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Chapter 8.1

Chapter 8.1 – Bored yet?

‘It feels like we’ve been waiting here for around a month,’ Tremayne said, his cold robotic eyes staring blankly ahead. ‘Still, I can’t believe we’ve reached the 8th generation.  I thought things would have started to get tedious by this point, or that I would have tried to drown myself in the ocean again.’Screenshot-10580‘Err, don’t forget that Maple’s fronting this generation,’ Alice replied, her ghost face heavily weighing the regret of ever having a child with Ricky Bailey, no matter how damn sexy he had become.Screenshot-10581‘Alright, time to give my garage rapping skills a go!  So Solid Crew, don’t fail me now!’Screenshot-10568‘Twenty-one seconds, tut, tut, tut!’  Screenshot-10569‘If anyone needs me, I’ll be at the beach.’Screenshot-10582Things weren’t all bad.  Honest.  Somehow, Twix and Whitney had a high relationship level and spent most their elder days flirting with one another; a disturbing sight, some might say, but otherwise cute.Screenshot-10577‘Darling, your hand feels like sandpaper against my face.’ Screenshot-10578Pistachio, the youngest of their children, had joined the military career soon after graduating from University.  Unfortunately, he had to start from level one as he found out the hard way that a degree in Physical Education is only beneficial for the Athletic career path.  This would be the last time he took advice from the ghost of Jameson Bailey.Screenshot-10576Almond, the eldest, was already level five or so in her business career.  At this point, her long term boyfriend, Gary, had been living at the Bailey household for a few years.  She suggested that it was time they moved out and started a life on their own.Screenshot-10556‘But we get free everything here!’ Gary whined.            Screenshot-10558Almond kissed him to shut him up.Screenshot-10557And also secretly bought a new house for them to live in.    Screenshot-10624‘Alight!  Now Nicole can move in and sponge of the family funds!’Screenshot-10560And so she did, and Maple did not approve at all.  She often complained about this to Nicole when Pistachio was not around.Screenshot-10570‘Those hot-dogs aren’t cheap either!’Screenshot-10571‘I can’t wait to boot you out, along with my annoying little bro… Oh hey, Pistachio!’Screenshot-10572‘Gee, is that the time?’   Maple said, looking at her watch-less wrist.  ‘I’d best be off to watch that So Solid Crew documentary!’Screenshot-10573Meanwhile, Gnome Bunny wondered if anything interesting was actually going to happen this chapter.Screenshot-10584Yes, was the answer.  Cory had recently moved into the neighbourhood, something to do with his career.  He decided to visit Maple one day, just to mess with her emotions.Screenshot-10585Screenshot-10587‘Play it cool, Mape.’   Screenshot-10588‘….’Screenshot-10590‘So, are you here so we can have children and get married?’Screenshot-10594‘Sure….’ Cory winced as he felt Maple breathe heavily against his neck.Screenshot-10595‘Well, this generation is going to interesting,’ Chewie, the last remaining dog in the Bailey household, said.Screenshot-10575And perhaps he was right.

 

 

Almond’s Credentials (Part 2)

 Almond’s Credentials (Part 2)

Despite being my older sister, Maple was someone I always had to keep an eye on.Screenshot-10017Most people found her tricky to read, but I was always aware when she was feeling troubled, which seemed to more than often whilst we were at Uni together.Screenshot-10016Screenshot-10025As much as she annoyed me sometimes, I couldn’t help feeling worried. Screenshot-10026Gary and I were still going strong, I felt lucky to have him as my rock.  I could sense Maple wanted to experience the same sort of thing, however her luck with guys never seemed to last.Screenshot-9871One day, when we were gaming on the computers in the comic book shop, I came up with a valid suggestion.Screenshot-10041‘Ever thought about online dating?’Screenshot-10043‘F*** off, Almond.’Screenshot-10042So that’s when Plan B came into play, which I devised whilst working on my dissertation.Screenshot-9967The plan went live on the night of my graduation, during a costume party I had persuaded Maple to arrange.  By the time I had returned home, after some celebratory drinks with a few fellow graduates, the house was fairly quiet apart from a few people still lingering in the kitchen.  Maple wasn’t anywhere in sight, and nor was Cory, the guy she fancied like mad, which I could only assume was a good thing.Screenshot-10117As my eyes scanned the bookshelf for a good intellectual book to curl up on the sofa with before bed, I couldn’t help but gloat to myself at how much of an awesome match maker I was.

