Sera held the infant close to her chest, smelling the baby scent. Everything about Silas was so precious. She kissed his head softly. He’d been home for a few days, but she couldn’t get enough of him. And in that moment, it was as if it was only her and him in the room. In the world. She smiled. Her perfect little boy.
In reality, nothing could be further from the truth – the nursery was actually filled with family who’d come to meet the little one for the first time. Wide grins were spread across the elder’s faces; even though Sera was lost in a world of her own, all they needed to see was the little family and their happiness. Couldn’t get much better than that.
“Well, I suppose we’ll leave you three, you seem to have everything under control.” Yenn told Lorcan – she’d given up on trying to get much of a reaction from the enthralled Sera.
Pauline and Leo exchanged a nod. “It was wonderful to meet our latest grandchild. Expect us to be back soon.” Leo chuckled.
“Oh yes, of course, you’re all always welcome.” Lorcan managed to say. “Thanks for coming by.”
“Good to see you, as always.” Yenn gave him a brief hug. She turned to Sera. “Bye sweetie. You’re doing great with the little one.”
“Later, guys!” Sera glanced their way, clearly distracted. The older trio just laughed, headed for the door.
Pauline could barely contain her giddiness. “You’d think I’d be used to being a grandma now, but it never gets old.” She said contently. “Things get better and better with every grandbaby.”
“Here’s to many more!” Yenn agreed.
They all made their way downstairs, slowly strolling back home.
“They do make a cute little family, don’t they?” Leo commented. “All of our children are so grown up…”
“I know, I still remember when Sera was that small.” Pauline sighed. “And now she has a family of her own… It’s odd, isn’t it? When she was born, I already started thinking heirs and responsibilities and wondering if she’d carry on the legacy… I suppose there isn’t much of that obligation left now, is there?”
“No, thanks to you they each carry a piece.” Yenn agreed with a smile. “You’ve worked out a great way to take the pressure off while making sure Newcrest can be the strongest. And with their children and grandchildren, it will only grow better and better.”
“You really think so?” Pauline asked her aunt. “I know how much the Bloomer legacy has meant to you…”
Yenn gave her a knowing smile. “I’ve dedicated my lives to this legacy. But just because it’s no longer a legacy in the traditional sense doesn’t mean there’s less to it. There’s more, really. Our family has built a foundation so strong that it’s not only about us anymore. Newcrest… it’s so alive, don’t you think?”
Pauline’s face lit up. “I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad you think I made the right choice.”
“I know you did.” Yenn confirmed.
She meant it. And how poignant they were having this conversation right by the park where it all started… Yenn could almost sense the founder’s presence. She felt a strange… calling? Pauline and Leo almost seemed to be in another world for a brief moment. She looked towards the park.
“Why don’t you two go ahead?” She told the couple. “I think I might stop by the park on my way. I haven’t even seen the new wishing well yet.”
“Ah, you do know the wishing well is mainly symbolic?” Pauline reminded her with a small shrug.
“Have you met me?” Yenn laughed. “I’m all about the symbolic!”
The two women hugged.
“I’ll see you later, aunt Yenn.” Pauline smiled at the older woman.
“I’m sure you will, honey.” Yenn said wistfully.
She walked towards the wishing well, though she was almost not aware of making a conscious movement. It was as if she was floating towards it. With each step, she could feel her ancestors closer and closer.
She took in the beauty of the flowers surrounding her, the solid feel of the buildings in the distance. How would her predecessors have felt about this version of Newcrest, built after generations and generations of the family’s effort?
She felt a bizarre urge to go back in time to the fresh-faced Kirk digging in the soil next to his tent and show him all of this. It would have been right about here, where the well was, wouldn’t it?
But Yenn knew there was no such thing as going back in time. Newcrest only got to where it was because the family always looked ahead. Kirk included. He must have been the most clairvoyant of them all…
Yenn leaned over the edge of the well. She was getting distracted. She wasn’t here to ponder about the legacy’s founder. She was here to make a wish. Her eyes followed the penny as it left her hand and fell into the well.
The well’s response was a bright light. It came above the surface, briefly surrounding her and gently hugging her for a while before disappearing.
Yenn had never felt so light. She knew her wish had come true.
Turning to the stone face above the well, she waved at it in gratitude. She could have sworn the face was smiling.
“Thank you.” She whispered. Her arm slowly moved back down. It was an odd sensation; while her body seemed heavier and heavier, her spirit was lighter and lighter by the minute.
She came down on the ground, placing her hands against it. The plants growing, the insects buzzing about, she could feel it all. But was she still even there? Resting her head against the soft grass, she was ready to be at one with the soil beneath her.
And then she finally went to sleep.
Yenn had never seen Newcrest like this before. Perhaps most of her senses were gone, and her body was still down there, in the park, but her spirit was flying high in the sky. Was she getting further and further the higher and higher she rose? Or was she more at one with it all? She couldn’t decide.
