Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Week 3 Back In The Hood

The Bostics
Well, all four of my daughters managed to win scholarships to Sim State, so I am finding I have lots of time on my hands. I am so used to getting four little girls up in the morning for school, checking over lessons, and giving quick hugs as they run out the door to the school bus. I am essentially, alone in the Bostic house. Leah hasn't bothered to call or communicate in any way whatsoever. I decided to spend a little time talking to my neighbors; getting to know other folks in Prosperity Falls.

I met some really nice looking women. I met Marylena Hamilton, she had a great sense of humor and came by for a few laughs. Through our conversations, I learned she wants to have a large family. Mentally, I wrote her off my list as a possible companion. I cannot give her what she wants. I am at a time in my life where I am looking forward to being Grandpa. I did meet a great lady named Christy. She was passionate about her studies and her job; and seemed like a warm and giving person. We eventually started to share a little affection. But I really don't know how far that is going to go. I am not looking to start over again in a serious relationship.

My girls took a break from school and came by for Sunday dinner. I was so glad to see them. I could expect nothing different from them than the deans list! I never went to college, so I guess I sort of live through my girls.

I did find some time to work on my shape, and the house some. I found myself huffing and puffing while running down a suspect on the mean streets of the Falls, and decided I needed to beef up some. So I invested in a peice workout equipment. I parked it right beside my bed on the patio. I realized all that looked kinda crazy...my bed, my weightlifting machine, and the girls' chess set all right there outside on the patio, so I decided to get on the stick and hire an architect. I had another bedroom and a bathroom added to the second floor of the house. I moved my bed up there. I also bought some new duds, and added some flowers to our landscape. The girls aren't going to recognize this place when they come home from State!
The worse thing that happened was I almost burned everything down! Yeah, I was fixing my own supper one evening, I think it was Saturday night. No date for me...just me myself and I. I put a little cooking oil in the pasta water, and I guess some of it splashed out onto the stove. I panicked, I didn't know what to do. But luckily the batteries in the fire detector weren't dead, and it went off. Neil the fireman came and put out the inferno. I felt really low right then. I realized how much I really would like someone in the house. Again, I can't say it enough. I can't wait for the girls to come home.

The Stricklands
Landell's grandchildren Chevy and Shauntasia left for Sim State, leaving Marc-Henry and I all alone. I sort of thought Chevy was going to stick around and help out some but he decided to heed the call of the wild and was outta here.
It has been hard here for me without help. I had to hire a nanny to keep an eye on Marc while I worked. She treated Marc pretty well. I came home from work every day and he wasn't sitting in a dirty diaper and had a full tummy so I kept her around. I managed to get him potty trained and walking before he grew up. He is a happy child. He doesn't know about his dad, and barely knew his big sister, Shauntasia. They have both passed away.

Just because Landell is dead, doesn't mean I haven't seen him. I dream about him often at night, and he does vaporize every now and then and lets me know he still thinks of me. I miss him so. I also met Chevy and Shauntasia's mother, Carla. She haunts the house too. I like the fact she floats around and cleans up the place, I can use all the help I can get, even if it is an a ghostly form. I wonder when she comes out what she thinks of her children and the way the house is? It has changed alot since she died. We now have a second story. She nor Landell ever go up there. There were times though when it was real tough. I found myself pulling all nighters to study so I could get a job promotion. Then I would have to take a quick pick me up to get going again. I did manage to get a couple of promotions, I now am a general practioner. I want to be the big boss at the hospital; the Chief of Staff. I think I will make it with the support of my family.
I have been able to take some personal time and talk to my friends and get to know them a little better. Take a fella named Abhijeet that has been around the neighborhood for a long time. I hear he is a real womanizer. I have been friends with him for a while. But it seemed like he came around one day right when I was feeling my lowest. I was so glad to see him. I laid a couple of smoochers on him, but I hope he doesn't think anything of it. I am through with men.

Well, I think that is all. I am waiting for Chevy to come home. I hear he and Kirstee Bostic have gotten engaged. Hopefully, I will have everything in order around here when Chevy moves his bride in. I met Kirstee's dad Marquez a while ago. He wasn't happy because he thought I was peeking at him though my telescope. Ha! Wait until he has me for an in-law!


