Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chapter 20 - Cleaning in the buff...

 "Good morning," I greeted Carmen with a kiss first thing in the morning.
 "Come here, you," he said, tugging me into his arms.
A quick good morning kiss flamed into something bigger.

"I could use a shower," I suggested sultrily.
 Giggling, we raced to the shower.


 Caring for two children was definitely a challenge.  Thankfully Carmen and I made a good team.
I glanced towards him as he cradled Bitter Melon.  "Um, sweetie... are you forgetting something?" I asked, turning so that Acai was faced away from him.

"Oh, yeah. I completely forgot!" Carmen said, quite embarrassed.


"I promised I would do a thorough house-cleaning for the party this evening," he said, heading outside.
I wonder why that car just honked at me, he thought, wrinkling his nose.
"Time to clean all these old newspapers up."

Was it just him, or did he feel a breeze?
We really need to empty that toddler potty more often, Carmen thought as he mopped up the piddle puddle.  Having a standing puddle was going to warp the wood!
Finally, he was done cleaning.  He plopped down in the plastic chair and shifted uncomfortably.  Cold!

While Carmen spent the morning cleaning, I watched Acai.

Kind of...
Acai made a break for it, crawling through the grass until she arrived at the perfect spot.
Horsey!


Thankfully Carmen found some clothes before their guests arrived.  I was starting to wonder about his nudity kick.
"Pauline!" I greeted her.  "I've been meaning to talk to you!"

In the end, Pauline wound up agreeing with me and promised to apologize to Hank for making him think he was boring.

"Thanks, that's going to make him much easier to be around!" I smiled.
 I can't believe I'm turning 30, I thought staring at all the candles on the cake.
 "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" Friends called out, cheering.
I made a wish and blew out all the candles on the cake.  You know, I didn't feel any different!  I bet adulthood was going to be a walk in the park!


 "How was your birthday party?" Carmen asked as he walked into the room and laid down beside me.
"Great," I told him, reaching my arms around him.  "I know how we can make it even better..."  I lifted my eyebrows suggestively.
 "I'm sorry, Simone. I'm just not in the mood..." Carmen winced, pulling away. 
 "What's wrong?" I asked.  Up until now, Carmen had never turned me down before...

He shook his head.  "Nothing's wrong. I just... I'm sorry..."  Embarrassed, he slid from the bed and left the room.
I hit the pillow a few times and rolled to my side, determined to get to sleep.  I squeezed my eyes shut, hurt beyond belief that not only had Carmen rejected me... he'd gone to sleep outside again...



Torch Holders: +1 (1) = 1
Painting of Torch Holder: +5
Sim Failing School: -5
Visit from Service Sim: -5
Passing Out: -5
Self-Urination: -5 (1) = -5
Accidental Deaths: -10
Social Worker Visit: -15
Births: +5 (2) = 10
Twin Births: +10
Triplet Births: +15
Fulfilling LTW: +40
Achieving Honor Roll: +5
Randomizing  LTW choice and trait for a generation: +10
Not using spares Happiness points for a generation: +10
Every 100,000 dollars: +20
NPS Spouse reach the top of their career: +40
Cheat Penalty: -10 (2) = -20

Total = -14

Chapter 19 - Shhh... let Mommy sleep...

"Shhh.. let Mommy sleep in this morning," Carmen said, pulling Acai from her crib. 
Then proceeded to play with her, causing her to emit loud giggles and shrieks of laughter.

I rolled over and pulled the pillow over my head.
"Here you go, have a bottle," Carmen said. "I have to go to work.  Play quietly."
"Ba. Ba. Ba. Ba. BAAAAAAA!" Acai chanted cheerfully, sipping her drink.
"ALRIGHT, I'M UP!" I growled, rolling from bed. "THANKS FOR LEAVING HER IN THE BEDROOM!" I shouted towards the livingroom at Carmen.
"Ma. Ma. Ma. MAAAAAA!" Acai babbled.
I swept her up into my arms.  "Ack. You're too cute!" I said, tickling her little rounded belly.  "I can't stay mad at you!"
"Mommy  just needs to finish a stakeout report real quick," I told her as I set her down.  "Just 5 minutes," I promised.

