The Scatterday Matriarchy 4.11: Pod People

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“Okay…how should I say it…’Nat, I’m sorry we tried to push things…’ or maybe ‘Nat, can we figure this out? I’m sorry we moved too fast and…’ Oh, this is stupid! I’ll never make it right!”

Welcome back to the Scatterday Matriarchy! As you can see, Puzzle got a makeover! She’s got kind of a goth 50s thing going on, since her favourite colour is black, and she’s family oriented. If this Sim doesn’t look familiar, you might want to go back and read the last chapter, because lots of things happened, like Angelo dying, Heimrich achieving his LTW, Manfred aging into a teenager, and Puzzle here becoming a real Sim!

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Puzzle wasn’t the only one trying to come up with a decent apology. Natalie figured she’d have better luck doing it through song.

“Can’t stop now, don’t you know?
I ain’t never gonna let you go….
Don’t go!”

“What’s with you weird kids and your synthesizer beeping?”

“Dad, this song came out in 1982.”

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Manfred spent his first morning as teenager playing shuffleboard.

I actually forgot we had this thing. I think someone rolled a wish for one after the move to Bridgeport, then I slapped in the yard and ignored it until now.

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“Hmm….I spent all night trying to come up with an apology for Nat, and I still don’t think I have it right. I better get away from here before she wakes up. I don’t want to make things worse…”

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“Ugh, I can’t believe I was such an ass to Puzzle last night. I really need to talk to her about it. I wish I could ask Grandpa for advice, and thank him for the potion too…”

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Later that afternoon, the girls finally sat down and decided to work through their disagreement.

“Hey. Your dad made some grilled cheese. You want one?”

“Not right now, Puzz. I need to finish this geography assignment.”

“Oh, is that some of that homework I’ve heard so much about?”

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“Yeah, first I have to finish this essay about the Taiga, and then I have to finish my music homework.”

“Music? Is that the synth I kept hearing late last night?”

“Uh…no…I was trying to write something else…an apology…”

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“An apology?”

“Yeah. Look, I feel like garbage for fighting with you last night. Is there any way I can make it up to you, Puzz?”

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“Oh, Nat! You don’t have to make it up to me. I was awful to you, too. Can we just start over?”

“Sounds good to me.”

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“Now, how about we make up for that lost kiss, hmm?”

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“You sure we’re not moving too fast, Puzz?”

“Not at all!”

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“In fact…I was thinking…if you’re ready….would you maybe want to be my girlfriend?”

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“I don’t think we’re moving too fast, especially since we’ve known each other since we were small, and…”

“Yes, Puzz. Of course I’ll be your girlfriend. Why do you even have to ask?”

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“Aww Nat! Well, come here and give me a kiss, then!”

“Gladly!”

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“You are sure you want this, Puzz?”

“With all my heart. You sure too Nat?”

“Positive.”

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“I’m so glad, Nat. Think we can make it?”

“I think so. You became real, right? Anything can happen, as far as I’m concerned.”

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“Awesome. I love you, Nat.”

“I love you too, Puzz.”

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Uh….yeah…no comment on the thought bubbles.

Also, shout out to my crappy graphics card for refusing to render stuff and ruining cute teen romance pictures with giant grey blobs. D:

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Anyway let’s see what’s happening with some of the other household members.

“It’s not fair! Why does Natalie get a girlfriend and I don’t? I’m the older brother! I’m a catch!”

“Mitchell, dude, it’s okay. You’ll find someone eventually….”

“Eventually isn’t soon enough!”

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Lol just kidding, it’s time for moar Nat and Puzzle!

Well, more Puzzle, at least. She’s my first Never-Nude Sim and that trait really amuses me.

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“Yo, Pops, can you teach me how to drive? I’ve been itching to learn since I aged up.”

“Well, uh, alright, I guess you’re old enough. But you need to listen to everything I tell you and be very careful, okay?”

“Deal!”

