Time has a funny way of flying by when you’re not looking. Olivia was trying to come up with a wish as she watched the candle lights glimmer on top of the cake. How do you settle for just one? She had so many. But time waits for no one, so eventually she blew the candles out and twirled into her teenage years.
Olivia gained the cheerful trait, and rolled the most useless aspiration for a teenager, successful lineage. You’re one generation early Olivia! I guess I’ll just let her enjoy herself throughout her teen years until we can get this changed.
Her cousin Newton entered the teen stage as a romantic aspiring to be a musical genius. Now that I can work with!
“Look at us,” Olivia chuckled, “We’re like twins in plaid!”
“Great minds think alike,” Newton grinned.
While birthdays are the easiest way to mark time in a legacy house, there have been other subtle developments. Some things change, and some never do.
Ethan and Yenn’s relationship has stayed as fresh as on the day it started, but the two have definitely grown together. Yenn left young adulthood and doubts behind, as an adult, she was finally happy with who she was.
As for Ethan, being with Yenn has opened up his mind a lot compared to when he first came to Newcrest. Sometimes he liked to tease Yenn and say she’s the reason he’d gone grey so early. But truthfully, while maybe both of them have gained a wrinkle or two throughout their relationship, nothing fundamental has changed at all.
What’s changed with Chell and Knox over time?
Well, they redecorated; their condo now had more muted colours instead of the bright pinks. They did not feel the need to be in a bright and loud environment at their age, though they still enjoyed listening to the gramophone together, and having a little goofy dance when no one was looking.
But nothing’s changed about the way they looked at each other.
That leaves us with Booker and Keiko…
The physical side of their relationship had died a long time ago, after it had turned into more of a chore than anything. And with that means of communication gone…
The truth was, the two of them barely spoke these days. They were both so busy with their careers they rarely saw each other, and on the off-chance they did bump into one another, neither of them was all that sure what to say.
They’ve both been quite successful individually, though. Keiko has become a big shot investor; as a hedge fund manager she no longer relied on Booker’s family fortune to satisfy her shopping streaks.
As for Booker, his career has skyrocketed… quite literally, some even called him Mr. Solar system! That’s right, he had topped the bodybuilder branch of the athlete career. Having also fulfilled his aspiration effortlessly, there was nothing in the way of building a neighbourhood gym.
This of course meant that it was time for yet another house move, and more importantly, a talk with the future heir.
“Soo… what is this about?” Olivia glanced at her parents. They looked tired, she noticed.
Keiko was nervous. She’d given so many business presentations to investors, but this was a lot harder: “Olivia… as you know, your father will be building a gym and spa on this lot, meaning we’ll all be moving out…”
“Aaah,” Olivia felt uneasy. “Is this the legacy talk? Look, it’s great that dad’s already making his contribution, but I don’t know what I want to build yet!”
“That’s fine, Liv,” Booker interrupted. “This isn’t about that. It’s just that, uh, when we all move… well, your aunt Yenn is going to be moving to a separate house with Ethan, and aunt Chell and uncle Knox will be getting their own home with your cousin, and um…”
Plum this will take a while, Olivia thought. Was he sweating?
“Gah, just spit it out,” Keiko finally lost patience, “We’re getting a divorce.”
“Oh,” Olivia sighed with relief. “Is that all?”
Keiko and Booker stared at her blankly.
“Liv, I’m not sure you understand,” Booker said slowly.
“No, I do,” Olivia replied. “I don’t remember ever seeing the two of you happy. I think it’s a good thing.”
“Ok,” Keiko took a deep breath, “Ok. Well, this leaves us with one decision to settle, and that’s which one of us you’re going to live with.”
“We want this to be your decision, Liv,” Booker said calmly. “But, as you know, my side of the family has been building Newcrest for generations, and you did point out earlier that you are the heir to this legacy…”
“However,” Keiko gave Booker a cold glare, “the legacy does not necessarily mean you have to live with your father. You can still very well stay with me and carry out your responsibilities as far as building up the town goes. It is a well-known fact that a child that’s being raised by the mother has a far more nurturing environment…”
“Hah,” Booker burst out laugh him before he could stop himself. “That’s a good one!”
“Look guys, I appreciate you making this my decision,” Olivia jumped in, “But in all honesty, I’d much rather live with aunt Yenn than with either of you.”
“What? That’s not acceptable, young lady,” Keiko yelled. “You’re a child, and you have to live with one of your parents!”
Olivia raised her eyebrows: “Looks like that concept of me making the decision for myself went out of the window quickly, huh?”
“Now Liv, we do want you to ultimately make the decision,” Booker replied, “But… don’t you think you should be living with one of your parents?”
“I don’t know,” Olivia ventured. “Where were those parents when I needed my help with my homework? When I wanted to learn how to swim? When I had my first crush and need someone to talk to about it? Oh that’s right, it was aunt Yenn that helped me with those things.”
Booker and Keiko fell silent.
“Listen, it’s fine that you missed those things, I know you both work hard,” Olivia tried to soften her statement. “But look at yourselves. You’re both miserable. I… I don’t want to end up like that. I think living with aunt Yenn would be the best for me for now.”