The Robbins
It is me Kamika! I get talked about an awful lot in Prosperity Falls, and in my defense, I told Timo I was going to speak this time! He agreed to step aside and let me tell my tale. It is true, Timo and I have been assigned to this blue planet to start a colony of the Anotothian people. Timo and I had to undergo many mental and physical changes to come here. I have spent my entire life an Anatoth being groomed to be the Queen on earth. Bah! I would rather lie with snakes.

On Anatoth I could have been great. I flew with the passion of the wind! Now I am here to be a fat cow, to have as many children as I can before my death. But for now, I have too much fun with the Earth peoples to think about bearing children and staying home. Timo, he is a fool. He has fallen right into the sceme of things from the King. He has asked that Earth woman, Meadow to bear children from his seed.
They are fools, both of them. If only it had been done the other way! If only I could be the one to merely spread seed, while Timo was the child bearer! Me, I must endure the pain and the ugliness of child bearing. I have been stripped of my ability to give another being a child. It is so unfair!

I have so much fun with the Earth men. I flirt with them, play with them, and lead them on. I have had so many lovers, I can hardly count them! Even Earth women cannot keep up with me. But, I am sad now. My fun is over. My ears healed, and then it happened to me. I am not sure which one it was, which lover. I have been impregnated with a child by one of them! Timo, he is angry. He started shouting, telling me this isn't the way it is done on Earth, that I should have gone through the traditional Earth marriage ritual first before making a child. I cried, I told him I did not know how it happened. Nothing in our studies on Anatoth prepared us for this.

Now, I must have this child, and perhaps with all Timo's learning and knowledge of earth chemicals and medicene, he will be able to determine who the lover is that gave this child to me. Then, I know what will happen. My fate will come to pass, and I will have to marry an Earth man. No longer will I feel the arms of a lover around me. I will see the same face day after day and forget about the wonderful spices Earth men have to offer.

Now I my belly is getting huge. No longer do I show off a wonderful slim waist that is so tasteful to the Earth men. How long will this last? I am ready for this child to come out!

The Capeharts
My family has come down in numbers since Jayrus left for college. It has been a time of both life and death. I am sad to say, my dear mother Tonaka passed away, leaving her sister (my aunt Payeria) in a nervous breakdown. I am so glad Jayrus happened to be here for her passing. It made everything so much easier.


She had a peaceful passing, but it was still sad. We buried her on the mountain where I had previously prepared a resting place for her. Aunt Payeria had been moping for days sad about the fact that she had never gotten married or had a family of her own, and had gone into a deep depression, teetering on the edge of a crying spell constantly. She had been so wonderful in dedicating her life to her sister, and Tonaka had had a great career as she is a learned woman; Payeria had stayed behind to assist in the raising of us kids. So when mom passed, it was too much for Aunt Payeria. She had a breakdown that lasted for a couple of days. She finally had to take to canvas to keep her fragile emotions under control.

It wasn't long before Aunt Payeria died as well. She had finally taken a job working in human restaurants. She came home from her job as a drive-thru worker one evening with a bad cold. I didn't think it was that bad. But alas, it was her time. Again, Jayrus happned to be here visiting at the time, and I was so glad to have my family around me. I buried Aunt Payeria on the mountain right above mom. I was sad, but then remembered something mom had always said, "Giovanni, as in the circle of life, in order for new ones to be born, others have to die".

Well, that is how it went. We now have two family graves on our new property. But let me now move on to more refreshing news about my family. This is happier information! I am proud to say, I finally have a new kitten. Her name is Janelle, and she is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, but then I have said that about every kitten born to me. Here is her picture, and a picture of my wedding. I married my beautiful gardener lady, Calista.

I know I was having that torried affair with Kamika, the un-human woman I had met. I still have thoughts about her, but I am glad she is out of my life. I did hear that she has mothered a child. I do wish her well. Calista is a gentle-woman and agreed to mother my kitten right away. She put some of her wants and desires on hold for now. I have also gotten promoted in my job in the human military. I am now a Commander. My life is moving along smoothly. Jayrus has two more years of college, then he will be moving here with his new bride Tosha. I do not know how long they will stay. I understand they want a family as well.