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“….why am I teaching my teenager to drive in my wife’s expensive sportscar?”

“Chill, Pops. It’s easier to outrun the cops in this!”

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This is about the time that Heimrich thought a proper Driver’s Ed course might be a better option.

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“Hah! Great lesson, Dad! I wish I’d had a camera when I took that hairpin turn at 80. Your expression was priceless!”

“….sandwich….help me…”

“Aww, stop shaking Dad! We made it out alive!”

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While Natalie was slowly driving her father insane (ha), Griselda finally decided to bond with her youngest grandchild. Naturally, this involved repeatedly hitting her.

“Oh, good hit Hestia! Way to go for my weak left knee. It’s always good to know your enemy’s weak spots!”

“Thank you, Grandma. But you’re not my enemy!”

“Wait until I ‘accidentally’ smack you in the face, then we’ll see.”

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“I demand more screen time! Look at how handsome I became!”

Ugh, fine.

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Part of why Manfred doesn’t get as much exposure as Nat or Mitchell is because of his Technophobic trait. All he does is eat, sleep, and hide in one of the two rooms in the house without technology. When you live with seven other people, one of whom is a Couch Potato who always has the TV on (Mitchell), you take what you can get.

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Hestia’s Can’t Stand Art trait finally popped up. What kind of child wants to sell a sculpture?

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…and what else did young Puzzle get up to on Sunday morning?

“Hee! This is going to be the best prank ever!”

…prank?

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Ah, of course.

(They roll the wishes, I just try to fulfill them. 😉 )

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Sunday morning is also a time for mother-son Insanity bonding!

“Hey, Manfred, did you ever hear about how the government uses digital television signals to bore into your mind and cause you to hate puppies?”

“….NO! See, this is why I hate technology!”

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“Oh, it’s true! This is why I’ve decided we’re going to continue only using SimNetflix to stream things!”

“Hmm, you’ve really opened my eyes, Mother. No wonder Mitchell is always so cruel and distrustful – he watches way too much television. I’ll be more careful in the future!”

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After that conversation, no wonder Mitchell wants this. He’d do anything to keep his beloved TV safe!

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Natalie decided that she was bored with her synth, and decided to bust out some sweet bass lines instead.

“Bah bah bah bah bah bah….bah dah dah dah dah dah…..”

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She did manage to tear herself away from the bass to finish getting her license!

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Heimrich also gained some Celebrity points, and he’s now a B-Lister!

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Natalie also rolled her Lifetime Wish! Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous seems to suit her, right?

*Cue terrible music that will be stuck in your head for the next five hundred years*

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Sadly, all is not well in the Scatterday household.

“Did I seriously just catch you trying to spray me with the sink?!”

“I….I heard it would be funny…”

“Oh no! My wife told me all the teen pranking tricks! Nothing gets past me!”

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Whoa. Heimrich’s not fucking around.

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*two seconds later*

“Heh…Heimrich will never suspect a thing…”

“…Puzzle, are you seriously trying to mess with the sink again?”

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I can’t even imagine the humiliation of being a teenager put in time out.

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“Hrrrgh….I’ll give him a piece of my mind….when I’m not in time out…”

All autonomous, too. Good job, Puzzle.

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I’ve never seen the time out interaction before, either! My Sim kids tend to only get in trouble once, or they don’t get caught setting up pranks. Puzzle was unlucky.

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Other Scatterdays were also displeased with family members (or de facto adoptive/in-law family members, in Puzzle’s case).

“Now…what I was going to do? Was it swimming? I am in my swimsuit…Oh, should I finish that screenplay with the giant gecko….?”

“Mom, you’re in the middle of making mac and cheese. And I would like to eat some, so hurry it up.”

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Manfred was also feeling rebellious! He tried, and failed, to plant a stink juice trap.

“There. Someone will have to run into this, all tucked away in this corner…”

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…and Griselda still somehow managed to catch him!

