2.9 – A Year in China

Chloe’s PoV

Spring bloomed into Summer, and Summer faded into Autumn.  Though you couldn’t tell just from glancing out the window.  Shang Simla remained, for the most part, green, but there was a bite in the air that hadn’t been there before.  And it rained all the time.

Even with the rain, it’s so peaceful here, I thought, gazing out the window at the countryside.

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I was taking a moment for myself.  For the past four months I had been decrypting an ancient code Donovan had found.  He’d been so ecstatic when he’d found it.  Supposedly it would lead to some warlord’s forgotten treasure.  I’d finally finished it this morning.  It had been a pain, since I’d never seen the entire manuscript, just bits and pieces.  Journal entries, mostly.  Very difficult and time-consuming for me, but whatever Donovan was doing, the elders were paying him nicely.  Between him and Thomas, I hadn’t had to resort to hacking for over a year.  They’d kept the rent paid and all of us happily fed.

It had been a good year.  Donovan had had such fun running about the countryside, especially when we’d all agreed the buddy rule was unnecessary.  Donovan was more alive than I’d ever seen him.  The way he told the explorer’s tales, full of drama and intrigue, like they were his own.

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Shaye’s bug collect had grown…extensively.

Lucy and I had enjoyed the house. It was very open and airy, and we both agreed that the scent from the chinese maples was exquisite.  Often, Lucy and I were the only ones left in the house during the day.  She and I would often read together or chat, something we hadn’t done before.  Possibly because of our age gap.  She was undoubtably intelligent, not a genius, like Donovan or I, but she saw things that others would miss.  She was normally quiet, not because she had nothing to say, but because she was in deep contemplation.  Our conversations were fascinating.

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Medea’s skill at martial arts had grown.  And she had as well.  I gave up spying on her a long while ago, but I’d still seen the change.  She was happier, less angry.  She’d made some friends and seemed to find her place.  She’d still never joined the Academy proper.  She was still Medea, still stubborn, and would happily rage at the explorers for hours at a time.  But she and Shaye had grown closer.  She’d seemed to find that inner peace Shaye was always talking about.

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And if Medea and Shaye had grown closer, Lucy and Medea had become inseparable.  They’ve always got along, but now it seems they’ve become best friends.

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Living in China has changed us all.  Even me.  I’ve felt calmer.  Less in control, but happier with that.  It’s like I left a part of me behind when I came here, a part I no longer needed.  The Elders would say I’ve grown.

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I gazed out over the still countryside and shook my head.  It’s not fair, I thought angrily.  We’d finally been able to rest, to relax, to live!  Donovan was more alive than I’d ever seen him.  And China had had such an amazingly good affect on Medea!  We were happy!

I’d let down my guard.  Allowed myself to think we could settle down again.  Just move countries and all would be fine.  But no.  It’s not fair!

I took a deep breath and sighed it out.  This won’t be easy, I thought, glancing back into the common room.

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Thomas was playing.  Donovan was spinning around the room.  Shaye and Lucy were dancing together.  Even Medea was swaying a bit.  But it needs to happen.  I won’t let them take Donovan.  I won’t let this family break apart.


Note:  Donovan successfully got lv 3 Visa for China, completing one third of his LTW.

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Thanks for reading!  ^_^

  

  

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8 Comments

    1. I’ll never breathe a word. 😉
      I don’t think it was that hard for me, but I bought the longest vacations they could go on (12 days, I think), and the Mayfields had the Motive Mobile. But I couldn’t imagine doing that LTW without it! XD

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  1. I’m kind of jealous right now that you managed to pull off fun characters and an interesting story with a gameplay legacy. I’m kind of regretting that I shifted to story based instead of going for pure gameplay, but well… It is what it is. Anyway, glad to see them progressing in their own ways.

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    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

      There are points where I consider taking control of the story, but I’m usually stamped down by life. It just takes too much time. I can’t spend too much time playing the game, let alone writing. Which is why I greatly admire people who do write their own story with Sims 3 characters. It’s a large sink of time and effort and the people who do it well are amazing! They literally share their time with us to present these fantastic written and picture-based worlds!

      That, and getting sims to do anything for an actual story project is like herding cats. O_O Never again.

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      1. Oh gosh! Yes! In one of my scenes, I had to make poses just to get everyone to keep still, because even with free will turned off, everyone was just all over the place, it was ridiculous.

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