Speaking of my other kittens. Mercedes has met a wonderful boy from the neighborhood, his name is Ricky. They seem to get along real well, and I can see that Mercedes really likes him. He is on the verge of leaving for college, and I think Mercedes will go with him as well. I am glad my kittens are thinking of following in Jayrus's footstep. Trevaus has met a nice girl named Nichole in the local electronics store.

Trevaus finds every opportunity he can to go to Four Winds Shopping hoping she is working so he can see her and talk to her. I can vouch for Four Winds, it is a great place to meet women. I met my own Calista there just a few short weeks ago. I do have trouble getting Trevaus to sit down and work on his studies. I want things to be easier for him when he goes to Sim State. Perhapes Nicole will be there was well to keep him company.

This is the end of my report for now. Perhaps next time there will be another new kitten!


Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Kids Start University


If you have been keeping up with the trials and tribulations of the residents of Prosperity Falls, you are keen on the fact many of the teens had thoughts of attending Sim State. Some, like Chevy Strickland, didn't think he would go. He thought he wanted to stay home and help his step grandma and take care of his new infant uncle, Marc-Henry. But isn't the truth, things have a way of changing.

All but two of the eligible teens in Prosperity Falls took flight to the freedom of the Sim State campus, and two of Prosperity Falls townie teens went as well. No more listening to mom and dad, no more helping to care for younger siblings. College has opened up a whole new world of trial and tribulations. The kids split up into three residences. Firstly, we will look at Group 1. Chevy and Shauntasia Strickland, along with Jayrus Capehart and the love of his life Tosha Go rented a lovely house together to begin their new adventure.


The kids, at the end of their sophomore year are all carrying an A+. It hasn't been easy. Even though the kids had alot of growing up time in the Falls before beginning at State, their skills were slim because of the hard life they had endured before taking off to college. But they are making it.

The romance that was nothing but a bud between Chevy and Kirstee back in Prosperity Falls bloomed into a large fragrant rose at State. Kirstee took a dorm room with her sister Morgan-Rose (group 3) and comes to see Chevy every chance she gets between studies. Needless to say without the restraints of the parental eye, they have partaken of all those adult intimacies that adults do. Both Chevy and Kirstee want graduation to hurry and come as they both are anxious to start a family. Kirstee is studying Literature, and Chevy being a long and hard thinker, was given the major of Philosophy.
Jayrus and Tosha took the largest room in the rental, and set up a brand new double bed. They snuggle together every night after a day of running and studying. Jayrus is studying Biology, and Tosha is studying Literature like Kirstee. Giovanni is so proud that Jayrus is studying bio. He might be able to fix the problem with the homeland the Snow Leopard people came from. How did the toxins invade their land? What is it, and how does it kill the snow leopards? Chevy's sister Shauntasia hasn't fared so well.


Shauntasia had the most skill in mechanics of everyone in the house, but it wasn't enough. She was shocked to death while repairing the stereo. She desperately needed it to be making music as she was going to have a party that afternoon. Being that she was a popularity sim, parties were a big part of her life. Chevy is now the only original Strickland left in Prosperity Falls. He knows now more than ever he must carry on the name.
Moving on to group 2. Here we have Ramey and Panchionetta Bostic, and Ramey's friend Meadow Thayer. The girls rented a smaller house, and crowded three twin beds, a computer desk and a chess table w/two chairs the the one room upstairs. But downstairs, there is plenty of room for parties! The girls are adept and throwing the most successful parties at Sim State. Ramey and Pachionetta being knowledge Sims prefer to study first and foremost, but after the books are put away it is time to have fun! The girls break out the food and music and burn up the telephone lines inviting friends over.
Meadow does her studying, but has her mind on other things.
The term paper she must write every semester is not foremost in her mind like it should be. The first semester, Meadow had it hard. She had no skills whatsoever, and couldn't keep in a good mood to do her studies. The Bostic girls eventually ended up doing virtually all of Meadow's school work so she could work out of her dark funk. One day, someone came over and all Meadow's troubles were over.
Meadow and Timo Robbins had had many conversations together back in Prosperity Falls. Meadow found him to be a fascinating and unusual man. When Ramey and Pachionetta had one of their first parties, Meadow invited Timo to come. It was as if she were drawn to him by his scent, by his aura. She feels down deep inside there is something with Timo she has no control over.

