Why so glum, Auden?
“I think Griselda pranked the bathroom sink without any of us realizing. I went to brush my teeth and I got sprayed.”
Ah, I see. Griselda certainly does love her booby traps.
Anyway, welcome back to the Scatterday Matriarchy! I can’t be bothered to fully recap last chapter, but Reginald and Cornelius aged into young adults and moved out, and Hortense and Zhan got into several fights because of their clashing Evil and Good traits.
Griselda’s booby traps continue to infuriate her family members.
“Seriously Griselda, you have got to stop booby trapping everything! We’re all getting sick of being sprayed and having our hair dyed in the shower.”
“Ugh, MOM! They’re just some harmless fun! You guys have no sense of humour!”
“Think that all you want, but knock off the pranks, Missy!”
Breakfast was an uncomfortable affair as Griselda and Auden ignored each other, not wanting to start a fight.
“WAAAUUGH! GRISELDA! WHAT DID WE JUST TALK ABOUT IN THE BATHROOM?!”
“Come on, Mom! I set that last night, before our conversation!”
“Auugh I can’t stop it! Make it stop now!”
Auden wasn’t the only Scatterday falling prey to Griselda’s booby traps.
“IF YOU WANNABE MY LOVER, YOU GOTTA GET WITH MY FRIENDS….”
“…wait a minute…something doesn’t feel right here…”
“Aww, not again! Godfuckingdamnit Griselda!”
“I’ll get you one day, little sister. One day.”
I love Hortense’s expression in this shot, by the way. She looks like an Upper-Class Twit of the Year participant.
This is Zhan in his Top Gun uniform! Doesn’t he look cute? Ready for a bunch of beach volleyball for sure!
Prom is happening soon! I suppose I should try to find Griselda a date for that. I would find one for Hortense too, but she’d probably scare away any prospective suitors, and she’s due to grow up right before the prom. I’d feel bad about Hortense not getting a prom (she aged up the day of the boys’ prom), but she’d probably hate prom anyway.
“Ah, a nice relaxing shower is just what I needed after a day of painting…wait a minute…”
“OH HELL NO. GRISELDA?! WHY WON’T YOU STOP!”
Griselda is totally addicted to booby traps now.
“I am definitely a booby trap addict. I just can’t stop!”
Look at her face! This addiction is clearly causing her pain.
Auden decided to work off her post-pranking rage with some time on the water slide.
Hortense joined her for some family bonding after school.
“Come on Mom! Try to beat my record!”
“Wheeee….augh! Ow! I think I wrenched my back!”
“Hahaha that’s great Mom! Keep it up!”
Auden eventually left the water slide to make dinner, while Hortense stayed out for a few more minutes.
“Mmm! Great hot dogs, Mom!”
“Thank you, Hortense. Have another if you feel like it. We did work up an appetite on the water slide all day!”
“Ooh, hot dogs! Don’t mind if I do! Why don’t you tell me a bit about your afternoon while we eat, Hortense?”
Yes, Zhan and Hortense had a happy dinner together for once! This is great since they’re still recovering from their huge fight last chapter.
After dinner, Zhan cleaned out some rotten leftovers from the fridge while Hortense did the dishes.
They then bonded over a game of shuffleboard.
“Hortense, before you take your shot, I’d just like to apologize for our huge fight. Even if you’re Evil, you’re still my little girl and I love you very much, even if I can’t understand you sometimes.”
“Apology accepted, Dad. I suppose I’m also in the wrong too. You’re just too Good, and it makes me feel like you disapprove of everything I do. I’m sorry I didn’t express my frustration in a better way.”
“I also accept your apology. Now, think you can beat your old man?”
“You know! Get ready for the metaphorical thrashing of a lifetime!”
Eeep. I can’t believe Auden is going to be old soon! She’s probably not thrilled about it either.
Griselda may be trying her best not to prank her parents, but her sister is still fair game.
“*sigh* Not again, Gris…”
Hortense was surprisingly calm about this until…
“AUGH! WHY WON’T IT COME OFF MY HAIR?!”
Hortense’s momentary panic subsided after Griselda poked her head in and told her to use shampoo to wash the dye out, instead of just standing under the water and hoping for the best.
“Now Griselda, Hortense tells me that you set a booby trap for her today.”
“Yeah I certainly did.”
“…didn’t your mom and I tell you to stop those?”
“I thought you only meant no booby trapping you two while Hortense was still fair game.”
“Well…no. Anyway, if you want to be a good politician when you grow up…”
“I don’t, Dad. I want to write books and paint and make heaps of money.”
“Oh…well just get your pranking out of your system somewhere else. We’re sick of it!”
Griselda took that as an opportunity to visit the library, where she booby trapped all four of the sinks in the ladies’ room and got her booby trapping out of her system by finally fulfilling her Set 10 Booby Traps wish.
