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11: McMaster – ‘Follow You Down’

Patrick McMaster (Elder), Noreen McMaster (Elder),  Philip McMaster (Young Adult), Bianca Ornelas (Young Adult), Mark McMaster (Young Adult)

Philip McMaster wasn’t nervous as he greeted his long-time best friend, Luis Martel.  He was getting married within the hour, but he was cool as cucumber.  Outside, the temperature was rapidly dropping and it had been snowing for hours.  Winter had just barely begun and already, they knew it was going to be pretty harsh.

“You’re next!”  Philip joked, giving Luis a friendly jab.

“Not until it’s warm,” Luis said, glancing at the open door as another blast of cold air entered the room.  Oskar shuffled in and closed it behind him.  Luis shivered.  “I’ll never get used to the cold.”

Philip laughed.  “You’re in the wrong neck of the woods for warmth, man.”

Juliet and Catherine McMaster had graduated the summer before and were already in a house of their own.  Catherine had surprised everyone by running off to join the military shortly after the ceremony.  Now she was back in town and Juliet was at her side, as always.  The two arrived together in a bluster of cold air and snow.  They were happy to shed their heavy coats and get into the swing of the festivities.

“We’re going to party after this,” Juliet said to her sister with a smirk.  “A celebration for surviving boot camp!”

Catherine shook her head and laughed.  “I’m still on duty, sis.  I can’t run off and get drunk.  I’ve got to be in early tomorrow for drill.”

Before the ceremony began, a surprise guest popped up and snatched Patrick away.  They spoke in hushed voices away from everyone else.  Clark was good about keeping himself hidden.  The fact that he had come at all spoke volumes of the importance of the matter at hand.

“Congratulations are in order, I suppose,” Clark offered with a small smile.  “It’s a shame that business brings me here to interrupt it.”

“What’s going on?”

“I wanted to tell you this in person,” Clark began with a weighted look, “I think it’s time that you retired.”


“For your own good, Patrick.  Things are getting… heated.  There may be an agent onto us.”

Patrick couldn’t say he wasn’t happy, but he couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something Clark wasn’t telling him.

Still, there was little time to mull over it.  His eldest son was getting married.  He left Clark and sat down next to Noreen and watched the proceedings.  He managed not to cry, but Noreen wasn’t so lucky.  Her health hadn’t been good as of late, but the look on her face as she watched Philip and Bianca made it seem as if she’d never fallen ill at all.

It was bittersweet.

It had been a long, curving road, but Philip wouldn’t change it for anything.  Gwendolyn had been his first love, but Bianca would be his last.  Things between them just fell together so perfectly.  She softened all of his hardened edges and made him a better person for it.

Philip never thought he’d say it, but Gwendolyn breaking up with him was the best thing that had ever happened to him.  It led him to Bianca.

Patrick hugged his tired wife tightly, trying not to notice how heavily she leaned against him.  She needed to rest.  It was so hard to see her like this, so deflated and lifeless.  Her already pale skin was as white as sheet paper these days.

“I’m so glad I got to see this,” Noreen admitted softly, her eyes misting over.  “I was so afraid I wouldn’t.”

“Don’t say things like that,” Patrick chided her, trying to hide his own worry.  “We’ve still got plenty of life left in us.  What about the grandchildren?”

Noreen laughed, but it was weak and low.  “Oh, if only… they’ll much such wonderful children, Patrick.”

The rest of the day went off without a hitch.  Well, except for Juliet having a little too much to drink and Catherine having to help her out the door as she loudly sang some obscene sea shanty she’d picked up somewhere.  It would never cease to amaze them how the genius one ended up being so wild.

Little could rain on Philip and Bianca’s parade, though.  They were in wedded bliss.  Even the blizzard that loomed over them couldn’t damper their mood.

Unfortunately, a week later, tragedy struck.  Laddy, their faithful dog, died.  She’d been old, old enough to remember when Sheila was still alive and the family was destitute.  It was time.

That didn’t make the loss any easier to take, however.

Noreen was particularly distraught.  In the past few years, Laddy had been closest to her.  Things had only intensified when her illness sprang up.  She was in bed a lot and Laddy would lie with her while she read a book.  Now, she was alone in the room with only the silence to greet her.  It was deafening.

Between winter and the blizzard, Philip had little to do outside, so he was kept cooped up in the house most of the time.  This was all right with him, as it only allowed for more time to spend with Bianca.  He was usually so busy during the day that he wouldn’t come into the house until six in the evening.

They had turned down their chance at a honeymoon, too concerned for Noreen’s fragile state to go jet-setting anywhere.  For them, it was enough to just spend time together.

Mark remained behind when his sisters moved out.  They had tried to drag him along, but he refused.  With Noreen sick and Patrick too old to help out anymore, someone had to help Philip with the horses.

