Hi, everyone! This is the second time I’ve tried writing this post, so let’s see if we can actually get through it this time.
Also, this is a very, very long update. To be perfectly honest, I find it quite boring to play an ISBI in TS4 and that’s even more true when I’m at that weird point where one generation is pretty much done, but the next isn’t ready to take over yet. So we’re going to kind of push through the teen years as fast as we can for the boys, and announce our next Heir at the end of this update. Yay!
First, a quick refresher on what happened last time:
The boys became Teens. Lacey was awful. Levi was gorgeous, much to the mediocre Roman’s dismay. The boys were still best friends, though. Lacey, now a Snob, moved out.
Onto the update!
The boys are still stuck on one another, mostly refusing to hang out with anyone else, even when they’re out on the town. Here they are, at The Hare and Hedgehog.
Levi: I say, this establishment is quite droll!
Roman: Yes, yes. The tea is quite lovely, as well.
Things are no different at home.
Roman: What’s she doing here? Doesn’t she know breakfast is twin time?
Levi: No worries, bro. We’re still here together. Hey!
Mara: Haha. Yeah. That’s totally normal. Nothing at all creepy or weird about your obsession with each other. Nope. Not at all.
Occasionally, they do spend a little time apart.
I’d probably watch firefighting shows if I had almost burned my house down, too.
Levi: Yes! I love this! Look at them fight those flames!
You saw your mother do that in person, but whatever.
Despite all the things I don’t love about TS4, I’ll never stop adoring the autonomous shows of affection. <3
Levi: See, Dad? We need to get one of those huge hoses. What if the fire were bigger last time?
Aryn: Ehh, no big deal. Your mom has a lot of experience dealing with emergencies.
I think Roman knows he has very little chance of becoming Heir. He spends a lot of time stomping through the house in a rage.
Then again, his traits pretty much guarantee that he’s always angry.
Finally, Levi moved on to a movie that seems a little more entertaining.
Levi: Yes! Zombies!
Then Roman put on an impromptu performance.
Roman: Grrr. Arghh.
Roman: Did you see that, Levi!? I could totally be an actor!
Roman: *interpretive dance*
Roman: One day, man, I’m going to be a star. I just know it!
Roman: People are going to love me! There will be applause everywhere I go, just like this! Try it out!
Levi: Ro, could you just shut up?! I’m trying to watch a movie here!
Roman: W-wow, Levi. That was amazing! You’re a great actor, too! For a minute there, I almost really believed you were annoyed with me.
Aryn: He’s right, Levi. That was impressive. I really thought you were angry, too!
Levi: *sigh* It’s impossible to stay mad at those idiots.
Levi: Well, uh – thanks, Dad. I’m glad you enjoyed the… performance.
Roman: That’s no fair. Why isn’t anyone ever around when I do something cool? I was a very convincing zombie just a few minutes ago!
Aryn: Selfie time, with the son that’ll be famous someday!
Roman: This is bullshit!
Levi: Hey, look! That’s a really good shot, Dad!
Somehow, Roman mastered his anger long enough to make food for his family.
Look at his face here. The splashing is totally on purpose.
Levi: Roman! What are you doing, man?? This is my favorite sweater!
Aryn: Wow, more impressive acting! This angry character of yours is really developing nicely.
Roman: Uhm, sorry, Levi. It was all an accident. I swear.
Look at his face. He’s not sorry at all.
It was around this time that I realized Mara does, in fact, have a job and she can’t just hang around the house fixing things all the time. I learned this when she abandoned the idiots, leaving them to their own devices.
It started out well enough, with Aryn proving he’s not completely useless by taking out the trash.
The peace was shattered, though, when Levi immediately started threatening to both pee himself and pass out.
He made it to the bathroom without incident, at least.
Meanwhile, Roman ate some dinner before heading to bed himself.
With the girls out of the house, there are way more beds than Sims in the house, but the boys still insist on sharing most nights. They’re very strange.
I love when Toni comes to visit!
Toni: Green ghostie or not, I’ve still got it!
Of course, I love it less when other family members threaten to join her in the spectral realm.
Which is why I make Mara spend so much time fixing things.
Mara: I don’t think a broken coffee maker is actually going to kill any of my children, but it can’t hurt to be safe, I guess.
Even though they’re constantly miserable, Roman and Levi accept every invitation to continue the Spouse Hunt. This most commonly results in park bench naps.