Moving on to group 3, Kirstee and Morgan-Rose Bostic. Kirstee's big news is she and Chevy got engaged to be married as soon as graduation was over. The two lovers couldn't wait to declare their love for each other, and bound themselves to each other right away.
Morgan-Rose had quite an experience late in her sophomore year. Now, Morgan-Rose is a romance sim. She wants to know all the guys, and spends large amounts of time getting to know them. That is why one night she couldn't understand why this particular even took place. Why, she was so nice to everybody! Why would a stranger drag her out of bed an slap handcuffs on her?

She was spoken too loudly and roughly. Her instructions were to leave the dorm in an orderly fashion. Not to make a fuss; and to quietly get in the long black stretch limo waiting outside. She did as she was told; and rode for what seemed like hours in the middle of the night. She began to shiver in her thin nightgown. She began to wonder on who's bad side she had gotten on?

When she arrived at her destination, she quickly slid out of the limo. Yes, it was a nice ride, but now she was more curious as to where she was. She recognized many of the kids she had talked to on campus and had fun with. They gathered around her in a friendly fashion and welcomed her to the Secret Society. They gave her a black jacket like she saw so many of the students wearing around campus, then she realized what it was all about. It was a secret club! And they were letting her in. Morgan-Rose felt special! The kids she had seen every day now seemed different, in a way. She immediately started thinking she needed to get her sisters into this club, and began devising a way to do it.

Now, the Young Adults of Prosperity Falls are at the end of their sophomore year, and stand on the brink of starting their Junior year. Here we will break from the campus life, and see what is going on back in the Falls. Is Marquez Bostic still worrying himself silly about his girls? How is Brandy Strickland doing raising little Marc-Henry all be herself? And the Robbins? Is their ears healed yet, and has Kamika gotten her libito under control? Has Timo convinced his earth woman marry him yet and bear the first Anotothian child in Prosperity Falls? And the Capeharts...has poor Giovanni gotten his kittens?

Until next time!~

Monday, June 20, 2005

The Capeharts, Chapter 1


I am Giovanni Capehart, and my mother Tonoka moved us here as our habitat had become toxic through man's pollution. We found a small peice of property that reminds us somewhat of our land; it has a small mountian and lake, with plenty of trees and grasses. You see, we are of a different species; we are half snow leopard. While we have some physical characteristics of man, we have the skin and heart of a wild cat. Thus, we prefer living and sleeping under the stars.

I have three children. My teen aged son Jayrus, my toddler son Trevaus, and my toddler daughter Mercedes. My dear wife Antoya died from the toxins in our land. We knew we needed to leave before any more of my family became sick. My mother's sister, Payeria also came with us. Here we begin our story of our lives in Prosperty Falls. Please enjoy.



Even though we are living amongst humankind, the first mammal I met was not a human at all. Her name was Kamika. My keen cat sense knows a human when I smell one, and she was not human. But she was the most beautiful being I had ever met. I met with her many times, both in my home and hers. Soon, my heart was gone to her; and I began having thoughts I wanted to make kittens with her. I have three children, my desire is to have three more. Even though I had done the mating ritual with her, there was something she was holding back from me and I couldn't sense what it was. She seemed aloof and playful at the same time, perhaps it was that she really didn't want to get close to me. But I decided to wait.
I love my children; they have adapted very well to the move here. Everyday they go to school with human children, and come home and do their lessons given to them by their teachers. My son Jayrus even held down a job in the medical field. I wished that he did not need to make any income for the family, but funds were tight after purchasing our land. He would come home from school, do his lessons, leave for work, then come home to sleep. The next day he would do it all over again. I am so proud of my son! However, he did find time to bring home a friend from work one day. I was glad he seemed to be meeting other mammals.



Jayrus brought home a human girl by the name of Tosha Go. Jayrus and Tosha are, what you say...dating? Going steady? I am glad he has found a soulmate. My only regret is that she is not Snow Leopard. But then, we are the only Snow Leopard family in this region; we will not find any more of our own to marry and make families.

That brings my thoughts to Kamika, and the possible life we could have together. My feline senses are told me I must find another mate. Kamika would never be forthcoming about her reasons for avoiding the subject of talking about spending our lives together. When we were together, I avoided giving her kittens less I make a terrible mistake! I might not ever see her again, or my kittens since she would not marry me. Because of that, I decided to strike out and find another mate.