It was an excuse, of course.  Mark just didn’t want to leave.  He spent most of his time on the computer, writing things he’d never send to publishers.  It was something he’d done for the past few years.

He knew everyone thought he was a fool for turning down Lily, but he did it because he cared.  He’d only bring Lily down.  She deserved to have every chance to succeed.  The only way she’d have that was without him.

When he wasn’t writing or helping Philip, Mark was loafing around the house.  Bianca made a few joking comments, but was never harsh, and usually defended him when his family ripped on him for not doing something with himself.  Philip simply rolled his eyes.  Patrick eventually gave up on needling him entirely.

This left Mark free to eat cereal and watch television in his pajamas until he was so sick of it he couldn’t stand it any longer.

Philip didn’t spend the entire winter lounging around.  As soon as the blizzard cleared, he made sure the horses got plenty of exercise.  He even managed to get Drifter trained enough to allow others to ride him.

Before winter had begun, Philip had contracted a barn to be built for the horses.  It wasn’t finished until the blizzard cleared, but at least now, the horses would have a safe place to rest.

It was in that very barn that another tragedy happened.  Patrick was working on fixing the leaky watering trough while Bianca and Noreen helped mop up the mess.  They’d told Noreen to stay in the house, but as was her stubborn way, she refused to listen.  Everything was going fine until Noreen let out an audible gasp.

She collapsed into the a heap on the floor.  The paramedics arrived only to announce her dead.  There was nothing that could have been done.  Her body had simply run out of life.

It hit the entire family hard.  Philip was more thankful than ever to have Bianca.  His normally tough facade was all but destroyed in the wake of his mother’s death.

They gathered at the funeral, despite the snow, and watched as Noreen was interred next to Sheila.

Mark kept his distance from the proceedings.  He felt grief differently than his siblings did.  They hugged and comforted one another while he preferred to be alone with his thoughts.  It was just so difficult to think that he would never again hear his mother’s voice nagging him to pick up his clothes or go get a job.

Even worse, he’d never get a chance to redeem himself in her eyes.  It was a sobering thought.

The winter months that followed were full of mourning and gradual change.  Bianca declared that the family needed a lift in spirits and took to redecorating the ‘drab decor’ that had been present from when Patrick was a child.  A new coat of paint and some new flooring did wonders to give the place a little cheer despite what had happened.

If Bianca felt strange being the only female in the house, she didn’t act it.  She took on the role of matriarch easily and had little issue bossing the others around–in a maternal way, of course.  It was difficult to take anything Bianca said to be hateful, not with her soft voice and pleasant accent.

The house wasn’t the only thing changing.  Bianca had been acting a little oddly in the wake of Noreen’s death and not out of grief.  Philip hadn’t wanted to say anything–mentioning a woman’s weight was a surefire way to get slapped.  Instead, he simply avoided the topic all together and spoke of better things–like a vacation.

“There’s a really nice place called Sunset Isles and with all the money I’ve gotten from racing–”

“That’s not going to happen, Philip.  I can’t travel right now.”

“What?  Why not?”

“Because I’m pregnant,” Bianca said as Philip was in mid-bite.  He stopped cold.  “I just found out the other day.  I’m due in the summer.”

Philip blinked.  “You’re serious?”

“No, Philip.  I just thought that getting fat sounded amazing and so I’ve been eating everything in sight.”

“Well,  I wasn’t going to say anything–”

Bianca sighed.

“I’m kidding,” Philip added with a laugh.  “That’s amazing, Bianca.  We have to tell dad!”

While his brother was celebrating the impending addition to the McMaster clan, Mark was spending time away from the house.  He’d run into Rosalind shortly after the funeral and they’d hit it off.  He remembered her from high school–she’d always been nice to him, but a horrible wretch to Lily.  That was old news now.

It was nice to have someone to pal around with.  Mark kept his distance from most people, but Rosalind drug him out of his shell much like Lily had.  She was just as headstrong and a definitely as fiery.

As Bianca’s pregnancy progressed, Philip became more and more enamored with the idea of being a father.  He wanted a boy, while Bianca was hoping for a girl.  Either way, they’d be happy to welcome to the baby.  The anticipation was killing Philip.  Bianca would be surprised if he didn’t burst before summer came.

Patrick was equally as thrilled about the news.  He didn’t get long to relish it, however.  His phone rang and he answered it without bothering to check the caller ID.  Since he’d ‘retired’, no one random called his phone anymore.

‘Hello, Patrick.


‘You remember me, I’m touched.’

Patrick’s eyes narrowed.  “Why are you calling me?  I’m not working anymore.”

‘So I’ve a heard.  Such a shame.  We need to talk.’

“I told you, I’m out–”

‘It wasn’t a request.  I’ll text you the location.  Be there.’


