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9: Ryder – ‘My Favorite Game’

Cherie Ashton (Elder), Khalid Ryder (Elder), Lily Ashton (Teen), Jessica Ryder (Teen), Jack Ryder (Teen)

Having a younger, mischievous brother was a pain in the butt.  Mix teenage hormones with the need to rebel, and it was like living in a war zone.  Jessica had always gotten along with her younger brother, Jack, but lately… she wanted to punch him in the face.

She was tired of him switching out her shampoo for hair dye!

Any plea for help fell on deaf ears.  She’d tried telling their mother, but she just laughed.

“Why don’t you get him back?”

“Are you encouraging this, mom?  That’s just wrong!”

“Boys are boys, Jessica.  You’ve got to learn to fight back.”

Jessica tossed her braid over her shoulder and stormed off in a huff.  Parents were so useless!

Cherie and Khalid weren’t useless, they just knew to pick their battles.  Jack was hyperactive and he had issues in school.  He just didn’t care about grades or anything like that.  To him, being alive and doing crazy things were more important.  So, instead of scolding him for playing pranks on his sister, they tried to encourage him to improve his grades.

Lily was amused by Jack’s antics, but that was mostly only because he never picked on her.  He knew that was dangerous.  Lily would kick his butt!

Jessica and Jack were a grade apart, but that didn’t stop them from sharing friends.  Natalia Novak had been Jessica’s best friend since grade school and so she’d grown up around Jack, too.  It didn’t help that Jack had a crush on her.  Even if he didn’t openly admit it, it was obvious.  Anytime she was over, he was there.

His way of showing his interest was still in its juvenile stages.  Natalia was too delicate a person to be impressed by Jack’s wild antics.  She was a classy girl.

That didn’t stop Jack from freaking her out, though.  He kind of enjoyed it.  She made the funniest faces.

One of their favorite things to do was visit the old playground they frequented as children.  It was just down the street from their house, so it was an easy source of amusement.  Jack, of course, preferred using the equipment to goof around on.

“Geeze, Jack!  Be careful.  I’m not dragging you back home if you fall and crack your head open.”  Jessica warned.

Natalia sighed.  “That’s not how you use a seesaw.”

Of course, in her attempt to school Jack on the proper use of the playground equipment, Natalia found herself trapped.  Jack chuckled as he hunkered down, leaving poor Natalia suspended in the air.  There was no way down but to fall.

“Jack!  Stop being an idiot!”  Jessica yelled.  She’d been bouncing idly on the other seesaw.

“Aw, she’s fine.  I’m just messing around.”

“You’re just picking on me because I’m wearing a dress!”  Natalia cried, trying to preserve her modesty while also maintaining her balance.

“Natalia, be careful,” Jessica said as she watched her friend awkwardly climb into the little clubhouse.  “It’s tricky once you get to the top.”

Natalia frowned.  She knew that Jessica was just doing what she did best–taking care of others–but Natalia liked to feel independent.  She wasn’t really good at this nature stuff, but she tried.  It wasn’t her fault she lived in a rich sub-development in the city!

They hung out in the clubhouse until it got late.  Jack jumped up from his spot and grabbed onto the fireman’s pole.  Before the girls could stop him, he began his quick descent.  He stopped with just his head peeking out from the top she say:

“I can totally see up your skirt, Nat!”

Natalia pushed her skirt down and sent a swift kick at his head before he could dodge it.  Despite the cranial trauma, he landed effortlessly.  They could hear him chuckling as he walked away.  Jessica sighed and rolled her eyes.

“Sometimes, I wish we weren’t related so I could pummel him.”

Lily had recently graduated high school and was still hanging around the house.  She hadn’t seen Mark since their graduation ceremony.  He had just up and disappeared.  Not even his family knew where he was.  Everyone was worried.  She was itching to talk to someone about it, but anytime she tried, she couldn’t.  Instead, she tried to teach her younger half-brother some manners.

“You should read some plays.  Girls like those.”

Jack rolled his eyes, “reading is for nerds, sis.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being cultured, Jack!  You don’t want to be some jerk who just up and leaves without so much as a word…”

Jack gave her a look, his eyebrows raised questioningly.  It was clear this was no longer about him.

“Whatever, never mind.  Just be nicer to Natalia, okay?  Geeze.”

Almost three months after he had disappeared, Mark McMaster turned up on Lily’s doorstep.  He looked… different.  She almost didn’t recognize him.  She was so happy to see him safe and alive that she hugged him before even saying a word.  It wasn’t until she pulled away that she said:

“Mark!  W… what happened to you?”

“Hey, Lily,” he greeted with a grin.  “Long story.  Do you mind if I come in and change?  It’s been a long trip and my family might freak a bit…”

“You think?  Come on.”

Several minutes later, he emerged looking more like Lily remembered.  It took a whole five seconds for her anger to rekindle.

“What the hell is wrong with you?!”  She snapped, giving him a rough shove.  “Have you lost your mind?!  We were all worried sick!”

“Hey, hey… calm down,” he said, putting distance between them.  “I just needed to get away and I did.  It was a long, crazy trip… and I just wanted to get away.  I had to do it.”