I went to a place called Four Winds Shopping. There always seemed to be many humans there. I wasn't long when I smelled the earth on this woman when she passed by me. Immediately I was drawn to her. She smelled of soil, and grasses, and flowers. I felt an inner yearning for my homelands. I boldy introduced myself to this amazing creature. She smiled slightly, and introduced herself as Calista, the gardener. I knew it! She worked with and loved the soil. Of it's own accord, my mind began to immediately fill with images of Calista great with my kittens. Privately, I started to improvise a plan to make Calista my wife at that exact moment. I had no doubt she was The One.



Calista was heavy on my mind the next afternoon when Kamika came by for one of her mating visits. For the first time, I did not feel the burning desire to feel her skin or inhale the intoxicating female aroma that floated around her. We made small talk for a while. Kamika seemed confused that we did not bed right away like usual. She gently tugged my wrist toward our mating place, and I whispered no...I had found another. One I could have a life with.

A sudden blazing angry passion flared up in her beautiful golden eyes, she jerked her hand away from mine, leaving a bloody trail. She slapped me with a painful force I had never felt before. And she was gone, just like that. I was left wondering how I was ever attracted to her surrealistic beauty. I wondered how many others had fallen into her trap. Then, the black cloud lifted that been smothering my heart, and I knew I was finally free to openly pursue Calista.



The time came For Trevaus and Mercedes to grow up. My children were getting older, and soon I knew they would be leaving the land I had bought. Mercedes confided to me she had plans to meet many people and learn as much as she could about this place of Prosperity Falls. I was so glad. But my other son Trevaus, I was concerened about. He had heard Kamika speak of all the humans she had been with, and he thought that might be the life for him, meeting as many females has he could. I began to think I had not done a good job raising my children. My heart was getting heavy. Then, Jayrus changed all that the next day.



My son Jayrus had been extremely studious and hard working since we moved to Prosperity Falls. I knew he held a private desire to go to Sim State, but had the fortitude not to discuss it since our funds were so tight. I came home from my job as a Flight Officer with the human military, and Jayrus approached me with an acceptance letter he had received that day for State. The grander thing was, he had earned a full scholarship because of his academic prowess! I thought I was going to burst with pride. I found Calista, and now my son was going to college. Things appeared to be on an upswing for me and my family. That night, he packed his bags and was gone.



Now it is just Trevaus and Mercedes here, and I have my mother and my aunt. My elders will leave this earth soon, and I have prepared a resting place for thier bodies up on the mountian on our property. That is where I want to rest, with my Calsita by my side.

Mercedes has been studying hard so that she might get a scholarship to State like her older brother Jayrus. Trevaus runs to the street and meet every female that comes walking by our place, adult, or teen. I am concerned right now, but I am sure he will come around. The next time I speak with you, I hope to be able to say I finally have my new kittens. Until Next time.

The Robbins, Chapter 1


I am Timo! I am the male of my species that has been sent forth by the King of Anatoth to the blue planet Earth to spread my seed and start a colony of Anatothian peoples. The other being standing beside me is my sister, Kamika. Our world Anatoth is slowly disintegrating to a vast nothingness, and the king wishes that we should all not perish. Kamika and I were chosen to carry on our population because of our beauty and our knowledge of survival.


 
We have had to get used to many things on Earth. Firstly let me say we studied for many years on Anatoth to learn the ways of the Earth peoples before coming here . We think we can fit in niceley without being noticed too much. No one must know we are from Anatoth! We eat mostly something called Ramen noodles, it reminds us of our nourishment on Anathoth. And we have had to get used to the weight of our bodies, and the wearing of clothes.

One thing we cannot do is alter our appearance. Our ears are different then Earth peoples. In my species, our ears act as extra senses during mating; when our seed is spilled, our ears are the vehicle to transport the seed to its home in the incubator's body. Earth people will not notice this subtle act. Our ears act as the portal in which a new Anatothian child is born as well. We have had to generate a curtain, a vision if you will, that will eminate from Kamika's belly to portray the birth of an Earth child when she gives birth to the first Anatothian child, so the Earth people will think nothing different.