Whew.  Sorry if things were jarring and all over the place.  I was trying to ensure this update didn’t take forever.  I feel like winter is lasting an eternity for some reason.  Geeze!

Philip and Bianca are married.  It seems quick, but with seasons, you’ll get a better sense of the passage of time now, maybe?  I’m not sure.  I’m still trying to figure out how my ‘aging’ works with it.  I’m not trying to mimic real life stuff here, so at least there’s that.  I’ve also decided that I HATE TS3 weddings.  No one does what they’re supposed to and people randomly leave.  It’s annoying.

This is the first non-classic snowman I’ve had in my game–the grim reaper snowman!  I was so excited!

Noreen rolled death on the second day of this round.  :(  That’s also why the wedding was so soon.  I didn’t want her to miss it.  Patrick is still hanging on… so far.

Not sure how, but this happened.  Rosalind thinks Mark is pretty smokin’.  Actually, most girls do.  It’s kind of weird.  They get along really well.  I’m so mad, you guys.  I want Lily and Mark together.  You don’t even KNOW!  They are my OTP for this world, damn it.  They refuse to cooperate!!

This picture cracked me up.  Bianca was horrified at something and it just reminded me of Knives from Scott Pilgrim VS the World.  Hahaha, I’m still laughing over it.  Plus, this gives you a better look at her wedding makeover.

Note to self: Do not invite vampires to weddings.  Ever.  This is what happens.

Mark and Bianca refused to remain in the same room as Clark.  As if that weren’t bad enough, Catherine spent every moment berating and accusing him of being a vampire (she’s a Good sim.)  SIGH!

Speaking of which, Catherine and Juliet moved out ASAP, so they will be played later this round.  :D

Philip rolled the ‘Have a Child with Bianca’ wish as soon as they got married, so that meant he was allowed to autonomously Try for Baby… which he did.  Sigh!  Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m thrilled.  I may be doing something different with births now.  Have them happen ‘in between’ entries now, in their appropriate season.  I dislike babies/toddlers in TS3, so it doesn’t bother me if they don’t get a million rounds.  I’d rather them be kids and teens.

6 comments to 11: McMaster – ‘Follow You Down’

  • Ha, I’m in the middle of redoing that lot right now, the Bed and Breakfast! In the back of my head, I know you’re playing the same world as me but this is the first time I’ve ever actually recognised something in your game, lol!

    But aww Philip and Bianca! I can’t imagine Philip with Gwendolyn now. He’s better suited to Bianca, definitely. I’m glad she’s pregnant now. I can just see these two as parents – they’re made for it.

    What is Lola up to? I don’t entirely trust her! Ha, I think I actually trust Clark the vampire more than Lola. He seems a bit more upfront, at least.

    There’s a “no reaction to supernaturals” mod somewhere (I don’t play with supernaturals, so I’m not sure where). It might be something you might want to pull in and out depending on what you’re doing in game?

    • Mao

      You’ll have to post pictures on Tumblr. I’d love to see what you do with it! I try to edit the lots to suit my needs and make them a bit smaller (clubs.) I tried to shut down some of the clubs, but my game crashed while saving after I did it. Will have to figure that one out.

      I know. I am so glad this worked out the way it did. :D Lola is not to be trusted. I’ve found that those who work for the law and think they have all the means they need tend to be shiftier than you’d expect.

      Poor Clark. Between being a vampire AND Criminal mastermind, people run from him all day. I honestly need to find a mod for both, as the running/relationship drops/etc just drives me bananas. It’s pointless and stupid.

  • Mark is seriously hilarious in that last photo, I laughed from his expression. He is so stoic all the time, and then you bring in Clark the vampire and he’s lost all control. Also love that he’s showing some chest at the wedding.

    Bianca was a beautiful bride, and I’m super excited for them to have a baby. His life is turning out so much better than Gwen’s, and I adore him with Bianca.. though she creeped me out in the beginning with her weird obsession with Philip’s photos.

    Sad about Noreen passing. :( I was hoping it wouldn’t happen so soon after the wedding, but now I’m just glad she got to see it. Too bad she missed the baby though. And poor Mark, never getting to redeem himself, that made me sad for him. I am not impressed with Rosalind… he needs to be with Lily.

    • Mao

      I missed this comment, how? I blame holidays. D’oh! Mark is a big scaredy cat… running away from Clark!

      LOL! Bianca is just very territorial and wasn’t about to let Gwen just come back into the picture or for her memory to “linger”. She’s a girl that knows what she wants. ;)

      I hated rushing the wedding, but I really didn’t want Noreen to miss it. Mark needs to be with Lily is RIGHT. Why doesn’t he get it? Why does he fight us? idiot.

  • Poor Noreen :( I always think it’s a little worse when a gen 1 sim dies…

    That snowman… Until now I didn’t think it was possible for something to be creepy yet so awesome at the same time!

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