I checked the time 15 minutes and swore under my breath.  Good thing toddlers can't tell time!
Might as well start potty-training early, I thought as I helped Acai onto the toddler potty.
After we'd cleaned up, I tried to put her down for a nap.  That didn't work.
So I sunk to the floor and began teaching her the 7 steps to being the best private eye in the business.  A girl should know these things early on.


..."And the most important thing to do during a stakeout is stay hidden.  I use them pom-pom bushes. They look so real, no one even thinks anything of it," I told her proudly.   My phone started ringing.  "Oh, hold on, let me get this."
I managed to get to a vertical position and answered the phone.  "Hello?" I answered.  "Oh, hey Hank.  What's up?" Hank started talking a mile a minute, more agitated than I'd ever heard him.  "Whoa, slow down. What's the matter?" I asked.

And I listened to him complain about his fiance, Pauline, and how she thought skilling for logic made people boring.

I scoffed, "Boring? Are you kidding? Especially when you're a cop, you need logic on a daily basis!" I agreed with him.

"You tell her that!" he said.

I laughed.

"No, really. YOU tell her that. She won't believe me!" he prodded.

"You know what, I will! I'll be right over!" I promised.  It'd be nice to hang out with my old friend a little.  I could totally have a chat with Pauline and provide a convincing argument about the merits of logical thought!
I headed out, but didn't make it much past the Alto household.  "Um, you can pull over here," I told the taxi driver.

"You're home already?" Carmen asked. "Did you forget something?"

I shook my head, sweating bullets.

"Then what's up? I thought you were going over to Hank's?"
Another contraction hit and I breathed heavily, grabbing my stomach.

Carmen caught on quickly enough...
We'd talked about it beforehand.  We didn't want to leave Acai with a babysitter she didn't know.  And having gone through one delivery, we were fairly confident we could handle it on our own.  So, the decision had been to have a home birth.

But, with Carmen freaking out and the contractions making me eyes cross-eyed, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about the situation.
But I guess there was no turning back now.

Man, delivering is hard work!  I thought, rubbing the back of my neck.
Hey wait... where'd my support team go?!  (AN: I cancelled out the "Deliver at Hospital" action so that Acai didn't get left at home alone & Carmen packed up shop and went to bed.  Way to be there for your wife, bud!)
It was worth it though when I held my second daughter in my arms.  She was absolutely precious!
"Sleep well, sweetheart," I told her as I laid her in her own crib.
I knew that I was going to sleep soundly!


Torch Holders: +1 (1) = 1
Painting of Torch Holder: +5
Sim Failing School: -5
Visit from Service Sim: -5
Passing Out: -5
Self-Urination: -5 (1) = -5
Accidental Deaths: -10
Social Worker Visit: -15
Births: +5 (2) = 10 (Welcome to the family Bitter Melon!)
Twin Births: +10
Triplet Births: +15
Fulfilling LTW: +40
Achieving Honor Roll: +5
Randomizing  LTW choice and trait for a generation: +10
Not using spares Happiness points for a generation: +10
Every 100,000 dollars: +20
NPS Spouse reach the top of their career: +40
Cheat Penalty: -10 (2) = -20

Total = -14

Chapter 18 - A first birthday party...

I hummed slightly off-key as I cooked my first meal in the house. Mac n' cheese! Mmmm...

"I can't believe you're making macaroni for breakfast," Carmen said as he headed to grab Acai.

"You're just mad I'm not making hot dogs," I teased.
Carmen was a natural when it came for caring for his daughter.  He loved playing with her.
Aw, I burned it, I thought sadly when the beautiful, powdery orange cheese turned black.  Shrugging, I ate it anyways. I was that hungry.

