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Post Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:56 pm
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Tales of Happy Valley
Chapter 12: Allardice Girls: The Back Story


In the Spa at the Allardice House

That's back story, not backside. (The backside in this particular image belongs to Gregsim's older sister, Joyce.)

Way back in the ancient history of my game, before She was even born, there were only a few families in town and I only played a small number of them. The rest were just extras on the set.

When cousins Tommy Franks Jr and Carl Franks Jr paired off with others, that left several teenage girls without a counterpart. At that time I was busily developing the Bennett family and didn't want to invest the effort to create a bunch of new teenage boys, so teen Gregsim became the Generic Teenage Boy. He visited any house I was playing and quickly became friends with everybody (which lead to his meteoric rise in several career paths as an adult, and how he became fabulously wealthy).

So it's not surprising that the Allardice girls shared a boyfriend during their early teen years. Whenever they had some spare time they'd invite Gregsim over. Sometimes he'd arrive with one of his sisters in tow. The scene above was a prelude to a pleasant evening spent in the Allardice's spa.


Janet, Joanne, Joyce, and Greg discuss life, the universe, and everything amidst the bubbling waters

Then on the occasions when he was trying to think of something to do on a Saturday afternoon (and growing weary of his sisters' companionship), he'd invite them over.


Janet visits the Bennett House

When Gregsim needed a date for a special event, his first thought was always to ask the Allardice girls if he might escort one (or all of them). In the lost universe, Greg's sister Joyce married Tommy Franks Jr in a beautiful formal wedding, and Judy was Gregsim's date for the evening.


Judy Allardice and Gregsim at Joyce and Tommy's Wedding
Tommy's cousin Carl Jr is in the foreground, and Tommy is just getting up from the table.

In addition to having a throw-down boyfriend available at their beck and call, the Allardice girls benefited from this relationship because by following Gregsim all over town, they too developed quite a network of friends. In fact, Janet met her fiance, Graham Backlace, during one of Gregsim's adventures; and now Graham and Janet are happily living together at Happy Valley University.

Joanne and Judy took up with a couple of boys they met at college, Donald Walton and Chuck Scott, respectively. Donald and Chuck were just a couple of freshman who showed up one day at Whiting Hall (my custom dorm) while they were visiting. They hit it off quite well, which turned out nicely since none of them were controllable characters at the dorm, and today all six of them--Janet, Joanne, Judy, Graham, Donald, and Chuck--share a big house at the big U.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:34 pm
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Tales of Happy Valley
Chapter 13: The Allardice Girls in Transition


Judy and Greg at the Franks Wedding

Even though he forgot to wear a tie to his sister's wedding, Gregsim proved to be an attentive and affectionate date; much to the amusement of Carl Jr's mother, Donna Franks. I'd blame it on the atmosphere of romance that goes with weddings, but the truth is that they behaved like teenagers any time any of the Allardices were in the same room with Gregsim.

This was at the Carl Franks house, and neither of these characters were controllable. They were, in fact, quite out of control! Since Carl and Donna had room for the wedding on their huge patio, Tommy Jr (the controllable sim in the background) was living with his aunt and uncle while he built a house for Joyce and himself.


Joanne, Janet, and Judy share You Know Who
OK, so we have a couple of backsides to wrap up this back story after all!

As I said, for a time the Allardice girls shared the same boyfriend; and when I say shared I do mean shared!

It was happy time for these adventurous teens, but of course it had to come to an end. They might do things differently in Baumdoubt Valley, but here in Happy Valley only Arabs have plural marriages.
Nevertheless, I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the relationship developing between Her and one Miss Gloria Baybrace.

So, when Gregsim grew to become an adult his little love affair with the Allardice girls ended. By that time, he was involved with Her Aunt Winona. (Ref: Sandra and Wanda, genesis thereof.) Besides, She was rapidly growing up! The Allardices were left behind, remaining teenagers during the next several decades of his life.