As she few by Hallie’s orphanage, she realised none of the children were the ones that used to live there when the place first opened. Yenn wasn’t sure if she’d seen all of them before. Or if they’d already arrived. Now that she was gone, time seemed like a strange concept…
It was hard to determine if things had already happened, or would happen one day. But they felt certain. As did Hallie’s look of satisfaction when Yenn passed by. Hallie had found her purpose, Yenn was sure of it. She was sure of many things now….
She knew that some of the Newcrest heirs would stay in Newcrest forever, grounded in their roots, and making sure the city goes on.
And that some would conquer the world…
But moving on wasn’t a bad thing, as long as they’d remember where they came from. After all, Yenn was finally moving on herself, wasn’t she?
She hadn’t anticipated leaving the world behind would make everything so crystal clear. It was almost as if she could taste the future…
The woman in front of her was stunning. Yenn struggled to place her face at first. Or perhaps she didn’t want to. But as her features grew more and more solid, it was impossible to pretend she didn’t know who it was.
“You.” Yenn found it hard to convey her shock. “Why you?”
“Don’t worry, you’re not in hell.” Cassiel smirked. “The subconscious is a strange thing… Apparently you wanted to see me first. I was surprised too. Does this mean you’ve forgiven me? Your father has…”
A man appeared on Cassiel’s side. Or perhaps he’d been there all along? It was hard to say.
The memory of visiting him in that strange world came back to Yenn immediately. But then, was that world truly all that strange? Not much more so than what she was experiencing now…
“It’s good to see you again, Yennefer.” The man looked across to her. “What a sight. You’ve lead your tribe well.”
“So where were we on the original subject? Have you forgiven me then, sweet Yennefer?” Cassiel interrupted, almost mockingly. “I suppose I don’t really need an immediate answer though. After all, time is something we both have an abundance of, don’t we?” She cackled uncontrollably.
Before Yenn could decide what to make of it all, their faces faded away and were replaced by another.
Astrid. With the widest smile Yenn had ever seen on her face. She never looked so happy in her own time, Yenn thought sadly.
“But there’s no reason to be unhappy now.” Astrid told her. “It’s all gone. And I’m complete. If I’d listened to you more, I could have had a different life… but that’s ok. I’m happy now.”
Yenn didn’t have a lot of time to ponder over the bittersweetness of the encounter. Astrid disappeared too…
“Aunt Yenn!” The jolly looking man exclaimed. Though of course, in Yenn’s eyes, Monty would always be a boy. The adorable, good-natured boy with dimples in his cheeks. “It’s good to see you again…”
“Monty!” Yenn reached out for him, but he was gone already.
The pink-haired girl in his place seemed equally as happy to see her though.
Yenn was overcome with emotion. Her Liv. The closest thing to a daughter she’d ever had.
“What a ride, right?” Liv grinned. “You have to tell me all about it…”
She wanted to, but even Liv evaporated from sight, and was replaced by not one, but two people instead.
“Yenn! Finally, dude!” Booker scolded her jokingly. “We’ve been keeping your seat warm for far too long. You took your sweet time joining us…”
“Booker!” The woman on his side gave him a disapproving glare. She turned to Yenn. “Don’t mind him… I missed you, sis!”
Yenn was overcome with emotion. “I missed you both too… so much!” She managed to utter. But they were both gone already.
“We’re so proud of you, sweetie.” The blonde woman in front of her told her.
“Of course, we always knew you could do great things.” The man added.
Yenn felt like a little girl. She hadn’t left the old sage woman behind, but in that very moment, she was so close to the little girl in her mother’s warm embrace…. Now that she’d passed away, could she pick which one she would be? Perhaps she was both.
“Hey, I never said our Yenn wouldn’t achieve great things!” Lilah said to her husband. “You’re the one that constantly worried about her!”
“I never worried!” Peter objected, tickling her briefly. “Not while you were with me…”
“Sentimental sap!” Lilah laughed.
Yenn felt a warmth rushing through her. If she still had a body, she would have cried. Her parents, just like she remembered them….
But she could already feel them slipping away too.
“No!” She yelled out. “Mom! Dad! Wait!”
It was no use. They were gone. She was now facing a couple she’d never seen before. Not in person, at least. She had of course come across their faces in pictures.
“So you’re Yennefer.” Isaac said to her. “I wasn’t sure what to expect…”
“You’re the one who believes in love beyond death.” The woman on Isaac’s side added in a matter-of-fact fashion. “So did we.”
Oh no. Yenn didn’t think it was possible to feel embarrassed after one’s death. “I’m SO sorry I wore your wedding dress when…”
“It’s more than ok.” Ruby shook her head. “It’s not like I was using it… You wore it well.”
She smiled as they both disappeared like the others.
And then there he was. Kirk.
“Yennefer. Good to finally meet you.” He told her. “I guess I owe you a big thank you. Not sure where my legacy would have gone without you…”
“No need to thank me at all.” Yenn replied. “You’ve set it all on a strong foundation. It was your vision. We all just followed. Newcrest… it’s yours.”
“Not more than yours.” Kirk shrugged. “I’m just a guy with a tent.”