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At least Hestia wasn’t rebelling, though she is still a touch too young for that sort of thing.

“…and then Grumpy Monster was shocked! ‘But…but 7 8 9…’ he exclaimed!”

“Mother, please, I’ve known how to count since I was small. Now bring me Mitchie’s biology textbook so I can learn more about dissection!”

Ah, the dangers of parenting a Genius.

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It was Callie’s last chance to read Hestia to sleep, so Hestia could have at least humoured her mom.

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Puzzle Scatterday: Living Legend! And not just because she became a real girl!

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Widowhood has left Griselda…acting exactly like she always has, just without Angelo around to even her out. She grew bored with writing novels, so decided to return to her other love: playing guitar in her underpants.

“Oh, if only Angelo were here to appreciate my melodies…and then Woohoo me in the shower…”

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She did eventually start a new novel. If you get this title reference, may the Dayman bless you with karate and friendship.

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Deangelo, Frankie’s unfortunately named son, also aged up! He was hit by the Bridgeport Pigtail Epidemic, which seems to be affecting every townie in this dang city.

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Since he’s the only Scatterday cousin this generation, here are his stats and a makeover. Oh, and Puzzle’s plumbbob, because she just had to be jerk and walk out of school right when I took this photo. D:

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Hestia also made honour roll, unsurprisingly. Such a little overachiever!

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“Oh, Manfred, don’t you wish you could just quit school and HAVE BABIES instead of doing homework?!”

“Uh…..no….I mean, I’ll nurture a baby if it falls in my lap, but I don’t want them now.”

“I just can’t wait to marry Nat and have babies!”

“Wait, aren’t you both girls?”

“We’ll find a way!”

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“Kid, I like the way you both did your homework and freaked out about reproducing. You’re alright, and you’re off the hook!”

“Thanks, Grandma. Now I have to go hide in the basement before the aliens take my brainpower away.”

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I actually forgot that it was Hestia’s birthday, so she interrupted her bath to age up because – once again – I’m a horrible Simmer who never buys birthday cakes.

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“Oh man, I better make this quick so I can get a good night’s sleep before high school in the morning!”

I can’t wait to see what she looks like as a teen!

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“Okay bye!”

WAIT WHAT

GET THE FUCK BACK HERE AND AGE UP.

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I figured Hestia was just stuck, and bought her a cake. Cake always makes things better, right?

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“I’m too tired for this!”

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…and then she just stood there, not moving, for a Sim hour. D:

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“This displeases me.”

Yeah, me fucking too, kid.

Anyway, I figured there was some weird error happening with Hestia, so I reset her. This turned out to be a bad idea, because….

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“Are you my mummy?”

THIS IS NOT MY HESTIA.

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LOOK AT HOW NOT HESTIA SHE IS.

She was replaced by a weird Face One cyborg thing. She does look like Callie, who does have some Face One in her, but I can tell it’s not her because HER EARS AREN’T POINTY.

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This Hestia did manage to age up. I’m pretty sure she rolled Light Sleeper for her trait, but who cares because Fake Hestia needs to GO.

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She actually aged up in this hair, but I briefly put the short hair on her to see if her face had any bits of the Real Hestia in there.

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So…next chapter, Fake Hestia will be booted out of the house with Mitchell to protect the legacy at all costs. I don’t want this weird error happening to any other Scatterdays. This also means that Natalie is the heiress by default, mostly because she did not glitch out of existence when she aged up. Puzzle will be the legacy spouse – she is Face One, but I wanted at least one Imaginary Friend spouse in the legacy, and I can’t break her and Natalie up anymore. I really did want to have an heir poll this generation, but it was not to be. 😦 Also, if anyone knows what the fuck happened to Hestia and a way to fix this weird error in the future, I’d be super appreciative. I’ve played through about 3/4 of Natalie’s generation and her kids are all unscathed and Bridgeport did not explode, so kicking out Hestia seems to have preserved the legacy family, but dang was it annoying.