She then sat down with the lovely book Zombies? Zombies! and enjoyed some quiet reading time.
Uncle Bennie also happened to be there. He and Griselda enjoyed an afternoon of quiet camaraderie. They didn’t interact, but they enjoyed each other’s presence as they read their books.
Back at the family homestead, the backyard went through a mini-makeover.
“I thought I said NO picnic tables!”
And I thought I told you the tables are only here temporarily. It’s time for Hortense’s birthday!
Various family members showed up to celebrate. Here we have Cornelius, Reginald, Dean, Tyson, Adria, and a tiny bit of Aurora in the bottom right.
“They better like this party, goddamnit.”
I’m sure they will, Auden. You have a water slide, you moved the stereo outdoors, and you just put in a bubble bar.
“Oh yeah. They better appreciate this!”
Hortense kicked things off with a ghost story.
“…and then the cursed snake hissed, and slithered away. The boy’s clothes fell to the floor in a jumbled heap, and a smaller snake wriggled out of them. Nobody saw Billy again!”
“Pffft, is that the best you got, Hortense? I heard that one years ago!”
“Well why don’t you take over ghost story time, Kristofer. OH WAIT NO, YOU’RE NOT SCARY LIKE ME.”
“Ah, young folks fighting over ghost stories. Just like back in my day…”
…uh thanks for the input, random woman who I think works with Zhan.
Hortense’s ghost stories weren’t for everyone. Dean decided to try the water slide in his…uh…cargo shorts.
Auden decided to get high at the bubble bar, hoping someone would join her.
Getting high at her daughter’s birthday party. For shame.
lol I’d probably do the same which is why I don’t have kids
“Mom, stop getting high! I’m growing up now!”
“Hehehe…okay Hortense…I’ll just head over there…be there in an hour…”
“I’m six feet away from you!”
“….shit, I’m so high man…Auden’s not here, man….”
Auden sped up after being tempted by a noisemaker.
“Cornelius, man, get out of my way! I can’t see Grissy age up!”
“Uh, Mom, I’m holding you up right now, and that’s Hortense. They look a lot alike, but you really can’t tell the difference between your daughters?”
“….Auden’s not here, man!”
“Shut up, Mom! I’m waiting to blow out candles here!”
Everyone acted normal and not high for half a second, and then Reginald had to ruin things by jamming a noisemaker through the birthday girl’s windpipe.
Hortense made a quick recovery, though. The birthday sparklies helped.
An aged-up, pre-makeover Hortense! She rolled Daredevil for her fifth trait. Her LTW is Super Popular, which she rolled as a teen and I can’t remember if I mentioned that or not.
One eccentric uncle wasn’t paying attention to the birthday.
“Ahahahahaha! Everyone, come quick! Look at what Dean’s doing!”
Yup, Bennie was laughing at Dean’s crappy dancing. Which isn’t really crappy, but mediocre if anything.
Anyway, here is post-makeover Hortense! She looks pretty much the same as her teen look suits her.
Hortense rolled this wish after aging up. If my travel worlds didn’t freeze when I have mods in, for reasons I don’t understand, I would totally let her do this.
“Remember to brush your teeth after you’re done cake, everyone!”
“I would take that advice if I could even make it to the cake, Aunt Aurora!”
“Oh, you’re such a good girl, Adria.”
“Heh, Bennie was right. Dean’s dancing sucks!”
Bennie’s laughing fit exhausted him, and he passed out near the bubble bar.
“Shit, he didn’t have any bubbles, right?”
“Nah, Dean. He was too busy laughing at your sweet moves!”
“…so are either of you worried about your brother at all?”
“Not really. He’ll wake up eventually, honey! Let’s smoke more bubbles now!”
A+ hosting behaviour, guys.
“Try the berry ones too! Your world shall be rocked.”
Auden got her wish for a great party after all! Everyone had a great time and Bennie made it home soon enough.
And the stereo glitched out and couldn’t be moved inside at the end of the party, so the Scatterdays got a new one! I love this sweet 70s-style record player. I think it came with Generations. It seems like something (high) Auden would pick out.
Finally, some updates from around Riverview:
Kristofer has a girlfriend!
Reginald is doing well in his career!
Alicia got old.
Reginald is going to marry an elderly woman, continuing the Scatterday male spares’ tradition of marrying elderly women and not reproducing!
I was checking the girls’ sexual orientation, and apparently the Grim Reaper is straight. Good to know. Also, Griselda is apparently an acquaintance of his? (If you squint, you can see that she’s the active Sim in the background there.) Is it because she’s evil? Who knows!
Adria also has a boyfriend, and he’s a cute one!
Finally, Aurora and Shen’s home is apparently crappy.
That’s it for the Scatterdays this time around. Next time Griselda goes to prom and Hortense graduates, so expect some wackiness. Happy Simming and thanks for reading!