“So… I guess it all ends where it began?” Yenn remarked. “With you. It’s fitting, isn’t it?”
“You’re a smart woman.” Kirk said. “But you’re not quite right about this one. You see, there is one more person left for you to see…”
Ruby’s voice echoed from somewhere that sounded muffled, but she could still make out the words.
“You’re the one who believes in love beyond death.”
It was him. After all these years. Yenn didn’t know what to feel anymore. All she knew was that she’d waited for too long to see him again.
“Welcome home, Yenny.” Ethan said to her, his voice filled with warmth.
His hand was reaching towards her, all she needed to do was grab it.
It seemed that he was already fading away too, much like the others.
“No!” Yenn yelled. “I’m not letting you disappear!”
His arm was reaching closer. She willed herself closer towards him. Body or no body, dead or alive, she didn’t care.
Everything turned into bright light.
Author’s note: If you’re still reading now, you’re wonderful! Thank you for joining me along on this journey that took me well over a year and a half! Every one of you is amazing.
I’m doing a bit of an FAQ in the honour of finishing the legacy, so ask me anything. If there’s ever been anything you’ve been wondering about the legacy, now is the time to dig deep! I would love to hear your thoughts and will do my best to answer your questions – if I get enough I will make a whole separate Q&A post. Whether you’re an old reader or a new reader, or never commented on the story before? I would love to hear from you. Just make a comment below or on my thread on the forums. Regardless of whether you do leave a comment or not, thank you for sticking around and taking time to read the story. We wouldn’t have gotten here without you!
❤ congrats on the finish! That is an accomplishment not many complete!
Thank you! 🙂
Wow wow wow! Wait, this legacy isn’t finished right? There’s still Hope and Aslan and Alexus! Hope still needs to make up with Zayne and A&A need to have cute babies (I got a bit carried away there!)! That wasn’t the finale I hope! Though if it was it was definitely a good one!
Sorry to disappoint, this definitely was the finale. Of course, their lives go on, they’re just not quite as documented anymore 🙂
Reading this at work and getting all teary eyed!
I have hope we’ll see Hope again (ahaha) in A2A
Do you upload your lovely families onto the gallery?
Thanks so much for sharing such an amazing story with us 🙂
Aww hope you had a chance to hide from the coworkers! 🙂 some Bloomers are on the gallery O think, though it’s mainly the earlier generations. I may upload others eventually 🙂
I’m nearly in tears. This was so beautifully written, this whole story. I am really, really impressed with how you displayed the last moments of Yenn’s amazing, emotional roller coaster of a life. Silas is the cutest little bean ever. I’m in love with him!
Question: Are the Bloomers on the gallery?
Thank you for this wonderful masterpiece that is the Bloomers. It made me laugh, cry, and feel so many different emotions at once it was ridiculous. I’m so happy to have been able to experience this wonderful story. I feel like this is the best possible way to end the story. No words can express how much this story has made me feel, and I hope that I will still be able to see the future generations of Newcrest itself. 💜😀😭😊
Thank you so much, it makes me so happy you cared about my story so much 🙂 Some Bloomers are on the gallery, though not all of them. I may keep some of the younger ones for a little longer, though they will end up there eventually 🙂 All the builds should Ben up, though!
You got me all misty-eyed there. I couldn’t wish for more beautiful ending. You delivered all I expected. Airial pictures of completed Necrest, pictures of all previous heirs and the founder. I’m happy and also sad it’s complete. You did it! What a ride it’s been! What an accomplishment! Congratulations!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it so much, and thank you for sticking around – super happy I brought you over to the simlit world! 🙂
Such a perfect ending ! Thank you for all of this !
Oh honey. I’m sitting at my work desk crying in my front of my co workers. What an absolutely beautiful, absolutely PERFECT end to this story! Yenn has always been my girl. Seeing this end from her viewpoint is the best possible way you could have done this.
It was really very touching how Sera and her family were showcased here. She was always the troubled one, and she and Yenn had a special relationship. It was moving to see that Yenn could finally stop worrying about her, that all is well now.
I love the open-endedness. I love that you showed everybody living their lives, showing that the legacy will never really end so long as the family still loves one another. And Hope…it’ll be interesting to see what happens to her. 🙂
Oh dear! Sorry I made you cry at work, though I am happy that you guys felt so strongly about this!
Yeah I wanted to show off all of the current heirs, so we had to see a bit of Silas with his parents, as well as Hallie’s special scenario with the orphans. Vito and Carly’s legacy was represented by Hope and Aslan 🙂 They all definitely still live on in my head. I may play them a bit too, I’ve been having fun with Sera’s little family since Silas is the first toddler I played. He’s so stinking cute!
Silas has Lilah’s eyes! Dammit if the Sims 4 didn’t get genetics perfectly. This chapter made me want to cry. With these legacies, it’s hard to hold onto the memories of each generation, but it was like no time has passed as I saw each one through Yenn’s eyes. It was perfect that it ended with Ethan. Through all these generations, especially the early ones, I never would’ve guessed Yenn would be the heart/center of this story, but it’s perfect.
