"BITTER MELON!" Citron gasped.
Good thing he'd been in the bathroom.
"Go ahead. Think you can beat your old man?" Carmen lightly teased.
Citron cocked his head and considered the pieces, then nodded firmly. "In about 5 moves!"
"Don't you want to practice a new skill?" I asked, "Your brain is turning to mush!"
"What are we supposed to do here?" she asked, looking around.
I glanced back and noticed she'd pulled out the book Demand Excellence book.
Sure, NOW you decide to brush up on your schoolwork...
"Wait, what?" I asked, confused.
"Well, that's what insane people ask, 'Did you catch anything?' I just wanted to make sure you hadn't gone crazy."
I looked up and saw Carmen starting a ghost story... attempting to distract his children from skilling.
In this family, I might just go crazy yet, I muttered under my breath.
"CARMEN!" Come here!" I called, waving my hand at him.
"Nothing. I'm trying to talk to Acai, but I don't want you distracting the other kids! They're skilling!"
Now both Carmen and Acai were looking at me as if I was crazy.
"I'm Estevan Wolff, Bryant's brother. Do you have any kids my age?" he asked.
River grabbed my hands and squeezed. "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!" she told me. "Leighton and I are so happy!"
I smiled. "I'm glad I could be of service," I told her truthfully. It wasn't my typical job description, but I loved the fact that I'd gotten two of our dear family friends together. Maybe if the P.I. gig didn't work out, I could become a mysterious matchmaker!
When it came time to blow the candles out, I looked around the yard at all my friends and family that had joined us to celebrate. I certainly was a lucky girl!
I finally got to open my birthday present from Carmen. He'd taken part of a day off (and used his Elder Command) to paint a likeness of me. I loved it!
Carmen and Acai both shrugged.
"I knew you would come tonight," the woman at the register said with a smile.
She handed me a bottle wrapped in paper. "For later."
"What is this?" I asked, starting to get creeped out.
Torch Holders: +1 (1) = 1
Painting of Torch Holder: +5 (1) = 5
Sim Failing School: -5
Visit from Service Sim: -5
Passing Out: -5 (1) = -5
Self-Urination: -5 (1) = -5
Accidental Deaths: -10
Social Worker Visit: -15
Births: +5 (3) = 15
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 = -9