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Too Good at Goodbyes (Updated 8/11/2020)

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  • AdamsEve1231AdamsEve1231 Posts: 6,453 Member
    @AdamsEve1231 @Duvelina

    Oh I suppose I have the unpopular opinion here but I'd love to present the idea for discussion.
    I saw Allyson's behavior as a natural reaction and progression to her circumstance. From what has been elaborated upon in the chapter and the previous chapter that Luna was featured (giving her mom flowers), Allyson genuinely loves her mom, but there is a white elephant/unresolved issue which has been bothering Allyson up until that point and of all the times to present it, this was obviously one of the worst.
    "Sticking her nose in her life, crushed her and pushed her into this ‘sensitive’ box she didn’t want to be in. Every parent-teacher conference, every play date, her mom was always looking out for her, making sure she wasn’t overwhelmed. Always mentioning to the other parents or teachers how her daughter had to be kept in check"
    This tells me that Allyson is an emotionally repressed child. Combined with her sensory disorder, and (I assume) lack of social-emotional reasoning due to her age (also the fact that Luna can sway her teacher's opinion, which means the teacher is not teaching social-emotional skills critical for children to build self-awareness and emotional regulation), Allyson might not know any other healthy ways to express her emotions. Due to there being no one to assist her emotional development, she expresses herself in waves of outbursts.

    All in all though, she's still a good kid because after her self-expression, she becomes reasonable. I agree with AdamsEve1231 that mother and daughter needs to have a conversation. The best time for that would be when she calms down and even then, Allyson's needs has to be prioritiseed and a solution found, otherwise she will grow up to look out for herself than for others as evident of her branching out and 'becoming her own person' in the monster under the bed scene and looking out in the rain'.

    I come across as a robot at times but I genuinely am rooting for your characters. :lol: I like Allyson and whichever way she turns out I'll be sad but I won't lose hope on her.

    Hey there's nothing wrong with healthy dissent, @mercuryfoam. :)
    You bring up good points. I can see Allyson needs to be taught social emotional reasoning and she needs help processing her words and emotions. I do think Luna really needs to learn how to be a better parent and not smother her daughter. She needs a healthier outlet. Both mother and daughter do. Perhaps I was too quick to judge Allyson. She is still a kid. I'm just really protective of Jaqueline. :lol:
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 852 Member
    Chapter 40
    Whaaaaaaat?! Hugo has a kid? A (at least) teenager aged kid?! Since when?! With who?! How?! Eh, I know how. But why?! Does Hugo know? Did he have a fling with someone that never told him she was pregnant? Is this a scam? Are they after some monetary gain? But if they are, why would they come to Sofia and not Hugo directly? Gah, so many questions now. Duvelina, why do you do this to us? :D
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    @_sims_Yimi
    I'd assume you know how, yes. 😂 More will be explained (obviously). I wasn't planning on this turn in the story. At all. But the game threw two random visitors my way when I was playing Sofia. Duke and Hugo showed up right after each other! And Sofia didn't even know Duke. I took it as the game trying to tell me something.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 852 Member
    @Duvelina
    I love how your game keeps giving you plot twist ideas. It has a very good sense of drama. A very good sense of drama indeed. :mrgreen:
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
  • AdamsEve1231AdamsEve1231 Posts: 6,453 Member
    Chapter 41
    Baked potatoes taste like victory!?! I don't know why but that was funny to me. Now I want a loaded baked potato. :D

    I think it's a thing when Sims get kicked out of clubs. They cry. I saw it in a video recently. I actually do expect Christin a bit more now that I understand where she's coming from. Will she and Brody "stay" together even if he's not in the gang?

    Where's the fishing pond in Oasis Springs? I don't remember. I haven't played there recently.

    I would say poor Max with his house but I don't feel too badly for him. And he'll be okay, I think. Did the fire start autonomously?
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    @AdamsEve1231
    Max only eats quick meals, so this was a feast for him. 😂 I can't relate either.

    I expected the crying to be autonomous. I'd never seen it before but it was hilarious. Such a bad, tough guy crying because his rival kicked him out.

    The fishing pond is in the big park in Oasis Springs. Somewhere in the middle of it.

    The oven wasn't really on fire, that was just the broken animation. Fire kept coming out of it but it didn't spread or anything.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 852 Member
    Woo, go Max! And actually taking the democratic road this time around! With a healthy dose of manipulation, but still. He's good at this. I just wish he'd get out of that decrepit house already, lol. I mean - there's fire coming out of the stove! Get out of there, Max! :D
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    @_sims_Yimi He really should, he won't be in this house long anymore. Soon!
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    Chapter 42: I Owe You This is out! Sofia decides to invite the strange teenager in front of her house inside.

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  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 852 Member
    Yaaaassss I was waiting for this!
    That is very kind and mature of Sofia, to offer to do that for the both of them. It also shows that she still cares for Hugo, despite breaking things off with him. I really liked seeing that. The way she broke things off with Hugo and moved on with his sister, it felt like she simply discarded him after realizing that she could do better. It left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, so seeing her genuinely care is great.

    Are you changing Sofia’s hairstyle to represent the passing of time? I recall her having shorter hair before. Maybe I’m wrong, but if I’m not, then it’s a great use of visuals!

    Also, I’ll say it again – I love how vibrant and colourful your pictures are. It just makes me feel good for some reason, despite the struggles that your cast goes through.
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    @_sims_Yimi I can see that! Quick posting on your part.
    Yes, I didn't want to completely villainize Sofia. No one is completely black or white. It'd be weird if Sofia hadn't cared for Hugo after all these years together, so I wanted to display that.

    I'm so glad you noticed! Sofia's hair is indeed growing. I've been very careful while selecting Sofia's hair to see which one was longer than the last one, but not unrealistically long. I've become very aware of styling after Sofia got into bubble blowing.

    I like that the colourful pictures are such a contrast with the serious events going on. I didn't want the story to be too dark and keep it somewhat fluffy. And I love bright colours, so the pictures have become more vibrant throughout. o:)
  • mercuryfoammercuryfoam Posts: 629 Member
    Ch 42
    I like that the colourful pictures are such a contrast with the serious events going on. I didn't want the story to be too dark and keep it somewhat fluffy. And I love bright colours, so the pictures have become more vibrant throughout

    I have to agree with you there. The vibrancy of your pictures help ease the darker chapters. Though I didn't feel this chapter was dark. (Then again my darkness meter is probably broken.)

    I'm crossing my fingers that Hugo's pov gets featured next!
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    @mercuryfoam
    I wouldn't describe this chapter as dark either, don't worry!

    I've written the next update a little while ago, but from memory, I think Hugo coming over is the next chapter, yes. 😁
  • AdamsEve1231AdamsEve1231 Posts: 6,453 Member
    Ahhhh I want more! Haha. I'm impatiently awaiting your next chapter!
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 852 Member
    Chapter 43
    I'm so glad to see those two reconnect a bit, even if it's over something as chaotic as a child that nobody knew about. It also made me really want to see Hugo reconnect with his sister, too. If him and Sofia can have a good conversation, then him and Luna should be able to move past the awkwardness, too. This definitely came from Sofia, though. Since Luna and Hugo are both super conflict-averse, that talk might not go that well... :s
  • DuvelinaDuvelina Posts: 1,150 Member
    @_sims_Yimi
    Yeah... In the game the talk between Luna and Hugo has happened and it might bring some sad times.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 852 Member
    @Duvelina
    Oh, no. :D Oh dear. I mean, I live for the drama, but oh dear. :D
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