is Bernard’s son with Susan, but only through CAS. Similarly, Chloe is genetically Bernard’s daughter, through CAS.
      I don’t think it’s a mystery I’ll ever properly answer in-story. Maybe Susan had a fling with a college professor. Maybe she and Bernard got shit-faced one night and Thomas is the result. The world may never know.

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      1. Oh. My. Gosh. It’s a CAS scandal! Haha! Thomas is their CAS-induced cousin/half-brother… Dang… Thanks for sharing that tidbit of background info. No worries. You know how simlit can be. We expect drama everywhere!

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  2. Hello hello 😀 ~ I’ve stopped by many times but didn’t get the chance to officially start reading the story until today so here I am~ (You’ll find I’m a frustratingly slow reader, but a binger at the same time so you’ll be seeing a lot of me XD apologies in advance)
    An interesting start, Ellie has a cute accent. This is definitely not the usual family dynamic and I saw on your about page you won’t be using poses and instead shall have free-well on high, that seems like it’ll be quite difficult. I can’t wait to see where this goes!

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by! No need to apologize. Take your time and enjoy the tale! 😉
      I do use poses once a generation for a proper family photo shoot, just something that looks nice on the blog site. But for everything else, nope, I don’t use poses. Too lazy, and I like to just sit back and see what sims get up to. Whole friendships, love triangles, and nemesis arcs can be established just by letting sims run free. 🙂

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