Booker sighed: “Well, we did say it’s your decision.”
“I promise I’ll visit you both all the time,” Olivia said hurriedly. “I mean, we’ll all still be in Newcrest…”
“Slow down, Olivia,” Keiko urged her. “I mean, we need to chat to your aunt first to see if she’d even be willing…”
“I’ll go talk to her now,” Olivia ran out of the room, knocking one of the chairs down in the process.
“Wow,” Booker said, looking toward the door his daughter ran through.
“Yeah,” Keiko replied uneasily.
Booker looked at his ex-wife: “Does she hate us?”
“I don’t know.”
They stood there for a moment. They could hear Olivia break the news to Yenn excitedly in the distance.
“So,” Booker looked away.
“So,” Keiko said.
“I guess that’s it.”
“I guess so.”
They had yet to move the furniture out, but the house felt empty.
Awwwe this makes me happy but not, haha. At least they’ll both be happier now? Hopefully they’ll work on their relationship with Olivia now.
Yep hopefully they’ll try to put a bit more effort into their relationship with their daughter. I’m sure Olivia will be fine whatever happenes though. She’s cheerful, after all 🙂
FINALLY!!! Omfg I’ve been waiting for this. I absolutely love how Yenn isn’t even a biological Bloomer and she’s more of a “real” Bloomer (and parent to Liv) than Booker and Keiko combined. As plummy as divorce and a broken family is, I love the family dynamics this generation. It’s so real.
And Olivia is an awesome teenager. xD I never remember to give my teens colorful hair, but I wish I would, lol. On top of looking cool, she already seems wise. I already forgot what the next gen’s goal is, but I don’t think I’m gonna go look it up. I wanna be surprised when “Liv” figures out what she wants to do ;D
Yeah, remember back when Juanita was desperately trying to become a part of the legacy family? I guess she has now sort of indirectly succeeded, with Yenn being her granddaughter 😀
I barely ever give any of my sims colourful hair in general, or dye their hair anything other than their natural colour, but I thought colours would suit Liv. I’m pretty excited about her generation, she’s fun 🙂
At that point of their relationship, I think they better divorce….the couple no longer exist since sometimes….but I’m a bit sad too!!!!Hope they both find happiness now!
So do I! Agreed, it is for the best at this point. Thanks for reading 🙂
Yay!! Yenn gets a chance to be ‘mom’ and I know she’s going to rock at it!
I don’t think I’ll really miss Keiko at all, so that’s good. And they definitely need a divorce. So grumbly all the darn time!
Haha I know you weren’t Keiko’s biggest fan 😀 I plan on checking on her and Booker occassionally to see if they develop any other romantic interests, hopefully they’ll manage to move on without my help 😀
I’m actually pretty bummed they’ll get a divorce and although I like Olivia’s new look, the blue hair counts as black as far as genetics go and I thought she was so cute as a blonde!
For what it’s worth, I never planned for their marriage to fail. They managed that all on their own lol.
Oh, interesting about the hair, I assumed all of the crazy colours counted as blonde. You know, because to acheive such a vibrant colour in RL, you’d need to have blonde underneath. But I guess that would be too logical, in a game where dyed hair colours are inherited 😀
This was so sad 😦 I really really hated it to see this form of parental neglect. Poor Olivia, I feel so sorry for her, must have been tough to grew up like this. But at least Yenn was there to surrogate.
And about the hair, I think dyed hair are not inherited, the game just randomly decides what the original color is.
They were both so focused on their careers they were never really around for her. I guess I’m partially to blame, because I was trying to get Booker to level 10 of his career as soon as possible to finally be able to split up the household, since him and Keiko were always so annoyed at each other and I was fed up with playing them. They needed the divorce badly.
Somehow, I like the ending of this chapter. It’s kinda realistic in a way – not all family heads have successful marriages and family lives, after all. I just hope that Keiko and Booker will still try to keep a steady relationship with Olivia going, and put in more effort to be there for their girl.
Can’t believe you’re already at the end of generation 4 – amazing! It was a bit of a bummer ending, but it just played out that way.
I feel kind of bummed for Booker and Keiko. But at the same time I’m really happy for Olivia. She’s taking control of her life. I like that.
Yes, Liv was never afrid of doing things her own way 🙂
WOW!! Is it bad that I’m excited about this? lol, I mean, I know last chapter I said I hoped things would turn out better for them, but ummm…that’s the nice thing to say, right?? LOL
YAY Yenn and Ethan will get to be parents after all! Forget a child of their own. This is so much better! And, in a way, it’s so fitting for Yenn being a child who was left to be cared for by people who would care her. WOOT!
Lol! Not at all, I was excited too. I figured it would be the best for everyone, I was so fed up with playing both Keiko and Booker in their constant misery.
Oh. I loved this. It felt so right (in a kind of miserable and depressing way), but I love how Olivia just rolled with it and left her parents stunned at the table.
Right in a miserable kind of way sounds about correct! Booker and Keiko were probably the most out of sync couple I’ve ever had in the game.
Is Yenn your favorite too? I love her.
Of course she is! I adore Yenn 🙂