Okay, here’s my question. What made you decide to resurrect Yenn and keep her through the end of the story?
Aww thank you! Technically speaking Silas has Lorcan’s eyes – well, one of his eyes, that is 🙂
The main reason why I wanted Yenn to be resurrected (other than blatant favoritism) was that when I was looking at the official generational goals – night club, bar, lounge – I was worried the legacy would become a bit vapid in the later generations. I thought it was necessary to keep someone from the earlier days, someone wise who values the legacy deeply, to keep them all on track rather than turning the whole thing into a drunken rave. Yenn fit the bill well, and with her Amazon blood delayed aging, I knew her sticking around for so long wouldn’t be as odd, since she’s timeless. She was also a good candidate because while she cared baout the legacy deeply, she herself was never an heir, but had always formed a bond with the heirs. That way she could be detached enough but also involved.
Oh wow! Congratulations! It looks like I decided to catch-up just in time to finish! What a beautiful ending. Very well done on the whole thing and especially this chapter. It was a great way to wrap it up!
Haha yes, you have good timing! Thank you for reading, I’m happy you enjoyed it 🙂
Oh Plumbob! I’m so happy for you – hugest congratulations to you on completing this legacy! What a labour of love it was for you, and it’s wonderful to see the town and all the family flourish as they were named to be – really blooming! ❤
It's been a wonderful ride, and an even more fantastic story. Thank you for sharing this one with all of us. 🙂
Thank yo so much Ninjapiggy, you blasted through all those chapters! So happy you enjoyed the turbulent ride it has been and felt so attached to the characters! I know I’ve had a blast! Thank you for reading ❤
Thanks for this amazing legacy.
I loved every single chapter.
Thank you for joining along for the ride, I’m glad you liked it! 🙂
Bravo! What a journey it was! Congrats…I loved it!
Thank you for reading and sticking with me! 🙂
Wow!! I’m so impressed that you accomplished this! I’ve read your entire legacy and LOVED it! Thank you so much for the wonderful writing and screenshots. You should feel so proud!
I definitely got misty on that beautiful “recap.” Bravo!
Aww, thank you very much for reading and taking the time to comment, glad you enjoyed it so much! Writing this story has been such a big part of my life in the past year and a half 🙂
Wow, what an amazing and beautiful story! I think this is one of the best legacy stories I’ve ever read. You did such an amazing job, I fell in love with each and every one of your sims. I guess my only question is, what are you planning to do next? Congratulations on finishing your legacy!!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Glad you loved my sims as much as I do!
I’m planning to do a dark post apocalyptic story, so ever so slightly different 😀 It may be a couple of months before I’m ready to commit to another big project though, but do check back ever so often if that sounds like something you might be into, since it would definitely be hosted on this site again 🙂
Thank you so much for thisamd congratulations on such an accomplishment! Ugh I’ve gotten so attached to this family and I’m so sad to see them go, although I couldn’t hope for a more beautiful ending! What’s your EA/Origin ID?
Thank you! I got pretty attached to them too 🙂 I’d think of their lives as being more private now rather than them being gone (of course, that’s not including a few recent appearances in Ashes to Ashes 😉 )
My origin ID is ThePlumbobBlog 🙂
Hello! Very recently i finished reading all of the Bloomer legacy- (try late last night/early this morning) and i want to say thank you. because of reading this, I found a slight form of inspiration to finally do my Build Newcrest Legacy challenge, and while I’ll be using some Legacy and BNC Legacy rules, I really just want to see how it goes. I would really appreciate it if you could give me some feedback- I really look up to your writing and how you wrote every character- Including poor Yenn. Especially the end- some people are saying “I almost cried!” But, being the emotional guy I am, I actually had tears running down my face. Anyways- My blog is https://g95491.wordpress.com/ And again, I would greatly appreciate feedback from you- But don’t feel obligated or pressured to, I’m sure you get tons of people asking for feedback. Anyways, Thank you SO MUCH for following through with the Bloomers, from Kirk to Yenn and Ethan, and all the little ones.
Oh wow, what a reading marathon you must have had, and thank you for that huge compliment! I hope you have as much fun with the Build Newcrest challenge as I did (though let’s face it, by the end the story had nothing to do with the challenge and I ended up following zero rules haha!)
I did have a look at your legacy, I’m almost envious of you for being at that exciting fresh start stage! Hope you have loads of fun with it!
This is my first time commenting, but I’ve been reading this story since last October. I’ve always been a lurker, so I’ve felt kind of awkward coming out of my shell.
Anyway, this story had been one of my favorites for a long while, and while I’m sad to see it end, it seems fitting that this story would end with Yenn. You are a great author, and I hope to see more of the Bloomers in the future!
-A Shy Reader
Yay, thank you for commenting! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the story and that you stuck around 🙂 Yes, Yenn’s seen more than any if the other family members and was almost like an extension of the reader, so who better to conclude the story with? 🙂
I just finished binge reading this after starting a couple weeks ago. I’m so sad to see it done!!! It was a great story and I hope you write more in the future. What will I spend all my time doing now??