On Anatoth, we were groomed from birth for our mission on Earth. Kamika and I were very restricted to our studies and could not interact with our species, less we accidentally incubate one of our kind. Yes, on Anatoth, both sexes carry seed, and both sexes can give birth. We had to learn the ways of population on Earth. Therefore, I will initiate incubation, and Kamika will birth here. Her ability to spill seed was removed from her ears just before leaving Anatoth, and my ability to birth was removed as well, so as to make us more like the Earth peoples. We must wear our instruments at least thrice weekly to continue the healing in our heads; soon we shall be ripened enough to begin population.

My sister Kamika has taken this freedom she has found in a bad spirit. She has always been a wild one, and balked at her life's training for her mission with me here on Earth. She is full of resentment. Eveyday I have to prod her to go to her Earth job as a Superstar in the Earth career of Athletics. She has found she extemely enjoys the company of Earth men. Since she no longer spills seed, she has found the company of males extremely satisfactory and tends to spend her time in the Earth act of mating with different ones. I see it as her rebellion to the whole mission. I have not informed the King of her actions, as it might spoil our race.



I have chosen to continue my studies on Earth. Daily I study the stars in a telescope I brought with me from Anatoth, and I study the medical journals of the Earth peoples. I find human anatomy fascinating. I am working as a general practioner of medicene and treat humans daily. I have met many Earth females and am only waiting until the healing in my ears is through before I chose a mate and begin procreation. I am focused to our mission; however sometimes I feel burdened in keeping Kamika focused as well.



Kamika feels as long as she can continue her work in athletics there is no harm in laying with different Earth men. There is one named Abhijeet. He is very much like her, he lays with different Earth women. I have made it known to Kamika his seed would not make good stock to continue our race, we do not want his genetic tendencies to be in our DNA. 


There is another Earth man she is interested in named Giovanni Capehart. He is half snow leopard. While Giovanni wants to populate lots of earth children, again, I told Kamika his race is not suitable for us because of toxins in his blood. During my studies of medicene, I have learned the snow leopard peoples were polluted with toxins in their home environment, thus the move to Prosperity Falls. We cannot chance our new Anatothian race to be sickened with disease!



I do approve of one named Pao. He brings us our earth mail. Kamika has not lain with him, but she has spent numerous hours talking and laughing with him. I am hoping I can pursuade Kamika to chose him as her lifetime Earth mate. He is a learned man and does not seem to be self centered like Abhijeet, or sickened like Giovanni. She is also interested in another, the gentleman who has come to repair our plumbing. He is called Waylon. I have not met him personally, but I have heard Kamika speak of him. But at any rate, in the end I will not be able to choose her mate. It is entirely her decision.



As I mentioned before, I have met many Earth females, and have only to choose one for my mate. I have met Panchionetta Bostic, Ivy Copur, Meadow Thayer and Shauntasia Strickland, to name some of my acquaintances. I believe I know which one I would like to mate with, I speak with her everyday on the telephone. She seems of good DNA stock, and wishes to have many children. But, my ears are not through healing. When they are qualified to be operational, I will mate. I have done the mathematics, and I believe they will be healed right about the time I reach the top of my Earth career. By then, perhaps I will have convinced the Earth female to bear my Anatothian child.

Later, I hope to report the birth of our race. Until next time.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Stricklands, Chapter 1


Hi Ya, I am Chevy Strickland? I am the little kid in the picture, there? Well I guess I have to introduce you to our family? It is kinda sad because you see my grandpa there? And my mom too? In the picture? Well, they are both dead. Me and my sister Shauntasia had it real hard when we first came to Prosperity Falls. "Prosperity" my stinky foot! Like, this town has done nothing prosperous for us?

My mom's name is Carla. Well, she never even set foot in the house when we came here? She found a shiny pair of scissors in the yard and cut herself on 'em somehow while my grandpa Landell was gettin' me and Shauntasia settled in the house. We were just little kids then? Like, I really don't remember much about her. But we made a nice plot for her out in the back corner of the yard? Lots of pretty flowers and stuff, you know...like moms like.



My grandpa Landell was real used to having mom around to take care of us and stuff. So like when mom passed, he wanted some adult company you know? He met this chick, Brandy LaTourneau. I guess they really got it on good and stuff, and before I knew it, they was gettin' hitched out in the yard. He said somethin' about us needin' someone around when he goes to visit Carla. I didn't know what that meant, but all I knew was we was gettin' another mouth to feed in the house. Grandpa didn't make but $77 a day on his pension check. It was like NO MONEY to do nothin'. He insisted me and Shauntasia concentrate on our school work? So no paper route for me or nothin'?