“You’re an ass.”  Her voice was firm, her full lips forming a hard, thin line.  “Go see your family, Mark.  Explain it to them.  They deserve it.”

Lily was beyond the realm of furious.  She spent the next few days playing her guitar above the waterfall.  When Mark had disappeared, she’d come here every evening and sat for hours.  There had always been this small hope that he would just pop up and everything would be okay.

When he had showed up on her doorstep, she felt relief beyond measure… but now she was just angry.  He knew it, too, because he avoided her.  It wasn’t until this particular day that he dared to approach her again.

“You’re still mad?”  She heard him call out as he approached.

“Screw you, Mark McMaster.”

“Geeze, you need to calm down,” he said, daring to take her hands.  He’d done it so many times when they were teenagers, but it was different now.  His fingers moved against her palms, tracing the lines he couldn’t see.  “You can’t be mad at me forever, Lily.  I know you too well, you’re not an angry person.”

“Ha!  Maybe I am now.”  Lily had never been good at cruel sarcasm.  It just wasn’t her nature.

“I don’t get why you’re so upset.”

“Of course you don’t, because you don’t think about anyone else!”

“Lily…”

“You’re such a selfish jerk…” she sighed, turning away from him.  She wiggled free of his grasp, letting her arms fall slack at her sides.  Her anger was waning and quickly being replaced with something else.  “You could have at least told me you were planning on leaving.”

“You would have tried to stop me, or worse yet, you would have followed me!”

“What’s so bad about that?”

He sighed dramatically.  It was something he did when he didn’t have a proper response.  Finally, he said:

“I needed to be alone.  I had to sort some stuff out.”

Her next move shocked him.  She snapped forward, her lips pressing against his without any warning.  Before he could move, she pulled away and looked at him, her face still hovering inches from his.

“I love you, you stupid, selfish ass!  I have since we were kids.  And you left me here.  You didn’t even tell me you were going!  You just left… and I didn’t think you were going to come back.  I thought you were going to leave me behind.”

He blinked, completely taken back.  He didn’t really know what to say.  They’d always been friends–they had always been close, but he never anticipated this.  Why not?  Because Lily was Lily.  She was lovely and fierce and the only person who could pull him out of his own head.  But he would destroy her–she wouldn’t be any of those things if he let her get too close.

“Lily… I… this…”

“Shut up,” she began.  There was no venom in her voice, but the words were firm.  “Don’t you dare say something stupid about breaking me.  I’m not a damn dinner set!  I’m strong–a lot stronger than you realize…”

Mark wanted to say something, but he couldn’t will himself to do it.  Instead, he just stared at her.  She gave an exasperated sigh, her anger quickly returning.

“I can handle you, Mark.  I’ve handled you for years.  I’m the only one who can.  You just can’t handle me.”

She didn’t give him a chance to respond.  Instead, she slung her heavy guitar over her back and stomped off.

Meanwhile, Jack had taken his sister’s advice.  He tried to be nicer to Natalia.  He liked her.  She was strange and fascinating, like a trick jump that left you upside down with your skateboard on your head.  His young mind and hormones, however, just couldn’t figure out how to deal with it.

“You throw like a girl,” he said, watching as she tossed the ball to him in a very dramatic way.  It was almost comical.

“Uh, newsflash,” she snapped, straightening her skirt.  “I am a girl!”

“Doesn’t mean you have to throw like one, Nat.  Less leg, more arm.”

Khalid loved his children, but he wished they’d learn how to properly load a dishwasher.  He’d fixed it five times in just the past month because someone couldn’t figure out that silverware was not conductive to the bottom sprayer’s rotation.

He had joked that they just needed to zone the kitchen has a swimming pool, since it was always covered with water anymore!

He had noticed a change in Lily, though.  She was uncharacteristically quiet and thoughtful.  Khalid wasn’t an idiot.  He figured it had something to do with Mark McMaster.  He was sure of it when Lily mentioned moving to Aperture City to pursue her career of choice.  She wanted to write music.

“I think it’d be a great opportunity for you,” Khalid assured her.  Cherie was not keen on it at all, but she just didn’t want to let Lily go.  Khalid was a bit more reasonable.  “I just want you to do it for the right reasons.”

“I am.  I want to really go for this… I think I’d be good at it, honestly.  I’ve got some things written up that I want to show around once I get down there.”

“So you’ve already found a place?”  He took a deep breath and shook his head.  “Oh boy, your mother is going to flip out.”

“I know, but I’ll talk to her–”

“No, no,” Khalid interrupted.  “I’ll do it.  Leave her to me.  You just get your stuff sorted, okay?  We’re behind you, every step of the way.  Anything you need, you know you can come to us.”

Lily smiled.  It was hard to remember that Khalid wasn’t her biological dad.  She wished that he was.  She almost didn’t want to find her ‘real’ dad.  She was afraid he’d pale in comparison to Khalid.

“Thanks, dad.  I’ll do my best.”

——————–

Jack is cracking me up.  He is such a typical teenage boy, I love it.  He is always harassing Natalia.  His attraction scores are high with her and vice versa, so it just makes it even more comical.  He’s always grossing her out or doing something stupid.  Hopefully he grows up… Natalia isn’t really the type to be ‘wooed’ by that kind of silliness!

