Hi all, and welcome back!
I’m here to present you with Chapter 4 of An Heroic Apocalypse – as you probably guessed from the title. This one took a bit longer than I had hoped, but real life (uni) and Camp NaNoWriMo got in the way a bit.
Last time Cris grew up to an elder (and thus becoming senile, boo) and got both the flu and a cold within a few days after his birthday. Mandy became a vampire, and Jane and Joel were both teenagers at the end of the chapter…
Now let’s actually start with this chapter, shall we?
“Woot! Snow Day!”
Why do you care? You can’t even go to school… Well, at least he’s cheerful. I guess that’s something.
Cris still isn’t doing very well. As I said he’s pretty sick and on top of that he’s hungry and tired all the time, so I’d mostly find him like this: sleeping in Jane’s bed.
Life for Jane and Joel is really boring and not a lot of fun. Their mum is a vampire, so she sleeps during the day, and their father is senile. They interact with him, to keep his social up (and sometimes to try to keep him away from the bugs outside) but it’s the not the same as it used to be. They miss their old dad.
As a result they spend much time together, and since there’s not much else to do they play a lot of chess, so as you can imagine their Logic was maxed out quite soon.
I just thought this picture was awesome :-) Mandy is my first vampire in the game ever so this was all quite new to me. There’s another “just-because-it’s-awesome vampire picture” coming up.
For some reason I still haven’t figured out Cris would not respond to the “Call to Meal” action. This bugged the hell out of me, since I could direct any of the others (who did respond to “Call to Meal”) except for him. Stubborn old man.
Speaking about bugs… Yep, he’s still stomping them. And doing practically nothing else besides that.
On his first few days back to work after his birthday I learned that elders are a lot less nerve-wracking if they’re at work! Which shouldn’t be all that surprising, really, but still. I don’t have to fear for his needs and he gets fed automatically.
I do wonder, though… What on earth is the army thinking letting a senile elder be their general?!
Ah, there it is! The second “just-because-it’s-awesome vampire picture”! Nothing more to say about it besides: Look at her! She’s awesome! I love that I’ll be having her around forever :-)
Poor Cris, though. I have to say that at this point I kind of hoped he would kick the bucket soon. I loved him as the spouse to my founder, but as a senile elder he’s just so, well, annoying. And I feel sorry for him. Look at the poor bugger :-(
Let’s turn to a more cheerful event. Time for Jane to become an adult and be able to start working towards lifting the third (well, fourth if you count Hopelessness) restriction!
At this point I can also reveal that Jane will be the generation two heir! Her husband will lift Culinary, enabling them to a) eat as much as they want and b) get a pet to lift Service Pet!
In theory they could get a pet anyways, but filling the food bowl counts against the one meal per day restriction, so that wouldn’t really work.
Something I was also very happy about: Jane grew up without aspiration failure, despite not having attended college. As you can see she’s sad about it, but I’m okay with that!
Jane didn’t find a job I liked as a second lift right away, so she spent her days skilling. She kept thinking about how she would have loved to go to college, but she decided to forget about it and focus on her responsibilities as an heir.
It took her three days to find an appropriate job, with which I think she was quite lucky: it could have taken her much longer! She took a job in Education, not wanting her future children to have to quit school the moment they turn teenagers, like she had to do.
Just wanted to show that Cris and Mandy still love each other, despite the fact that they’ve both gone through some changes.
“Huh… Has this happened before? I feel like it has…”
Jane has earned her first promotion! Only eight more to go…
Tuesday rolled around, which was a very important and exciting day for Jane (and me). It was time for her to meet the man she was destined to marry! This is Mitch LeTourneau, who is a Celebrity Chef (yay!).
Jane and Mitch hit it off and had a good time together, but Mitch left because he was hungry before they had a chance to fall in love. Since Jane and he had to be in love before he was allowed to move in (as per Intelligence rules) this meant she had to wait a whole other week before she could see him again. That also meant that once Mitch did finally move in, she would only 17 days left.
At this point I started to consider Intelligence as the next lift.
It was actually time to seriously start thinking about that next lift, because it was Joel’s birthday! Yay, generation two all grown up!
Look at his handsome face <3 And if you take a close look you’ll see the freckles! Also, as you can just make out from the bottom of the growing up thingy above Joel’s head, he didn’t go into aspiration failure either! Success, people!
My notes on this say: “Nooooeees.” That’s pretty much how I felt about this. His job was a really big help regarding me not going crazy over the uncontrollable elder, and now he got fired because of a bad chance card…
Romance makes everything better, though. Yes, even it’s forced and predestined and what not. At least, in this case. Not always.
Anyway, when the next Tuesday came Jane invited Mitch over as soon as she could and they finally fell in love!
Aww, their first kiss!
And right after that a proposal! Wow, she *cough*I*cough* sure knows what she wants!
And what the heck, let’s get married right there and then on the sidewalk as well, who cares!
Mitch – obviously – moved in, and that, my dear friends, means Culinary is lifted! Woot! *happydance*
And with that I also conclude this update! I hope to update soon again, but my priority will be on Camp NaNoWriMo for the rest of the month, because I’m really behind and I really really really want to finish my novel!
Anyway, thanks for reading!