Aww thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the story, I’m sure I will write again sooner rather than later though it may be quite different. Thank you for reading! (And what an impressive binge reading feat!)
I just finished reading your great Legacy, and I really want to thank you. The Sims have been my hobby for many years, but only recently I started to discover all the great stories in the english forums and this is definitely one of my very favourites. It took me about a week to read it and I was really hooked up, just to be surprised it already ended. I liked the Lollipop Lair Gang the most, followed by Hallie, but all of your main characters were so individual and alive they should be mentioned as great. Thanks for this awesome legacy, and I really hope you continue writing whenever you find the time and inspiration to.
Thank you so much! It means a lot that you’re you enjoyed the story 🙂 Both the Lollipop Lair gang and Hallie were really fun to write – I keep switching my favorites haha!
I absolutely love your series. It has been one of my favorite stories to read. I know it’s silly of me but it felt like this story could go on forever if you let it…that’s the beauty of it I guess. Well done. I don’t really have any questions…well that’s a lie…I do but I want to leave them up to imagination. I think that’s what makes your story so great. It lives on regardless of whether or not you keep writing it.
Aww, thank you! I love that approach, and I agree – I wanted the ending to feel open enough to give a sense that their lives go on, rather than the story being complete and that’s that. Thank you! ❤️
Yes, I’m all done and my head’s still spinning from the ride. When I find a good story, I’m a sprint reader, lol. I also had a few days off since I’ve been feeling a little under the weather. Now, on to my thoughts.
1. Was the shit in the tone of narrative premeditated or just happened naturally? I mean, in the first 3 generations, the story seemed very aware of itself, or of the game. It was hilarious and took some weight of the tragic events, such as deaths. Of course I cared about the characters, but they were clearly the Sims to me. Then, gradually, they became fully-fleshed people. Even Cassiel, who once was kind of a grotesque character, got a serious storyline about giving up a child. Either way, I think it’s great you mixed things up.
2. I felt sympathy for the characters I didn’t like too much because of personal preference, and I got mad at the one I loved. They all made mistakes (that made them relatable) and all had redeeming qualities. If anyone ever challenges me to say something nice and negative about any Bloomer ( and company), I’ll be up for it. All thanks to the amazing character development.
3. My favourite parent-child relationship was between Liv and Monty. The way they cared about each other, communicated and had fun together was just endearing.
4. I actually like Astrid. She might have been the most tragic character. She dealt with her problems the only way she knew how. She was scared, scarred and depressed, I think. When she was talking about “monsters”, my heart broke. I’m not saying what she did wasn’t awful, it was and I don’t condone lying to your child, but I felt sorry for her too. In my opinion intentions do matter and hers weren’t bad. I’m glad she go to make some amends in the end, but I’m afraid she was deeply unhappy all her life.
5. I never hated Sera, though I disagreed with her a lot ;). Her transformation was beautiful and very believable.
6. I sided with Ralph in the break-up. I’m not saying Carly was wrong to get mad, but I thought she was too harsh . She acted like she didn’t even hear his explanation. Or like she didn’t know him by then. I guess what matters is that they ended up together 🙂
7. I’m speechless about Hallie’s orphanage. The most perfect heir and build ever. If only there was more places like this in the real world… I feel like crying, so I’ll change the subject.
8. So, out of the first 3 gen., Peter was my favourite. Gotta Love upbeat, resilient Kirk, but he lost some points when he handled Issac’s questions about Ruby all wrong. Handsome, romantic Captain Isaac was hard to top, but vulnerable Peter, who took care of Yenn, cared so much about his sister and started the family chronicles wins in the end. Loved them all, though.
9. Out of Gen. 4-6 Liv takes the cake. I can sympathize with Booker and the gym was amazing, but I can’t say he did a good job family-wise. I liked Monty, he was adorably supportive of his parents and I’m sure he tried his best with Astrid. Plum, he even made her the heir. But I’m totally in love in with Liv and not only because she was hot, but because of her strength to overcome her issues and come out at the top.
10. Between 7-9 I’d go with… Ralph? And Hallie if we’re talking strictly the heirs. Although, I really liked Vito, despite his douchbaggery. He had that artistic side I adore, liked minimalistic style and was a good father. Still, not the enough to top the orphanage, genuinely caring about the orphans and bonding with them the way Hallie did. The same applies to Sera and Carly. I try not to judge Astrid too hard and I loved her gallery. Nothing against Pauline, her decision to have 4 hairs was great. It’s just that I didn’t feel chemistry with her.
You said you’re interested in your readers opinions, so here it is. I hope I didn’t bore you to death. I really enjoyed this legacy, congratulations and thank you for your amazing work. I’m so happy I get to see what happens to Hope in A2A. I liked her since the beginning, but now that I know her roots, I feel an emotional connection.
If/ When you start another story, I’ll make sure to find it on time, not like two years too late :D.
I definitely do love to hear readers opinions, this is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to write all of this out, especially since I know your phone died the first time around!