Nevetheless, they still played a role in his life, popping in here and there as supporting cast members. The fact that they were still teens proved to be an asset. All of them became close friends with Her during Her teen years.


Sheba and Joanne - On the Front Porch at Allardice House

And, of course, because they were still teens, they were eligible to go to college when University came along. And that brings us back to the beginning of the story of the Allardice girls!


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Tales of Happy Valley
Chapter 14: The Tragic Tale of Jason Allardice

We interrupt our narrative to recall the sad tale of one of the happiest and brightest boys ever to grace the homes of Happy Valley, Master Jason Allardice.

Soon after the Allardices first moved to Happy Valley, Mama Sally gave birth to her fourth child, Jason.


Sally Allardice with her son Jason

It was a rough birth. In fact, Sally almost died, and but for some emergency pleading with the Grim Reaper, the Allardice girls would have grown up without a mother. Fortunately their father was persuasive in his pleas and Sally is still with us!

The Allardices are a very close family. The teens are much attached to both of their parents and actually prefer the company of their own family above all others. Even Gregsim takes a back seat to Momma and Daddy. Now that they are off to college, they still think of him all the time, but they think of calling their parents first!


Edward Allardice with his daughters Joanne and Janet

So, it's no surprise that when baby Jason came along, the teenage girls became very attached to him and proved to be faithful and attentive babysitters.


Joanne Allardice with her baby brother Jason

The baby became the hard-won treasure of the Allardice family, to be cherished more than anything else in life. This feeling was not lost to the girls.

It took a lot to pry them out of the hot tub, but any time the infant Jason needed something, they were there for him. They would hold him and play with him and pass him around among themselves without even being asked.


A midnight snack for Jason while Momma and Daddy get some much-needed rest

The girls enjoyed every little thing they could do for their beloved baby brother.


Janet changes baby Jason's nappies

And, of course, during his infancy Jason came to know and love all of his big sisters.

When the time came for him to start his career as a toddler, it was Janet who scrambled out of the hot tub to assist him.


Janet helps baby Jason become a toddler

From the moment he grew, Jason was a giggly, happy, adventurous baby, his sparkling eyes showing his quick wit even at this early age.


Jason Allardice, the Happiest Baby in Happy Valley

And quite a toddler he was, too! With help from his three sisters as well as Momma and Daddy, Jason learned all of his toddler skills in record time!

He continued growing, becoming ever more creative and charismatic, always able to charm a bottle or a snuggle from one of his sisters. He was near to maximizing his ability to think logically, perhaps owing to the constant exposure of his sisters' second obession beyond the hot tub--chess!


Joanne Gives a Bottle of Smart Milk to Baby Jason

With three beautiful, loving sisters and doting parents, Jason was well on his way to becoming a pillar of the Happy Valley community. He was without parallel among other babies born in the city, with naturally high ratings in all areas of his personality. Absolutely everything was going his way!

But, sadly, this is the last picture that ever will be taken of superboy Jason Allardice, because among many others, baby Jason perished in the bomb and continues to defy my attempts to resurrect him. And so Jason Allardice, whose parents had to fight for his life from the very beginning, finally succombed to the Grim Reaper. You see here the last recorded moment of his short but happy life.





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Post Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:21 pm
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The awesome psychic powers are telling me that Greg played through Jason's entire life without saving until seconds after that picture was taken, so the only saved version was the one that the bomb hit...

So naturally, he was completely annihilated!

I guess this means you should save immediately after the birth of a baby, especially given the other bug where someone left the baby on the floor and Greg tried to fix things by quitting, which completely corrupted the poor kid. (The file not his personality!)

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Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2005 11:22 pm
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Wrong on all counts. This household and all others in Happy Valley were destroyed by the bomb. Only the screen shots remain.

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Chapter 15: Barry

Happy Valley Tribune
SATURDAY GD 71 LATE EDITION


IT'S A BOY!
Happy Valley's Second Wealthiest Family Creates Another Eligible Bachelor
Amarilla Allspin, Reporter for the Society Pages


Barry Bennett, born 7:00 PM on Saturday, GD 71 Tribune photo.

