Winter ~ Happiness
“Ew, why are you making them kiss?”
Shang sat next to his twin and grabbed another set of toys. “Yeah, well if mama and baba are together they are going to need us so they’re not lonely.”
Yue and Shang erupted into giggles, pausing only to look at each other and then laugh harder. Once they stopped laughing, Yue looked at her toys sadly and said to her twin, “They’re never gonna be together are they?”
Shang shrugged, not knowing how to respond.
He always helped one on one, and especially enjoyed teaching about math and science. He was passionate about both subjects.
Shang and Yue’s grades continued to improve with the help of Tai’s tutoring.
When he wasn’t helping out his siblings, Tai was reading. Pax left a lot of old books behind, and Tai often found himself dusting off old copies of novels and reading them for fun. Most of the books were actually really good.
Ming called him a nerd, but he didn’t care.
“WATCHER MING! I swear one of these days I’m going to KILL YOU!”
Ming scoffed at the idea of Tai ever doing anyone harm. “Can’t kill me if I snap your twig legs in two.”
While Tai watched the blue dye out of his hair, Ming took the opportunity to steal his homework and start copying it.
She learned a long time ago that Tai was doing higher level work, and so she figured she would get a free ride out of it. No longer was she going to do any of her own work, and Vivian would get off her back about grades.
Made plans with Jun. We’re going out to celebrate, just the two of us. It’ll be a nice change from all the family parties.
After 40 years of maintaining long hair, I figured it was time to make a change.
“So why didn’t you want a big celebration? You know birthdays are more important the older you get?”
Vivian shrugged. “It just wasn’t important to me. The kids and I can celebrate on Snowflake Day, but I just wanted something for myself.”
Jun smiled and said, “I can understand that.”
“You always understand me.” Vivian looked down at her cup and then back up at Jun. She wasn’t sure if it was the midlife crisis or the alcohol that pushed her, but she found herself saying, “Marry me.”
Jun cautiously placed his glass down on the bar. “Are you sure? You’ve never seemed all that interested before.”
“Jun, we’re both adults now. We’ve been together for nearly 20 years. Our kids will all be teenagers by the end of the season. I think it’s finally time.”
“That sounds perfect.”
Vivian and Jun began going out almost every night after they both finished work. Mostly they watched movies at the cinema or hung out at the karaoke bar, but some nights they could be found sitting outside, watching the stars together.
“What are you smiling at?” Jun asked playfully.
“I’m just remembering the last time we were outside, sitting together like this. You had just kissed me totally out of the blue.”
“It was not totally out of the blue! I thought I made it perfectly clear how I felt about you.”
Vivian laughed. “I was a child who’d never experienced romance. You can’t blame me for not knowing you loooooved me.”
“I did not looooove you. And you were the one to approach me initially, going on and on with nonsensical chatter. Supercute Magical Girl Maya and whatnot.”
Vivian’s cheeks began to fill with color. “Shut up. Those comics were precious to me as a kid. Don’t mock them.”
“I’m not. But you’ve also forgotten that the Maya and the oracle who helps her fall in love at the end, isn’t that right?”
“Whaaaaaaat, you actually read it?!”
Jun smirked. Vivian couldn’t believe her ears.
Jun kissed Vivian on the cheek. “Me too.”
Everyone took the news of their engagement happily.
“Oh, Vivian. Maman is so happy for you. Can I help plan your wedding? OH, I new the two of you would end up getting married one of these days. Why did you have to make this old girl wait so long?” Colette gave Vivian several hugs and kisses in celebration.
“Yes Anne-Marie you heard me right. Your sister is finally getting hitched…no, I can’t believe it either…don’t worry, you and the whole family is invited to the wedding. Yes, I’m excited too.”
In fact, the only person in the household who wasn’t thrilled was Ming. When Jun visited (which was more often than ever) she kept her distance. Why now? She wondered. Why, after all this time, were her parents finally getting their act together. It was stupid, she decided.
But everyone was so happy.
Colette had her French romance movies on repeat. She hadn’t been able to touch them since Pax’s passing, but now that Vivian and Jun were finally getting married, she was so happy and excited. Her life felt light and airy.
Are you seriously checking for wrinkles? You were never one to be self conscious.
That was before the engagement. Vivian furrowed her brow. I’m just feeling old is all.
Don’t judge me, I’m going through a lot right now.
But age didn’t stop Vivian’s exercise regimen. Day in and day out she would be found working out in the living room or in her personal gym. She wasn’t going to let getting old keep her from staying strong.
I’ve worked too hard to let myself go.
Yue and Shang were both in the living room, waiting for the party to begin but Ming was outside, clearly leaving the Kultura household.
“Ming, ma cherie, come back inside s’il vous plait.”
Colette couldn’t understand why Ming was leaving, especially on her birthday. She grabbed Ming’s arm, only to be shoved away.
“Don’t ask me what’s wrong! Don’t get me to go back in there! I don’t want to go! I just need to leave!” Ming turned and ran down the street, hailing a nearby cab. She watched Colette disappear behind her.
Ming was out, creating street art to let out some steam. Unfortunately, it was a bad day to be defacing public property.
Ming was arrested and brought to the local jail, where she aged up alone.
“Oh sister, you’re so stupid.”
Grand total: 27
Culturacy Points: 2
Unique Topped Self Employed Job: 1
Unique Topped Part Time Job: 1
Unique LTW: 3
100,000 Accumulated Happiness Points: 8
100,000 Accumulated Simoleons [House + Family Funds]: 4
Family Portraits: 5
Sims who received all traits with inhericy rules: 3