‘Almond, slight problem.’ Maple’s voice interrupted my thoughts.  In that single moment, my pride came crashing down and was stamped on as she told me what had occurred whilst I’d been out downing vodka and cranberries.Screenshot-10114‘I bumped into Cory in the bathroom,’ Maple spoke in a haunted tone.  My heart still jumped in excitement.  They hadn’t properly interacted since their one night stand several months ago- Cory was usually quick to leave the room if she had entered it.  This was why I hoped this party would force them back together, particularly by deliberately barricading off the downstairs bathroom so everyone would be forced to use the one upstairs, or least help them made amends.Screenshot-10116Apparently Maple had outright confessed to Cory that they should get over their drunken blunder and start their friendship anew.  Cory agreed, a little too quickly according to Maple.Screenshot-10106Then, she stepped in to hug him, a way to seal the deal, she explained.  That was when he pushed her away, much to her dismay.Screenshot-10108‘I asked him what was wrong.’Screenshot-10110‘The expression on his face said it all,’ Maple sighed.Screenshot-10113‘He had changed his mind in the space of three seconds.  Apparently even the thought of being friends is weird after what happened.  Also, he admitted that I’m not his type.’Screenshot-10112I stood there dumbfounded.  I didn’t understand how things had backfired so spectacularly.  Cory had seemed enthusiastic about attending the party when I had invited him on Maple’s behalf .Screenshot-10120Suddenly, everything clicked into place and I felt stupid for not realising the truth sooner.  I didn’t have the heart to explain it all to Maple, but it was quite obvious who Cory’s type was.Screenshot-10119‘Oh, and another thing…’ Maple spoke cautiously. ‘I’ve kind of broken one of the sinks in the bathroom.’Screenshot-10115And so I spent the early hours of the morning fixing that sink to avoid us being fined by the University, and possibly having my degree revoked. Screenshot-10013After that night I made a promise that the sink would be the last thing I would fix for Maple.  Even though she was my sister, I knew it would be impossible to keep trying to repair her broken relationships.  That job was purely down to her.

Almond’s Credentials (Part 1)

Almond’s Credentials (Part 1)

Knowledge was something I had always craved, which was why I was so excited to go off to University, just like my ancestors had done.  Being the first of my siblings to attend was also an achievement but mainly down to Maple unfortunately failing her final year at college, twice, thus having to stay behind until she would eventually pass.

Due to the increase of students at Simstate University, a brand new hall of residence had been built; it’s modern appeal made a change from the vintage style halls that had plagued the campus since goodness knows when.Screenshot-9797I settled in swiftly and even gave football a small try with one of my roommates.Screenshot-9802Despite his skinny build, he was a brilliant athlete and quite possibly could have given my brother a run for his money.Screenshot-9804Over the next few months I did my best to work and study hard.Screenshot-9836However, distractions soon took shape in the form of a guy called Gary Clyde, a second year Fine Arts student whom worked part-time around the campus as a magician.Screenshot-9917The fact he managed his own mini-business and schedule instantly appealed to me, and soon enough I was chatting to him about profits and margins instead of drinking myself stupid and dancing provocatively, like most other students.Screenshot-9915In classes, my concentration soon started to diminish.Screenshot-9835Things soon got heated after Gary confessed his attraction for me         Screenshot-9819Screenshot-9820Screenshot-9817And that’s when I started to panic.  I couldn’t afford to mess up my degree, but at the same time I didn’t want to throw a guy like Gary away.Screenshot-9834In the end, I turned to my love guru roommate, Mimi and expressed my woes.Screenshot-9825‘Aren’t you supposed to be the smart one?  You can still date Gary and get a decent degree; just don’t burn the candle at both ends.’Screenshot-9826‘I guess,’ I sighed, ‘it’s just the uncertainty of things that’s worrying me.’     Screenshot-9822‘That’s the point of life, hun, no one truly knows what’s going to happen.  Anyway, I’ll snap him up if  don’t, so hop to it.’Screenshot-9827The next time I saw Gary, I wasted no time reciprocating his feelings.Screenshot-9845Screenshot-9844His warm smile literally melted my heart, and I realised, to an extent, I still had control over my future and what I wanted to achieve.  Juggling a relationship with a career, it wouldn’t be at all easy, but if my own parents had managed it then I knew I could too.Screenshot-9840After that, I learnt how to relax and take things easy, whilst maintaining a decent attendance record and assessment grades.  Most my ancestors had managed it after all, so what did I have left to fear?Screenshot-9847Oh, that’s right, Maple!

 

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