We are pleased to announce the birth of Master Barry Bennett, son of Gregsim and Sheba Bennett, born on Saturday, GD 71, at 7:00 PM at the family home, "Manse Orleans." After a very difficult pregnancy, mother and baby are doing fine. Dad is in intensive care but his doctors anticipate a full recovery. Barry is her third child after Alexander and Amanda, and his tenth (that he knows of).

The birth was attended by Miss Frieda Baybrace, Barry's sister Amanda, and the father, with brother Alexander providing musical accompaniment.

"I was beginning to wonder if this one would ever get here," Mrs. Bennett said. "I had to carry him for eight straight days! Doctor Tolad attempted to speed up things, but that didn't work. Thankfully Doctor Simpy was finally able to induce labor. It was a very rough pregnancy, but he's worth it!"

"B'b'b'baby!" was the only quote we could get from the proud papa. It wasn't clear whether he was referring to his new son or simply muttering the lyrics to the Bachman Turner Overdrive song that his eldest son was playing on the piano.

Miss Amanda was ecstatic. "I have a baby brother!" she exclaimed. "Can I hold him, mom? Can he play kicky bag yet? Maybe he'd like to come to my tea party!"


Mother and Baby Are Doing Well

"Hot dawg," Alexander said. "This means I won't be the only one who gets stuck mowing the lawn!"

"Rich guys make me sooo hot!" said Miss Baybrace. [STRIKE THIS BEFORE TYPESETTING --Ed.]

[INSERT THIS INSTEAD --Ed.] The family friend and surrogate midwife, Miss Baybrace, was busily tidying up the house after the birth and was unavailable for comment.


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It looks like Barry was fortunate enough to inherit his mother's looks, although--based on the color of his eyebrows--his father's hair.

Barry's personality at birth:
    Neat: 8
    Outgoing: 9
    Active: 7
    Playful: 3
    Nice: 8


Good kid. smile

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*passes out ceegars*

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Chapter 16: Giles Edward Bennett

Word of the impending birth of Barry Bennett had reached the old country, all the way to to the old family home of Edinborough, Scotland. One young man in particular took note of the blessed event.

When the news reached him, he was just preparing to take the Grand Tour. Traditionally this would have involved a year of gadding about the capital cities of Europe. During such a tour, he would learn the languages and cultures, absorb considerable business knowledge, and develop the strength and independence of a boy becoming a man.

His name was Giles Edward Bennett.


Giles Edward Bennett, Esq.

Now, Giles had already seen the great capitals of Europe with his parents, the Right Honorable James Edward Bennett and Amelia Francine Giles Bennett. He already spoke Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Italian and considered learning French to be a complete waste of time.

Nevertheless, James and Amelia pushed him to take his Grand Tour, to go out into the world on his own and make his own discoveries, to find his own path to maturity and prepare to define his own place among men.

When Giles heard of the impending birth of a distant cousin in Happy Valley, he resolved to make it a tour of his family scattered around the world, and in particular, to time the climax of his tour with a stay in Happy Valley.


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Chapter 17: Giles Arrives in Happy Valley

His tour of Scotland only took a few days, and after that he ventured on to spots in Germany and on down under to New Zealand. After visiting relatives in Sydney and Brisbane, it was time for Giles to venture on to the USA.

The hills of West Virginia and Pennsylvania reminded him of his home and he found the farmland of Illinois to be as charming as the relatives he met on his journeys. All the while, he kept a close eye on the calendar, intending to arrive in Happy Valley about a week after his new cousin was born.

Giles wanted to give his relatives a week to get settled in with the new baby before imposing on their hospitality. His timing was perfect, but he had not learned that the baby came so late. So, as it turned out, at the moment baby Barry was busily being born at Manse Orleans, Giles was waiting at a bus stop in Happy Valley for his final ride to Manse Orleans.