1. That’s a really good question! I used to read a lot of simlit back in TS2 days, and the popular works from that time were usually quite funny and satirical, so going in, that was the writing style I associated with simlit. But I think once you’ve spent a certain amount of time, and got more comfortable writing, there are particular themes you start wanting to explore. Also, the further into the story I got the more time I allowed myself to spend on developing the characters and going deeper – purely because I was scared if I bit a bit too much to chew from the get go, I’d never finish. So in that sense, it was deliberate, I guess. My influences have changed, I grew as a writer, and after spending a long time with the family, they have a history which automatically adds more depth to them too. But yeah, even the first few generations had serious moments and themes, they would just often be mixed in with humor too.
2. That would be pretty neat! I like that you feel that way, that was essentially what I was going for 🙂
3. Ah, I loved those two! Monty became such a huge part of Liv’s life, and I adored their dynamic. Actually, the whole parenting setup with Malakai was fun to explore because Liv and him didn’t have that awkwardness/underlying resentment you’d get with actual exes.
4. I did not like her very much, but I did feel sorry for her, and I do agree that she was a tragic character (her and Cassiel both were, I reckon). Astrid made a huge mess of things and made a lot of bad judgement calls, but in the end the person she made the most miserable was herself, so i can’t help but pity her. You’re right, I don’t think she ever really found happiness, unfortunately.
5. Oh I’m glad 🙂 I’ve always had a soft spot for her – though I didn’t know her character development would end up being so profound!
6. I sided with both of them, weirdly, haha! I suppose as the author I had to be able to put myself in either of their perspectives. But yeah, Carly always kinda had this black-and-white type of approach, hence why she handled it so harshly, even though it wasn’t making her happy either. At the end of the day though, Ralph and her had to address their differences at some point for their relationship to actually stand a chance. Their breakup was definitely a wakeup call for both of them.
7. Thank you! I’m glad I didn’t stick with the generational tasks in the last generation, the orphanage was a perfect build for Hallie. (Fun fact – at the beginning of generation 9 I had absolutely no idea what either of the 4 heirs would build…)
8. Aww, peter was a sweetheart. I loved him and his geeky humor and gentle personality. Though I loved Isaac even more (I like the fiery ones :))
9. Liv was one of my favourite heirs. Her teenage experiences were very relatable to me and I had fun with the focus of her YA/Adult years – since the whole generation was about her friendships and her relationship with her son, more so than romance. It was a breath of fresh air.
10. Ralph is pretty cool. He was a reader submission and I felt very inspired by his traits and look, so he wiggled his way into becoming a major character, haha! Oh, and I loved writing Vito in his YA years (though he got on my nerves as a teen). There definitely was something endearing about him (and his good looks didn’t hurt either, loL!)
Thanks again for reading, and for going so in-depth with your feedback, I adored this comment!
SHIFT. SHIFT in the tone.
Hahahahaha! I figured, but this second comment is pure gold. Lol!
This was my first simlit ever and I just finished it over the course of about a month and now I want to cry. This is one of the best things I’ve ever discovered and I love each and every one of these characters. Just – thank you so much. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store, not just for the Bloomer family (though an occasional update might be nice, I totally understand if you want to take a break from the family after a year and a half), but for your sims in general. I adore your writing, all your sims – agh! There are no words to describe the love I have for this. Thanks you, again, thank you.
Aww, thank you so much! I’m flattered that you were so touched by the story 🙂 I haven’t played The Sims much lately, but I will get back into it eventually I’m sure.
I love u and your still stories! Please tell me you will be making another one day!!!
Thank you! Hopefully someday, yes, when I have the energy to delve into another longterm project 🙂
I’ve spent the last week or so reading this story from start to finish. It’s one of my favorites ever, in a way I’m glad I read it only after it was finished because it would have killed me to wait to find out what happened next xD
I love the characters so much, they were true to their traits and aspirations, but so fully fleshed out, and I’m curious whether you had an idea who they would be from the beginning or whether details about their personalities came to you as you were playing them?
Since TS2 days I’ve wanted to do a legacy challenge/story but never have. And advice for someone brand new to Simlit?
Job well done, reading this was an emotional rollercoaster I enjoyed every minute!
Hi, thank you for reading and I’m so glad you enjoyed the story! 🙂
No I didn’t really know where I wanted to go with characters from the get go, I would just think about their traits and behaviour, as well as their experiences to figure out how they would react, and go from there. It was just a natural progression – but I’m a firm believer in the make it up as you go approach, haha!
My main advice would probably be to write for yourself rather than for readers/comments/clicks. This especially applies for a long story like a legacy. You will spend a good chunk of time writing this (mine took a year and a half), and during that time you will gain readers and lose readers… so just make sure that you are enjoying what you’re doing, whether you get one comment or loads. If you are having fun while writing, your readers will be able to tell 🙂
Dear god i just read this in a week my heart hurts its hard to find good legacys and this is one of the best thank you for finishing it. So many so many good people cant finish them congratulations im gonna miss this
Aww thank you so much! Finishing the story was always important to me, I hate it when a legacy I’m enjoying suddenly cuts off halfway through. I possibly would have made some of the earlier generations longer, but I wanted to make sure they remained manageable so that I didn’t run out of themes to share. (Hence why I then went crazy long with the last generation – running out wasn’t going to be an issue with them being the last ones :)) Thanks again for reading and I’m so glad you enjoyed the ride!
