Previously (a while ago) on the Brains Legacy: The family went on vacation to the Deep Forest, almost got eaten by bears, discovered a creepy guy in a shack, learned how to catch and eat their own raw fish, and sleep under tents.
Now the family has returned home and prepares for the kids to head off to college.
"Man, it feels like we were on that vacation for over a month!"
The white-haired kid is Jack Perkins Brains, precocious li'l nerd. (His twin sister, black-haired Lisa Loeb Brains, is still in the car.) He's talking to his big sister Magic Voice. The blond teen is TV's Frank. Redheaded dad Cieran wore a suit to the woods, yep. Ultra "Live Love Laugh" Mom Steffi sees something weird, but soon brushes it off.
And that's the only pic we have for nearly a week of sims time because reasons, but suffice to say, the story I had was that Jack Perkins really hit it off with Paul the Bigfoot, and was overjoyed when Paul the Possibly Imaginary Bigfoot came home to live with them.
(Why "Paul"? Because monsters named Paul have a long and illustrious history in the MST canon.
Paul the werewolf in Werewolf
Paul the projected man in The Projected Man
Paul who becomes a lizard creature in Track of the Moon Beast
Paul was the med student who got possessed by the disembodied hand in The Crawling Hand)
So for the missing part, imagine a delightfully written piece where Paul the Bigfoot is always just out of the parents' sight while the kids interact with him and Jack Perkins has a wonderful magical imaginary (?) friend. I was really disappointed that those pix didn't happen. :(
Moving on, I decided to give the teens each a date before college. "Hey, Matchmaker Lady!... Yo!... Over here!... Man, if she can't see me, no wonder it's called a blind date."
Hey, I remember this downtownie guy. He looks OK but grows up lumpy. I forget now which default face it is, but you know the one. Still, she can have a nice date with him.
Paul provides discreet chaperoning services (Steffi is at a PTO meeting or she'd never allow her children to consider dating, not at this age, not without proper safeguards and appropriate settings and activities planned).
"When I go to college, I'm going to eat nothing but pancakes! With REAL butter! And full sugar syrup!"
"Me too! And delivery pizza!"
Then, because why not, I decided TV's Frank should have a date at the same time. Let's get it all over with!
This is one of seidoo_ryuu's townie kids. She looks like a slacker, though, doesn't she?
"Wow, fashion emergency. Or do you wear that hoodie to hide your premature potbelly?" Wow, harsh.
"If any shenanigans happen, I'm telling Mom."
This little snitch is Steve Reeves Brains, the mean one. (Well, tbh, a lot of the Brains kids can be mean.) He's the middle child - all the others are twins.
"So, like, my dream is to not have to work at all, you know? Just hang loose and have fun? 'Cause, like, money is a tool of the establishment. It's just numbers on paper."
"Tsk!" says Steve Reeves in the back.
The Brains kids don't have a stereo, so they can't fulfill that *(&*^% "dance with" want that always crops up on dates, so they have to rely on their own native wit and reasonably good looks.
"Honestly, I'm just glad you don't have a beard. The last time I went on a date in one of Laridian's stories, it was with a dude." (True, albeit over 10 years ago)
Seems he has a thing for redheads.
I forgot what MV and TVF's T&Ts are, let's check, won't we?
So she wants a chunky guy with glasses and he wants an impeccably dressed chef. Okay.
All goes well, since it usually does unless you're on an ISBI or trying to make it fail.
Wow, double makeouts. If only I had some kind of sims bingo card!
"I'm telling you, Possibly Imaginary Paul, nothing good will come of any of that."
"You may feel differently when you grow older. How are the kale cookies?"
"They suck. I swear, when I'm a grownup, I'm gonna eat whatever I want and it's not gonna be this stuff!"
"Just be careful not to overdo it," Paul advises.
"Hey, Steve. Hey, Paul. You know what really bugs me? Our big twins swapping spit with people in the living room. It's super gross."
I'm not sure if I lost some more pix, or if nothing much happened after that, but suddenly and without warning, Steve Reeves Brains teenifies and holy crap, he's ready to take revenge on someone for something!
The slacker girl drops off a present. So if money doesn't mean anything, how does she afford a present? Or is it made of potato peelings and rodent skulls?
Nope, it's a used chair she picked up from someone's garbage pile. "It reminded me of you! Black and white and saggy and squishy!"
Then I apparently took a break (it's been six weeks since I took these pix, ppl) and went to the Spares House. Aragog Spider is there and desperately wants to start a family.
He has three bolts with his semi-cousin Flavia Brains, but she's dating Aragog's half-brother Lord Arachnos, who's rising in the ranks of supervillainry, so Aragog probably shouldn't get involved with Flavia unless he likes to live dangerously.
Then I spent some time working on the college dormie problem, i.e., where are they? I sent some test sims to various dorms to figure out where the dormies were, including Amar Hamilton, which at last gets him out of the townie dating pool. And he's every bit as crummy as we thought he was.
Eh? What's this?
Holy cow... That's from Mike Brains, the *founder*. It's been a long, long time coming.
Anyway, it took a few days of real time, but I figured out the problem and so now my teens can go to college and meet people and stuff! Yay! (You might remember that that was a problem with Steffi's generation, actually; her family filled up most of a dorm but otherwise there were no dormies around.)