Giles at the Bus Stop in Happy Valley

While waiting for the bus, Giles had time to reflect upon his journeys. He was happy that he had saved Happy Valley for last, because of all the places he had visited and all the wonders he had seen, this place appealed to him the most. He resolved to dwell in this land, to build his life among the verdant slopes of Happy Valley.

That is assuming, of course, that he got on well with his relatives here.

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Chapter 18: Giles Meets Barry

And so, it turned out that Giles arrived at Manse Orleans just a few minutes after his cousin Barry was born. The calendar on the wall read GD 71*, so he knew that his punctuality was perfect even though Barry had been working to his own calendar.


Giles Greets His Cousin Barry

He need not have worried. The children were quite charming and he was immediately smitten with baby Barry, a most joyful child. She had a commanding grace that struck Giles as a continuous call to worship.

The extended family was well-stocked with relatives who exerted tremendous influence over the politics, commerce, and social life of the valley, and all seemed eager to help Giles get on his feet wherever he decided to settle. He saw that they were always there for each other, whether they needed thousands of dollars or just someone to mow the lawn and feed the dogs while someone was out of town.

With such people in such a setting, Giles felt that he had finally found his place in the world.


*GD stands for Greg's Day, marking the number of days that have passed in Greg's life since his birth. A lot can happen in Happy Valley during a single GD, and sometimes many Greg Days will pass between lunch and dinner in other households, but this is the primary calendar for Happy Valley. So, Gregsim was 71 days old on the day that Barry was born.

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Chapter 19: Giles Moves In



Giles Consults With His Cousin Greg About His Plans

Giles had come to value Greg's instincts about such things, so he asked what Greg thought of his plan to build a life here in Happy Valley.

"That's wonderful!" said Greg. "You know, with the girls in college we have a lot of empty space here at Manse Orleans, so why don't you stay with us while you get to know the town and build your career?"

Giles was delighted with the offer and accepted with only minor reservations. The warm welcome he had received dispelled any doubts he might have had about imposing on his cousin's family, but in the back of his mind, he held some concern that living with an established family might interfere with his investigations that could lead to matrimony.

As it turned out, he need not have worried at all.

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Chapter 20: Frieda


Even while Giles was internally puzzling over how he might carry off the daunting task of finding a wife while living with his cousin's family, the solution to his conundrum was merrily padding up the stairs in the form of Miss Frieda Baybrace.

After the baby was born, Frieda had gone down to relax in the spa. It seemed that the birth was harder on her than it had been on Barry's mother! But when she heard that a distant relative was visiting, she wanted to meet him and rushed upstairs to accomplish this goal.


Barry Meets Frieda

Now Frieda has many interesting personality quirks, but shyness is nowhere among them. It's not that she intentionally greeted Giles clad in nought but a dripping wet thong and the rare multichromatic censor snake; it's just that it never occurred to her that perhaps she ought to don some clothing before meeting Greg's out-of-town cousin.

So we shouldn't be surprised that his first sight of Frieda had quite an impact on Giles. It would not be at all inaccurate to say that when he encountered her sparkling eyes and winning smile (and perhaps other charms), his brains turned to oatmeal in less time than it takes to tell about it.


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Chapter 21: Retreat to More Private Realms



Giles and Frieda on the Patio at Manse Orleans

When Frieda suggested that they leave mom and dad to get to know their new baby, and retire to the patio where she and Giles might get to know each other better, Giles was eager to agree.

In truth, he was quite aware that at that moment, he would have followed that thong anywhere!

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Chapter 22: Passion on the Patio



Giles and Frieda

The magic of Happy Valley runs in full force out on the patio of Manse Orleans, and soon the two found themselves hopelessly in love.

Giles quickly discovered that while a kiss may be just a kiss and a smile may be just a smile, kissing an almost-naked, smiling young lady can be an adventure all its own!

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