Hello, I’ve just gone and binge-re-read the entire series, Oops. I dont know if you know yet, but the Oullette legacy was discontinued because i transferred the save to my moms laptop (sims 4 runs far smoother there, I’m envious) and never got it back and i cheated a bit and other things but i was coming to contact you about the possibility of using Hope in my San Myshuno Legacy? I understand if you don’t really want to share her (Jeez, if a stranger contacted me about using one of my Sims I’d be iffy on it I know but thats just me) and I’m unsure if she’d be a future love interest for my founder, as it stands if you agree I’m still trying to figure out my founder (ehe, Oops) but please dont feel pressured to share her, I’m just curious 🙂 Once again, I’m still an emotional wreck even with knowing how this all turned out, and again, you write this so well, Thank you
Aww that’s so neat that you reread it 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it all over again, and good luck with the new legacy endeavour!
Hope is already spoken for I’m afraid, she’s one of the characters in Ashes to Ashes. You should check it out, it’s a great story 🙂
Congrats on the best legacy ever! It’s been a pleasure reading it ❤
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I simply adore your story. I’m not a very emotional person, but you made me cry exactly four times while reading the Bloomer Legacy. This is the greatest compliment you could get from me – especially because you wrote some pretty dramatic story parts. Usually I prefer happy endings, so carrying in reading despite being so sad about some parts speaks highly about your talent as a writer and the wonderful piece of art that you created. If I have to pick a favorite character (you know, with somebody pointing a gun at me and forcing me to do it to survive) I’d pick Liv. I think I could relate to her struggles the most. If I’d habe to pick a favorite love story I’d go for Carly and Ralph. My favorite build would be the gym. My Favoriten sad story would be Vito loosing the love of bis life – despite his best efforts – although this one is really close with Cassiel’s death actually. I found her try to defeat loneliness by creating a clone even worse than her giving up her child and loosing her partner… I guess, I’m weird like that. The best chracter development would of course be Sera and Thank You! She did get her happy end after all. I also adored how Hallie developed and found her true calling in life. The besteht legacy related story would actually be the ‘This is our Newcrest’ photo exhibition. I just stared in awe at the brilliant and fitting idea.
I finished a Legacy years ago in Sims 3 before and comparing my blog to yours made me realize, I never tried to actually create a gold Simlit story. It felt just like a chore to geht Pointe and blog about it – which is extremely silly, singe I love writing. Thanks to you I’m giving it a second go now – this time story driven instead of gamedriven and although I only managed to arrive in Gen 2 now, I Mike the New blog far more than I ever liked the old one. Your story die this for me and I’m incredibly thankful for it. My life is better, when I write, but when times geht tough and I don’t have enough time to write, I forget. Thanks for reminding me and bringing me enjoyment in many lunch breaks and lonely evenings.
You asked for questions, so here is mine: Did you ever actually make money with the commercial buildings? I always struggle especially hard with galleries… So die you mostly buikd Vito’s for story reasons or did you actually use it to earn money?
Thanks for all of it and please excuse any weird typos – I’m writingsthi comment in a tablet with auto correction – but for Herman, which is my mother tongue – somit always tries to correct English into German which makes for some interesting typos in addition to my grammar struggles *giggles* – although probably none as funny as the shift typo in a comment above…
Hope to read more of you in the future
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You’ll probably never read this, sorry I haven’t exactly been active on here! But on the off chance you do, thank you for taking the time to read my story, I’m really happy you connected with it emotionally.The characters and plot points you picked as your favourites are some of my favourit too! I adored Liv, Sera really grew on me as she evolved and the sad stories you mentioned broke my own heart but I really enjoyed writing them…Also thanks for the compliment on the This is our Newcrest exhibition, felt like a fitting way for Vito to honour the legacy!
No I never really made money with the commercial buildings – the bakery would have been near impossible to keep up if the family wasn’t loaded. Though selling art generally tends to work well!
Thanks again for commenting (and well done on battling the autocorrect!)
Hello! So I’ve been binge reading this legacy over the course of the last two weeks and I just wanted to say – holy shit this was amazing! I got this link off the Build Newcrest site page and I also read Ashes to Ashes so it was a crazy surprise for me that Hope was THAT Hope! Also, if Louis was a person I would punch him. How dare he hurt my Vito!!!! I’m glad Vito gets his own version of a happy ending but I legit geared up when he proposed and got shot down. This whole story is exceptional. Congratulations on finishing it, it’s quite a feat. Especially with this amazing story attached to it! Also, I just recently discovered the Plum Tree app and it was like…everything came into full circle with your story and Hope and this amazing family tree thing. Amazing. Anyway. Ahem. I’m done now. 😂
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Sorry for the extremely late reply! Again, you’ll probably not read this, but thank you for reading my story and getting so passionate about it´s characters! I actually loved Louis, but I think after everything that happened between them Louis could never fully bring himself to trust Vito enough to get entirely invested in their relationship again. Guess he was just protecting his heart, and sadly broke Vito’s in the process – but it was Vito who planted the seed for that in the first place. I’d like to think they became friends later in life and did stay in each other’s lives to an extent, though not in a romantic context. They were both able to move on (mind you I just reread the story and I am not over them myself haha!)