Jack got the “Rated R” ROS and his highest relationship outside of the household was Natalia.  The roll didn’t warrant any romancing, though.  I just had them all hang out at the playground after curfew.  ;)

Also, watching her throw the baseball was painful!  She looked like she was trying to do ballet or something.  I guess I had never paid attention to girls throwing it before…

As for Mark… I had intended on him just running off to do something crazy, but not writing about it until the next round.  Instead, he turned up at the house dressed NOT as I had left him.  I have no idea why he is dressed like that.  I wrote it in because it fit and I just couldn’t get over him randomly popping up like that.  He doesn’t have a job, so it wasn’t a career outfit!

Someone with Lily’s personality would be fed up at this point, especially after a stunt like that!  She wanted to kiss him, though, so I allowed that much.  Unfortunately, Mark hasn’t quite come out of his weird shell enough yet to be receptive.  We’ll see how it goes.

Lily now has her own place in Aperture City.  We’ll see more of her next round.  :)

Title is The Cardigans – ‘My Favorite Game’.

10 comments to 9: Ryder – ‘My Favorite Game’

  • Josh

    Ugh, FINALLY. Lily is so stunning as a YA, I live. I’m so glad she and Mark are getting past their issues and being together like they’re meant to be~
    I almost thought that Natalia was too good for Jack but that’s mean so I won’t say it. She’s super pretty. Too bad he’s such a kid about it.

    Oh btw I meant finally about Lily/Mark!

    • Mao

      Haha, yeah! She turned out well as a YA. I was worried she’d have frog face, but I’m pleasantly surprised. :D

      Mark and Lily have a long way to go… or, well, Mark does. He still hasn’t come around.

      It’s not mean! I’m sure you’re not the only one who thinks it!

  • Jack might be the most typically teenage boy I’ve ever read about! I love how his attraction to Natalia is playing out for you. As for the baseball, they can build athletic skills with it, can’t they? Maybe it’s a low athletic skill that affects how they throw it?

    LOL, I thought for sure you’d dressed Mark like that yourself and were planning on writing something in! Maybe he went and got a makeover at the salon? Those stylists love putting sunglasses on sims! I’m really curious about what he got up to in his 3 month absence.

    And I’m with Josh on Mark and Lily! FINALLY, lol! Did she roll the want to kiss him at long last or did she do that autonomously? I can’t wait to see their relationship develop.

    And Lily has to be the stunning sim you were talking about on Twitter, right? Because if she’s not, and you have an even more gorgeous one coming up, I will be amazed!

    • Mao

      I know. I can’t get over it. I don’t know if it’s the combination of his traits or what, but it amuses me! I don’t think they get body skill, but I could be wrong. I didn’t notice any bars. THOUGH, you bringing up skills does make me think it might be a hidden skill. TS3 has hidden skills for everything, it seems! Even video games/etc.

      Hahaha! I love that you thought it was on purpose. No, I have no idea. Can sims use the salon autonomously?! That’s too funny!

      Lily has wanted to kiss Mark for awhile, but I didn’t see a reason with him being so reticent. Now that they’re older, I can see Lily growing tired of waffling around the subject. For anything to develop, Mark is going to have to come down off his weirdo cloud!

      Nope, she’s not. :D

  • The dye in shampoo is hilarious! Jack is a riot and I adore the goofy ways he tries to woo natalia.

    I hope mark will end up with lily. Id hate for him to ruin his friendship and relationship potential with her. They’re so perfect together.

    • Mao

      Jack loves that one. It’s his favorite prank and poor Jessica is always on the receiving end of it since they share a bathroom!

      I’m hoping Mark makes a good decision here. The ball is in his court!

  • I hope Mark will show an interest in Lily soon. Is he interested in anything?

    Jack’s attempts to flirt with Natalia are hilarious–I’m sure Natalia is mortified half the time, but it’s pretty sweet.

    I’m excited to see how Lily does in Aperture City. :)

    • Mao

      Mark is such a frustrating sim. He really doesn’t show interest in anyone around him. He just mopes along. It’s so depressing!

      Jack cracks me up. It’s not really winning Natalia over, though! It doesn’t help that she’s a little bit older and more “mature”… or so she thinks. ;)

      I’m excited for Lily to be on her own!

  • I had to pop back in here as I’m catching up, because I’m feeling the overwhelming urge to kick Mark McMaster in the head. He’s such an idiot. You don’t just run off and not tell anybody where you’re going! Even now, he doesn’t get it. It’s been painfully obvious as long as they’ve been friends that Lily was into hi and he never noticed. But I love the way she stood for her decision. I was fistpumping and everything! You know how excited I can get. *embarrassed* “I’m not a damn dinner set!” Priceless.
    As for Jack, boys learn to grow up eventually if they want to make it in life, and with girls. We’ll see what he does.

    • Mao

      Oh, me too. He is giving me such a headache with his randomness! I don’t know what his deal is, honestly. Sigh.

      Lily doesn’t take crap for anyone, not even Mark!

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