So, let's see what Steve Reeves' LTW is, because -
Okay, what's funny about this is that Magic Voice and TV's Frank were going to have an heir poll (yes, yes, I know, we're getting there) because they both had the same LTW... Become Icon. And now Steve does too. Which is hilarious even if it probably means something got stuck somewhere.
Does this mean a possible three-way heir poll? What do you, the readers at home, think?
"I think it's time for me to get on to college."
Yes, it's really about that time. I realize it's been a while, btw, but Cieran is a Business Tycoon and Steffi is in the Education career track to keep her busy molding young minds. I also need them busy so they will stop trying to make babies. Steffi is kinda Quiverfull about it. Though she's getting up there, if her eldest kids are ready to enter college now.
Steve Reeves takes a shot at the microphone. "Tonight, it's Hercsapoppin! I'm so sleepy I can barely keep my eyes open!"
Cieran seems to be having a midlife crisis, what with kids growing up, college for five looming, a mysterious creepy hairy figure always in his peripheral vision, and a wife who only has woohoo when she wants to make a baby.
Let's just point out that Steve Reeves, with those new big muscles of his, could really mess up a whisper-thin lad like TV's Frank.
Look out, ladies. And everyone.
I actually did try to play it out as though Paul the Bigfoot must never, ever be seen by the adults. This was tricky sometimes, because I tried to keep him out of their way, rather than redirecting them to stay away from him. But he slept in the same room as his bestest human pal Jack Perkins, making this a nerve-wracking challenge.
"Ah, college. I do look forward to it. Perhaps you and I each will also attempt to be icons in our fields."
"I just hope Steve isn't there. It's not going to be much fun if he stays the way he is and we have to deal with him for another four years."
"True; but I think the experience will nonetheless be charming and delightful, with wonderful new friends to be made, and - "
"Say what you like, Steve's going to wedgie you so hard and you know it."
"What do you plan to study, anyway? Cryptozoology?"
"Oh, I don't know. Robotics? Or theater."
The older two kids are off at college, as far as I can tell from the pix. They're not here any more.
And then it finally happens! Paul makes his presence known to Cieran! Who seems unsure what he's seeing.
"Whoa... okay... I knew that Eridanos bubble tea was trouble. I'd better stick to good old Colombian Gold."
Yes, with the legalization of bubble tea blowers, Cieran has taken to "medicinal" teas in a big way. No wonder he isn't bothered by the sudden looming of a huge hairy man-beast in the kitchen. Or maybe he thought Steve Reeves had another growth spurt.
"Oh, yeah. I feel a lot better now. Yep yep yep. Imma see if there's any of those chia cheetoes left."
Still, word gets around the neighborhood of a gorilla or skunk ape or a nude hairy peeping tom hanging around.
Steffi even starts a neighborhood watch program, but they can't seem to get any definitive proof of the Creeper's existence. They don't tell the kids, of course, because that might scare them. They just warn them about strangers.
This seems so very Steve Reeves. If he doesn't get in fights in college I'll be disappointed.
Watch out, townie kid!
"Hey, next time try not to catch with your face, bro!"
"C'mon, rub some dirt on it and get back to the game, ya wuss."
Half the class probably fell asleep.
Paul is suddenly on the scene to hand out some hugs, while Steve Reeves basks in his own awesome broness.
Ah, the joyous life with a real imaginary friend who protects you from mean bullying older brothers!
Paul, hide, quick!
"I could swear I saw that Creeper running around the back of the house. He gives me the creeps!"
You know, it's true, what they say, about how most kids get their first taste.
Cieran doesn't know because he's out playing water balloons in his pajamas with Jack Perkins.
"You know what really bugs me?"
"Not now, LL Cool Bean. Why don't you run upstairs and write a poem before we go on our hike?"
Yes, the family hike! Nighttime hikes are so nice, aren't they? Especially impromptu ones. In pajamas, so everyone can just collapse right into bed when they get home. "Where's your brother?"
"Here I am!"
Cieran narrows his eyes suspiciously at his middle child. That goofy expression, that faint smell of honey and lemon... his son couldn't be... going to tea parties, could he?? Cieran resolves to keep his own tea set under scrutiny. He's an adult, he knows how to use it responsibly. Teenagers don't.
These twins get along so well, considering they don't like too many other people. They look out for each other.
AND SUDDENLY IT'S TIME
Time to age up the kids and get a move on!
Rather than waiting another week for kids to age up, because this is already taking forever, now that the youngest kids have reached teenhood, they're going to college. I'm aging up Steffi and Cieran by a week to represent the lost week so they'll be properly aged for whenever an heir returns. I'll play all five kids in one dorm and get it over with.
Steffi and Cieran are almost elders anyway, so this doesn't impact them too much, except Steffi still desperately wants babies.
Jack Perkins Brains T&Ts and aspiration:
Lisa Loeb Brains:
Lisa Loeb doesn't get a makeover because she's about to head out the door anyway, and this doesn't look too bad.
Jack Perkins gets a really brief makeover though. So far he's the most normal-looking boy, except for the face.
I'm torn between wanting them both to have "Become Icon" for their LTW (which would be stupidly funny, but also a possible problem warning) and not really wanting a five-way heir poll.
All 3 remaining kids were shipped off to college, you've seen these pictures before and you know what they look like.
Next time: College!