Levi is not immune.
Of course, the barely-life-sustaining naps leave Roman even more inclined to angry stomping than before.
Aryn is on the verge of being fired because he never goes to work. He does not look particularly concerned. Considering that the family can barely pay their bills and he makes a lot more money than Mara, he probably should be.
The whole family was invited to a birthday party for this gent, whose name is Korbin. I’m not sure who he is, but the Nawatts are the only people who showed up for the party.
Of course, they were far more interested in Korbin’s nice things than the birthday boy himself.
Levi: There are so many computers here that we can all have one! What an awesome idea!
Yeah. That’s not going to happen to the Nawatts any time soon.
Korbin: Hey, Mara! How nice of you to stop by with the family! It was wonderful to have my brother here while I aged up!
Mara: Oh! Right. You’re Aryn’s brother, aren’t you? Well… cool… happy birthday and all.
She didn’t even look away from the screen.
Back at home, Roman couldn’t even make it to bed, giving us the first fail of this chapter.
The next morning, Aryn couldn’t make himself go to work. Again. He was fired.
Mara is a little more enthusiastic about her work-related tasks, thankfully.
Mara: Please help me. All I want to do is sit down, but I can’t seem to stop.
Whatever. She’s fine.
See? She looks so happy!
Mara: Hahaha, yep. That’s it. Happy. I’m totally happy! *forced laughter*
Mara: It was the weirdest thing. I spent all morning repairing things in the house, and all I wanted to do was have a seat for a while, right?
Mara: Well, I started to go sit down, then it was like an invisible hand pushed me away from the couch. Next thing I knew, I was practicing at the bar. I didn’t want to practice at the bar, but every time I tried to stop, it was like something forced me to start again!
Aryn: That’s awful, Mara!
Levi: Yeah, Mom! That’s so scary! Are you okay?
Mara: Yeah, I think so. But what do you guys think? Has anything like that ever happened to you?
Aryn: Nope. Never. I’m sure it’s nothing to be concerned about, though.
Levi: So… I’m worried about Mom. The whole ‘invisible hand’ thing. Is she going to be okay?
Aryn: Don’t stress out over it. She’s been saying that sort of thing the whole time I’ve known her. She says you or your brother will understand someday.
Levi: So then Dad said that one of us will understand someday, and I’m suddenly not so excited about being Heir. It’s kind of scary, actually.
Roman: I am right here. You don’t have to be Heir, you know!
Look at that! Pure relaxation! Turns out I’m not the most demanding Simmer ever, after all.
Roman: Mom, you think I’m capable of being Heir, right?
Mara: Sure. But I think you’d have to get a really great trait to beat your brother.
Roman: What does that even mean??
Mara: I’m not sure, to be honest.
Mara: …Still, I think your brother would have to get a really boring trait, too.
Roman: You’re not even making any sense!
Mara: I know. Sometimes thoughts just pop into my head and I don’t even understand them. It’s the weirdest thing.
Levi: Would you look at this place?! It’s a disaster!
Aryn: Just wait until you’re the one responsible for taking care of the mess, kid.
Roman: I’m still here, you know!!
Fun Fact: Right after I took this picture, Aryn cleaned the sink then promptly threw up. I missed getting a picture, but it was neat to see the Squeamish trait in action!
Being Heir does have some perks, though. Mara almost never wears pants when she isn’t at work.
I’m not sure how much fun semi-nudity is when you’re always responsible for fixing household appliances, though. Seems dangerous.
Calliope still visits all the time.
She seems shocked by her family members’ continued insanity, though.
Levi is definitely the popular one of the twins, with Calliope inviting him out almost every night.
This is just about the most excited I’ve ever seen him about a female around town. Too bad she’s almost an Elder.
Pink Hair: Is he staring at me? He’s still staring at me, isn’t he?
Every time she looked toward him, he looked away. It would have been cute if it wasn’t so creepy.
This guy, though? Levi was all about this guy.
Levi: Aww, she’s leaving, isn’t she?
She probably would have stuck around if you hadn’t ignored her the entire time. Besides, she’s way too old for you!
Speaking of too old, I didn’t realize it was Aryn’s birthday so he didn’t get a cake. He punished me by standing next to his bed and crying for hours before finally aging up.
Aryn: Egad, I hurt in muscles I didn’t even know I had!
Aryn: Look at this! Even my joints are revolting!
