The Toddlers Grow Up

Before the funeral proper the Ackleys gathered to mourn Aulus privately

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Bartholomew was an insider who loved socialising and being in groups

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Rose taught him to play chess as was now a family tradition

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He turned out to have a real aptitude and enjoyment for the game, so much so that Rose and Allan began started inviting other like minded, gently bred children to the house to play and study during the holidays

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Allan loved to spend time with his children when he could

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But he only did fun things with them. More and more it seemed like a huge part of the childrearing was left to Annis, the unmarried sister. She loved the children but she began to feel a little like an unpaid servant and it really got her down

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Little Keziah grew into a child. Although it was obvious she had a keen brain that wasn’t considered important and instead she was pushed to excell in all the arts an accomplished young lady should

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When she wasn’t doing that she loved to spend time with her close friends Phoebe and Abeni

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Up until now Rose had had success publishing a few poems and short stories but nothing else. When her novel Dorinda; or The Path to Virtue (author: A Lady) was accepted she had thought it the proudest and most exciting day of her life. And now she was able to read an actual, physical copy of her book. Amazing.

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The Middle Ages – How Did I Do?

Goals

  • Reach level 10 Handiness, Logic and Painting skill on the same Sim – 1 points
    Yes, Aulus managed this
  • Paint 10 masterpieces and display them in your house – 2 points
    Yes, Kata and Aulus achieved this together
  • Have the same Sim be father/mother to at least 8 children – 2 points
    Technically no but I’m going to give myself this one because if the babies hadn’t kept disappearing Aulus would have achieved this
  • Have 2 siblings Practice Fighting with each other – 2 points
    No, I couldn’t seem to get them to do it. I guess Royce didn’t have enough fitnrss skill
  • Have a lot value of 300 000 or more on your challenge lot – 3 points
    Yes

Points – 8

In addition to this I earned a gold medal on three birthday parities and a wedding and Kata painted a family portrait. I also set up a family graveyard (I will exclude Fausta from this challenge because there’s no way for her to have an urn)

You’re Living in the Past…

As time went on, Royce became a young woman and discovered a hitherto dormant romantic side

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Her birthday celebration was small and though everyone tried to enjoy themselves Fausta’s absence weighed on their minds

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Aulus found himself ble to go back to his carpentry, leaving the running of his estate in his children’s hands

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Annis grew to a self confidant teenagehood and declared her desire to become a nun. Aulus told her she would have to wait for him to decide on a suitable convent bu secretly he didn’t want her to leave. He was terrified she would disappear like her mother had. In the meantime, Annis chose to live as an anchorite. She was walled up in a room to spend her time in prayer and the study of the Bible

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She cleaned up after herself which she had never done before

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And limited herself to one meal of plain food per day

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Royce was wedded to Allan Howe, a prosperous but common born man who was persuaded to take the family name and live with his wife’s family

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It was a more cheerful party than the last and it was good to see old friends and relations again

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Annis even left her cell at her sister’s request

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The newlyweds were sent off to their bedchamber with rowdy songs and many crude jests. Once alone, Royce embraced her husband. She had been prepred for this day and she was not just willing but eager to do her duty. It did not hurt that Allan was young and handsome as well

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She soon settled into life as a married woman

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Allan proved to be somewhat obsessed with cleanliness and would even wash dishes himself. But other than that he was a fine addition to the family, a pleasant, cultured man with a shrewd head for business

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John grew into a strapping young man with an eye for art. As a knight he would soon leave to join the service of his liege-lord

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On a visit to her niece, Aula was thrilled to hear she was pregnant already

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As he aged, Aulus’s health grew worse. The worst was when he found himself racked by a disease that caused uncontrollable giggling

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As her belly swelled, Royce began her confinement

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Despite her young age Annis wrote a collection of religious verses

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Royce’s labour was slow and tedious. She found she had both the time and inclination to eat during it

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She was certainly calmer than her panicking husband

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Finally, she was delivered of a son. He was named Bartholemew and his parents were very proud of him

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Well, I’m Back

An explaination. My game kept crashing for a while which naturally meant I couldn’t play. I finally fixed the problem only to discover that Fausta had disapeared. I tried everything I could think of to get her back but it was no good which left me too despirited to play the game for a good while. I considered making a new version of Fausta but I couldn’t remember everything about her and I didn’t want to cheat by making her more skilled than she had been before so I decided to play without her. I miss her though.