Thanks again, and I hope you still use the plum tree app! 🙂
Cried. Of course. I was a sucker for Yenn and Ethan. And the whole darn thing.
Sorry it took me so long to finish it, but I’m glad I did. Amazing. I have loved your work from day one ❤ You're a gifted story teller. Thank you for this journey.
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Sorry it took me even longer to reply! 😀 I hope you are well Rosey, wherever life has taken you!
Totally worth the re-read and the tears again…Beautifully written my friend!
Aww thank you for re-reading! So glad you enjoyed the story – both times 🙂
I know I’m super late to your legacy, but I read it in two days and loved it. Is there any way you could add Alyssa’s house and Hallie’s orphanage to the gallery? Thank you for the great read.
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Hi, two days is quite a feat! I’ll see if I still have them – Alyssa’s house was just one of the generation two affordable houses with different furnishings, but I should still have the orphanage!
I accidently stumbled on your legacy as I was looking for the official rules for this challenge and in the reading list, clicked my way to this story… I must say, Bloomers inspired me truly to start my own legacy for Build Newcrest Challenge! (Ok, maybe I had decided for it already, but this really inspired me for going for it!) Anyway, thank you and congratulations for finishing! Your characters are wonderful and loveable, I experienced the whole range of emotions with them. Thank you again!
Thank you, that’s so neat you came across the story now, years later – I’m glad it was still a fun read, I poured my heart into these sims! 😊 Have fun with the challenge, it’s pretty rewarding to gradually male your own Newcrest and have the buildings have actual history to them.
❤ I read this over the course of a few weeks, and love it so much. You do such a good job of mixing reader feedback, whims, what you want, and just capture the characters perfectly. I loved reading this.
Aww thank you, I’m so glad you liked the blend!
Oh my gosh this was amazing and I am totally not crying!! *wipes away tears*
Thank you so much for reading, I’m glad you enjoyed it – and sorry for all the emotions I’ve put you through 😀
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Hey! I told you I was re-reading your legacy, and here I am, at the end. I think this might be my third read, because it is my all time favourite legacies! (I also love each and every one of your sims. Back when A2A was in gen 5, I was the one always commenting on how beautiful Hope was, lol.)
The first time I stumbled upon it, the site was going through its renovations, so I had to click each image link to see them. Then I left the sims community for two years. I returned around a couple of weeks ago, and was surprised to see this site up and running again, with a whole new ongoing story!
I am so happy you are still writing your wonderful stories. See you in the Blackwell Chronicles 🙂
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Aww, thank you so much! Gosh, Hope was beautiful! 🙂 I can’t believe you went through the trouble of reading while the pictures were broken and actually clicked one each to see them, wow! It actually stayed broken like that for quite some time – the image links stopped working after a server move, and the only way to reinstate them was one by one. I’m not the most patient person so I just left it, but last year, my husband (then fiancé) worked through them for weeks in secret and then surprised me on Valentine’s Day, because he’s awesome ❤
I took a very long break myself, longer then you I think! I only just started writing simlit again this June. It's lovely to see people returning to the community now 🙂 I hope you like the Blackwell Chronicles, it's definitely quite different from the Bloomers!
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Wow, what a great way to end the legacy. Looking at all the previous heirs and characters was so cool. Also, loved that it ended with Yenn still being there.
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OMG, hellooo! So nice to hear from you 🙂 I hope you’re keeping well. Totally made my day that you came back to finish reading the Bloomers, I think you were my first reader, or at least definitely one of the first ❤ Have you thought about getting back into simlit? 🙂
I cried the first time reading this and I cried again 😭 I love this story so much and will probably cry a few more times in the future! I truly hope I can be just as an amazing writer you are. And I’m thoroughly impressed with how you were able to get so many good screenshots when there weren’t as many packs out as now! Or mods lol
Did you base your pictures off the story or did you base your story off the pictures? I struggle between letting the game dictate the story and forcing my Sims into poses to match what I want the story to be lol
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Aww, thank you, that’s very kind! I’m glad you enjoyed the Bloomers, the story still has a special place in my heart 🙂 Ha, yes hard to believe we didn’t even have toddlers until the very end of the legacy!
With the Bloomers, I always played and just took pictures and then wrote the story after – though that’s not to say I didn’t have any direction in mind at all. But I definitely didn’t use any poses at the time – I did write a very different story that was mostly pre-written and using poses since, and both approaches have their merit I think, just depends on if you want to focus more on your experience as a player or if you have a very specific story you’re trying to tell 🙂
Thanks again for reading!