Aryn: Oohh, I hate every bit of this.
Mara was totally unperturbed.
Further proof that Aryn, at least, has a favorite.
If Levi keeps up this crap, I’m not sure I’ll agree with Aryn too much longer.
Mara: Yep. Still back here. Toooootally voluntary. You betcha.
Urgh. It’s not a fail, at least, but there are five or six beds in this house and he couldn’t find one of them?? Maybe it’s because Roman isn’t sleeping.
In his Elder years, Aryn has decided to finally become very useful. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t work any more.
He used his Elder action to bake a cake, so his lovely wife didn’t have to deal with the same disappointment he did on his birthday.
Mara: Oooh, this looks AMAZING!
Mara: Back pain! NOT amazing!
Mara got an Elder makeover and I LOVE it!
With birthdays only a few days away, each of the boys got to take a vacation day so we could get to know them a little better. First up was Roman.
As soon as he got to the park, Roman struck up a conversation with the lovely Max Villareal.
Max wouldn’t look away from the sky long enough for me to prove that he is, in fact, very attractive.
Then Max took off to school, immediately showing me the error of my ways. The boys definitely aren’t finding a spouse this way.
Still, Roman had a great time getting to know Danica Hussain. She’s very pretty but, once again, it’s a shame she’s already an Adult. I know there are more teens in this town!
After Danica, Roman hung out with these two, who appear to be in some sort of Jackson Pollock cult.
Yet again, one of the Nawatt boys are curled up on a bench in a park. I wonder if the townies think they’re homeless.
Every time a guy his own age showed up, Roman rushed him. I’m not sure if he’s gay or just uncomfortable around girls.
Either way, he seems to be having a good time with Zane Townsend.
This is Maya Carey. She’s gorgeous. I wish one of the boys would fall for her. She also makes the best faces.
Zane: Ugh, we just met and she’s already trying to take you away from me!
Roman: Who’s this ‘she’ you’re talking about?
I’m not trying to take anyone away from anyone. The beauty of an ISBI is that the Sims get to decide.
Speaking of which, back at the house, Aryn decided to start a fight for no good reason.
Aryn: Come ON!! Yoga?! Really, Mara!?
Turns out, he just wanted the yoga room to himself.
The next day, Levi used his vacation time to hang out at a bar. We got a notice that it was alien night as soon as he got there.
For a long time no one else showed up, alien or otherwise.
When they did, things quickly got weird. I’m not sure what’s going on here.
The night was uneventful, and Levi took a nap.
When he awoke, he was once again surrounded by gorgeous townies who are too old to marry him. Where are all the Sims his age?!
Back at home, there was more autonomous loving. Adorable.
Roman: Dad, I’m not ready for this! I can’t be set out on my own!
Aryn: Listen up, son. Everything’s going to be fine. Whichever one of you leaves will go to live with your sisters. That’ll be fun, right?
Roman: Dad, don’t patronize me. I know I’m not going to win this thing, and Lacey is the devil. So, no. Going to live with her will not be fun.
Aryn: You know nothing, Roman. Underdogs come back to win at the last minute all the time.
Obviously, that means it’s birthday time! Roman is up first.
He looks shocked. His new trait is Evil! That’s a good one! His Adult makeover will be revealed momentarily.
First, it’s Levi’s turn!
He had a bit of trouble with the candles…
There he goes!
Here’s Roman! I really like his new look!
Roman: *pouts* The Evil trait wasn’t enough for you?? You love the Evil trait!!
I know, I know, but…
Levi’s new trait is Jealous. I’ve never played with that trait before! Also, because I am easily amused, Levi’s new favorite color is green. All of his clothing will reflect that.
Roman went to live with his sisters, as promised. I will miss him.
And that’s all I have for this time! Next update will see the beginning of Generation 5, and our newest Torch Holder taking over! Hopefully it’ll be up soon!
Torch Holder: 5
Sim Failing School: 1
Visit From Service Sim: 6
Passing Out: 34
Accidental Fire: 9
Accidental Deaths: 0
Social Worker Visit: 0
Twin Births: 2
Triplet Births: 1
Fulfilling Aspiration: 0
Achieving Honor Roll: 0
Every 100,000 dollars: 0
Levi: I don’t know what’s going on. I have a sudden, strong urge to go clean this plate. Normally, I just leave it, but… I guess… I’d better take it into the kitchen…
That’s right, minion.