Strange as it might seem, the death of Kata drove Fausta and Aulus further into each other’s arms. It was as if the act of making life could make up for the loss of the beloved elder

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Tenney was sent to live with Fausta’s relatives to serve as a page. By rights, John should have been sent away too but Aulus whished to keep his heir close.

Aulus had a birthday and realised middle age was upon him

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Shortly afterwards Royce grew to teenagehood. She developed a great love for the outdoors and a longing for a family of her own. She began learning more advanced househhold skills

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And though it was vanity, she secretly liked to practice her speech and storytelling in  mirror she had installed in the laundry

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Fausta gave birth to a little girl who was named Annis

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But only a few days after that she disappeared, throwing the household into confusion and dismay. Though they looked high and low none of the search parties returned successful. It was a tragic blow to the whole family

So, Annis grew into childhood in a somber nd dreary household and it was perhaps not surprising that she preferred to spend time alone. She was a strange, quiet little thing and unusually religious for her age

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John, too, aged up into teenager with the family mean streak. He desired to be fabulously wealthy  above anything else. He was training to be a knight and he took it seriously

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He and Royce tended the garden in their mother’s absence

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While Annis loved to fish by herself

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Royce was extremely intelligent and she was becoming quite the chess prodigy

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Aulus genuinely loved his wife but now to soothe his sorrow he turned to other women. In particular he had dalliances with Mathilda, Lady Broughton and the Widow Coats. Their’s was not a relationship based on love but for a while it allowed him to forget

 

 

Some Stuff That Happened

John was learning the basics of reading and writing which was all he would need. Aulus helped him but he sometimes wished Spurius was still there. He would have been much better at helping

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When he had free time John liked to play with his sister

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Kata spent much of her time in rest and meditation now

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Though she would still mentor Aulus when he painted

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And when Tenney grew into a cheerful child she loved to spend time with him

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Royce was pleased to bump into her Great-Aunt Velbutena and a friend. She liked to meet new family members

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And she loved to play chess with her father

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Fausta was learning to play the lute.Since she loved music, she’d always wanted to be able to play an instrument

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Kata started to behave very strangely, often going out to paint at night

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Night was also when the children liked to tell stories although they were supposed to be sleeping

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Sadly, Kata’s odd behaviour and loner habits led to her death. One night while she was in the kitchen her dress caught fire and because everyone had gone to bed there was no one to come to her aid.

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The entire family went into mourning for Kata had been truly beloved by all

The Elders

Fausta and Aulus had another son who they named Tenney

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His grandmother barely got to see him. Soon after he was born she had a premonition of her own death

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She had felt her time coming and had tried to make the most of her last days, passing on wisdom to Royce

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And laughing and reminiscing with her twin, doing things they hadn’t done since they were both children

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With her last breath she begged her husband and eldest don to hide her deth from Kata

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They couldn’t of course. Kata did not mourn openly but instead threw herself into tasks Manduorix had once taken joy in

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Some time after this Old Aulus had a visitor. It was Eisu.A free man, if still a serf, Eisu had come seeking out the only man he had ever really loved

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They talked and talked for hours and seemed to come to an understanding. When Eisu made himself leave both felt as though something had been righted

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Aulus died with a smile on his face

Maybe put the furniture further from the lights next time?

The arrival of an heir was so exciting that the family threw a party. It was a wonderful oportunity for the older people to catch up with family members

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And for people to get dressed up

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Unfortunately a fire in the cellar put somewhat of a dampar on the event

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The house was built for warmth but that meant it could often feel cramped. Everyone would be trying to do different things in the same small space

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It was nice to get outside. Old Aulus tought his daughter-in-law to dance

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John became a child. Like his sister, he wanted to be an artistic prodigy and he was a geek. He and Royce seemed to get on

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Kata had them pose for a portrait in honour of John. She proposed to add the baby to the cradle when it was born but she never got round to doing it

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