Some silly snippets of life around Bridgeport before we go:

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There’s a baby named Errol. ERROL. I’m torn between making a Harry Potter joke, an Errol Flynn joke, or an Errol Morris joke. If this baby grows up to be a swashbuckling documentarian owl, I’ll automatically marry him off to one of Nat and Puzzle’s kids.

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Josie finally got up to something! She’s romantically entangled with a vampire! This seems very unlike her – you’d think vampires are the kind of riff-raff she’d look down her nose at, but maybe she’s getting less snobby as she ages.

That’s it for this round of the Scatterday Matriarchy! Thanks for reading and Happy Simming! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “The Scatterday Matriarchy 4.11: Pod People

  1. I love Puzzle’s makeover; the striped tights really make it 🙂 And it’s nice to have a gay heir for gen 5, always have to have at least one!

    OMG, that reset-Face One thing has happened to me, too! In both my WYDC and early in my EPIC legacy, the child girls (it’s always girls) failed to age up, exactly like Hestia. I eventually found some dodgy CC that was incorrectly categorised for teen maternity when it’s YA wear… no idea why that was the issue, but taking that CC out fixed the problem. It is why I now save every family member to the bin after every birthday makeover, so I can work around it if the issue strikes again (thank god for nraas CAS option). Not sure if you saved Hestia’s genes as a child/toddler, you might be able to edit the Fake Hestia and put the genes back?

    • I’m glad you like Puzzle’s makeover! I also wanted to have a not-straight heir, and it just happened to be Nat. There’s a sexuality setting in MasterController, so I basically set it to have equal chances of a Sim being gay, straight, or bi. Maybe another heir down the line will also be gay or bi? Who knows!

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one who had this weird error! I’m not sure what CC could be causing the problem. Most of my CC is hair, but I do have a few teen dresses I should take a look at. I did not save Hestia’s genes, but I did get a message from Overwatch about a Hestia Scatterday being a missing Sim after I’d booted her out of the house. Fake Hestia is now an adult running around Bridgeport, but I haven’t had the same glitch since so fingers crossed that it will only happen the one time.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  2. Oh, wow! I love Puzzle’s look!

    But Hestia! I am really disturbed. I’ve never heard of this reset glitch. This makes me want to backup my games even more often. Fake Hestia looks like she’s not completely Face One, and she’s quite pretty. But you’re right — not Hestia.

    FWIW, I would probably have gone back to a previous save, opened up Hestia, saved her to the bin, then returned to the current save, edited Fake Hestia in CAS, and overwritten her with the saved version. I’ve discovered you can do that in the middle of the game — edit an existing sim in CAS and replace it with one from the bin. Then you can just go on playing as if nothing happened. Do-de-doo. I’ve done this a few times to replace the appearance of a service sim with some sim I downloaded someplace, while keeping the rest of the character the same.

    At any rate, Puzzle and Natalie are adorable.

    • I have a bit of an idea of what happened to Hestia – Angel Sam had the same glitch, and she says it’s caused by some glitchy CC. I mostly have hair retextures as my CC, so maybe something went wrong with Hestia’s hair? I did have a Sim in a different save use her hair and age into teen without glitching, so I don’t know it happened to Hestia. I didn’t want to quit without saving because when Hestia aged up I hadn’t saved for about a Sim day, and I didn’t want to lose anything. I’ll probably save before every Sim ages up now, just to prevent the glitch or fix them if this happens again.

      I’m glad you like Puzzle and Natalie! They are a great couple. I had a lot of fun coming up with Puzzle’s look too. 🙂

  3. I love Puzzle’s new hairstyle and looks. ❤
    Ugh, the aging glitch. I had it too with Bellatrix, resetting her changed my sims's eye color but that was it so I decided to keep her. (Resetting through MC because I couldnt even reset her with the cheat). She was heir and it still didnt happen in my legacy after that, so I dont know what the issue was.

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