And it was still good.
After feeding and changing Acai, then rocking her to sleep, Carmen got started on his day.
He cleaned the dishes, gathered up old newspapers, cleaned the shower and the nasty toilet!  (AN: Have I mentioned how much I love Carmen?)

Meanwhile, I headed to the computer and made sure the firewalls were up when I began to hack into the spa database.

Interesting.  I've narrowed it down to two.. men? That's quite strange, but hey, I don't pick the suspects. I should speak to the first one, Gus Hart, about the missing shoes.
Maybe after my nap.

"Thanks so much for cleaning!" I told Carmen before my birthday party began.  "I was surprised I slept so long!"

I threw quite a big party for Acai's 1st birthday.  Some of my friends came & some of Carmen's friends came. I was quite surprised to see how well he'd hit it off with Parker.  Hopefully Parker never thought to compare notes with Carmen...

Awkward...
"Wanna meet Acai?" I asked Leighton, leading him back to the bedroom.  I knew how much he loved babies.

"And when's the new addition due?" he asked, smiling at my mid-section.

"What new addition?" I asked.

He glanced up at me in surprise.  "You do realize you're pregnant again, right?"

Oh for the love of plumbbob. No wonder I had problems zipping up my dress for the party!  "Whoa... wait until I tell Carmen!" I said, stunned.  Two babies under two.  Life was about to get crazy.

Acai's wails distracted me from those morbid thoughts.
"Does this thing ever stop crying?" Thorton Wolff asked, slightly shaking Acai.

"Thorton! Stop! Don't shake the baby!" I snapped. "Put her down!"

Thorton just looked at me with confusion across his face and tucked Acai against his chest.

I sighed.  People loved grabbing babies that didn't belong to them.  "She needs a diaper change," I said, thinking that would have him handing Acai over in 5 seconds flat.

Nope.  I wracked my brain. How else to make someone release your baby?  I know.  Something that required two hands.  "Shaka bra!" I said, waving my hands in the surfer greeting.

"Oh, hold on a moment," Thorton said, laying Acai in her crib. "Shaka..."

I pointed at Leighton sternly. "Not on your life, buddy. Don't even think about picking her up!" I rushed to the crib and grabbed Acai before any other well-meaning guests could stall me.  Quickly, I changed her diaper and fed her.

"Ah, good job," Thorton nodded in approval.  "She's stopped crying."

(AN: I hate it when guests grab the baby and then just snuggle and play with them.  If you're going to grab the baby, change a diaper and feed them! At the very least, let the mother actually get to them! Lol!)

"Time to blow the candles out on the cake!" I called out, attempting to draw everyone's attention.
Really, it was only Carmen and I that seemed to care.

"Alright, Acai!" Carmen cheered and clapped.  He was so cute. He totally got into it! One of the many things I loved about him, I thought with a smile.
I blew the candles out. 

"Happy birthday, Acai," I said, setting her on the floor.

I snagged a plate of lobster thermidor before it was all gone.  I would probably never again in my life have access to lobster thermidor!

I finished the last bite and shrugged.  Mac n' cheese was still better!
Tired, and glad all our company was gone, I headed into the bedroom and laid down. 
I didn't even realize that Carmen had decided to sleep outside again.



Torch Holders: +1 (1) = 1
Painting of Torch Holder: +5
Sim Failing School: -5
Visit from Service Sim: -5
Passing Out: -5
Self-Urination: -5 (1) = -5
Accidental Deaths: -10
Social Worker Visit: -15
Births: +5 (1) = 5
Twin Births: +10
Triplet Births: +15
Fulfilling LTW: +40
Achieving Honor Roll: +5
Randomizing  LTW choice and trait for a generation: +10
Not using spares Happiness points for a generation: +10
Every 100,000 dollars: +20
NPS Spouse reach the top of their career: +40
Cheat Penalty: -10 (2) = -20

Total = -19