Well, I didn't know it, but Brandy had some money that she gave my grandpa. He fixed up the house real nice, and bought Shauntasia a piano she had been beggin' for. I was glad to get that. Grandpa said it was a birthday present for both of us? We had our birthday on the same day that grandpa announced Brandy was gonna have a kid. Here are our birthay pics:



That's mine. Well, when we grew up, grandpa told us we had to decide right then what we were gonna do with the rest of our lives. I was like, man, you gotta be kidding? Well I had to say somethin' real quick...and I thought about grandpa sayin' that Brandy was gonna have a baby, and so I just spit out I wanted to get married and have a kid? Grandpa nodded his head ok, and he smiled a little bit. I think I said the right thing?



Here is Shauntaisa's birthday pic. She had a couple of her friends over? Standin' beside her, that's Ramey Bostic? She is gettin' ready to go to Sim State? Sittin' on the couch back there, that is Timo Robbins, and then there's that irritating little kid that just never seems to shut up? I see 'im all around the neighborhood all the time and stuff.

When grandpa asked Shauntasia what she was gonna do with the rest of her life, she said she wanted to make as many friends as possible so she could, like, get a real good job, you know? I dunno how that set with grandpa, he just shook his head. Then he gave a big long lecture. *clearing throat, and lowering voice to sound like grandpa* "One does not reach success, my dear, by whom one knows. One is successful by good old fashioned HARD WORK!" I 'bout laughed my butt off, and Shauntasia got mad and went outside and sat with Ramey and talked for a while and left the rest of us alone.



Well, I was like, glad we had that big party, you know? Because the next day my grandpa died. Yep, just like that in the back yard. He croaked while he was paintin' a picture. When that happened I knew what grandpa meant when he said me and Shauntasia needed somebody around when he went to visit mom? All me and Shauntasia had then, was Brandy and that baby she was gonna have? All of a sudden, Brandy seemed really cool. There she was, livin' with two teen agers she wasn't even related to by blood, and pregnant. She quit her high on the hog job as a chef and came to live with us to take care of us.

Man, I really started thinkin' different about her then? One time she told me she really wanted to work in a hospital? So she got a job workin' on an ambulance, but she couldn't start until after the baby came? I was glad she was gonna do something that was gonna make her happy, after losin' grandpa and all. She really did love him.



Finally, Brandy had her baby. She named him Marc-Henry, and proclaimed Marc as the first baby born in Prosperity Falls. She said Marc didn't look anything like grandpa, but I can see grandpa in Marc's eyes? It sure is weird having a baby in the house.



Man, it sure felt right holding this baby? Like I started believin' that what I said on my birthday was true? That I wanted to settle down after graduation and have a family? But then I thought of the weirdest thing? This baby Marc-Henry was really my Uncle Marc-Henry! I kinda looked at him in a different way then? Should I act like a nephew around him, or should I just treat him like any other kid? Man, that is kinda messed up?



I guess grandpa won't ever let us forget him, the old fart. Shauntasia has gone crazy wantin' to exercise all the time, and was out back on the treadmill, you know? And like, all of a sudden, there was grandpa! He really did scare the pee right outta Shauntasia! We used to see mom all the time, but she hasn't been around lately? But that is the only way I can think of her, as a ghost? But it's like now we have two tombstones in our yard? Brandy put a nice iron fence around them, she said, it was like out of respect for the dead?

Man, I think I have told you everything about my family so far in Prosperity Falls? Me and Shauntasia haven't made up our minds or not if we are gonna go to State. I am kinda thinkin' Brandy is gonna need somebody around to look after Uncle Marc? So I might not go? And just get a job after high school and stuff. Oh I did forget to mention this?



I met Ramey Bostic's sister, Kirstee? Man, she is the bomb! I get to feelin' all weird and stuff when I talk to her? She isn't like any other girls I know? She just seems to like all the same stuff I like, and she laughs at my jokes? She even has these cute little freckles all over her skin, and I like said, they looked like angel kisses? Kirstee blushed real deep when I said that, and then she smiled so pretty? Well, I can't wait to go out with her, man. There's just somethin' about her!

Maybe next time Shauntasia can tell ya? See ya around?