View Full Version : A New Chapter Cycle 3 ~ CLOSED! Reason Enclosed On Post #149

7th May 2007, 11:57 PM



After a long and well deserved break, I have finally decided to step up and continue on with Cycle 3 of “A New Chapter” I hope you find this contest just as exciting as the first and second cycles.

I really would love to give credit to Plumeria330 who helped me design the main picture of my contest, thankyou :)

This time we are bringing children into the mix, something different yes, so if you consider yourself to love children than this contest will be for you.

I have given a title to the story this cycle, "The Escapee".

There will be a total of 4 rounds this cycle, it’s a very brief story as I wanted to condense it as much as I can.

I hope you will have as much fun as I will this cycle.

And let’s all begin a new chapter (insert smiley icon here)


With each photo there must be a short storyline, you can have anywhere as short as 1 line to a maximum of 4 lines.

Captions must always be in italic or bold please.

Please make sure for each entry that you include in the subject title the following please...

• The round that you are in
• Your sim’s name
• What option you have chosen

This must be done for every round otherwise I can not always distinguish the difference between each option and can be a mundane task for me and the judges.


*Human sims can be entered only

*Sims of both gender are welcomed

*It is highly recommended that you create the parents of your main character’s sim aswell as their two main friends, it will save you less time in bodyshop


I will not…

*allow text in photos as it will distract myself and the judges from the picture, your captions should do all the talking.

~allow backgrounds of photos to be changed, this includes trying to add other sims in photos and move them about if this is possible (I am not a photoshop person, although I am not anti)

I will allow…

*lighting changes to be made in photos.

~borders, please nothing to thick or heavy that distracts myself or the judges attention please, I have seen a few photos which has sticky tape edges, memory book style, I do not mind this.

*all photos must be in the largest size Maxis camera, I prefer all photos to be taken in game instead of the print screen option please, but if you must use the print screen option, please make sure that the mouse is not hovering over your sims which can display their name and definitely no plumbobs shown either, if you are trying to make the photo look unique, nice try *insert smiley wink icon*, but it will only lower your overall score.


Before I close I would like to say that I have one very important rule that I want to mention please.

Remember that everyone here is a part of a team, when one member doesn’t submit their entry you are letting the whole team down.

I understand that in so many aspects that you are here for winning purposes which is terrific, by all means achieve that goal!

For one member that doesn’t submit on time, they could let the whole team down which could mean unforseen circumstances of the contest closing! I am sure most of you do not want that to happen.

I ask anyone who is willing, eagerly and wanting to join, that once you do so, you enter in on time, we rely on you and everyone plays a special role in this contest even if you may not think so.

Think about the contestant before or after you or anyone for that fact, how would they feel if you decided to not submit an entry.

Enough with the pep talk, goodluck and all the best!

Remember to enter in before or on time and please don't let this rule scare you away, I have had too many contests that have flopped and a couple of contestants that haven't submitted on time and I am tired of the lack of contact that contestants have with myself if they can't submit an entry for some reason or will be delayed, so kept me updated at all times please via PM or this thread is all I am asking for.



The application round will be open for 5-7 days and each round will be 4 days, with 2 days only for the judges to submit their results. Please enter on time or PM me if you need an extension for emergencies only.

Countdown Clock

Round 3 Closing (http://www.7is7.com/otto/countdown.html?year=2007&month=6&date=20&hrs=6&min=1&sec=0&tz=600&title=Round%203%20Closing&lang=en&show=dhm&mode=r&cdir=down&bgcolor=%23CCFFFF&fgcolor=%23000000)

** All judges are required to be ready by the end of the round ending date for judging.

APPLICATION ROUND ~ 30th of May till 6th of June
ROUND 1[ ~ 7th of June till 11th of June **
ROUND 2 ~ 12th of June till 16th of June **
ROUND 3 ~ 17th of June till the 20th of June **
ROUND 4 ~ **



I have set up a little guide for the few who are unfamiliar with storytelling.

How To Write A Good Story (http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=11792)

Picture Tutorial (http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=24516)

I have listed an essential part of storytelling, the Hula Dance & More, thanks to Squinge if you prefer a hack free game, please do not download.

Squinge's Hula Dance & More (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=150132)

Also when decorating your scene make sure everything within the picture looks detailed, *hint* points will be awarded to those who put time and effort into decorating their scenes.

Here is an example:

Make sure all photos, have






Your sim child is eaves dropping on their parents conversation in the kitchen downstairs, your sim seats themselves leaning against the staircase banister. Words like “move” were heard and “Blossom Heights”. Your sim retreats upstairs and collapses on the bed and cries out not again.


* 3 photos minimum, 6 photos maximum

* 4 lines of text per picture ONLY (equates to 1 sentence) for a sentence to be whole you will need to preview your post, this will count as 1 sentence, so if you have extra space fire away.




Your sim child is eaves dropping on their parents conversation in the kitchen downstairs, your sim seats themselves leaning against the staircase banister. Words like “move” were heard and “Blossom Heights”. Your sim retreats upstairs and collapses on the bed and cries out not again.


* 3 photos minimum, 6 photos maximum

* 6 lines of text per picture ONLY (equates to 1 sentence) for a sentence to be whole you will need to preview your post, this will count as 1 sentence, so if you have extra space fire away.


Your sim starts to pack their bags the following morning after eaves dropping on your sim's parents conversation and are all ready to move out. Your sim’s parents walk in on them in their bedroom with your sim's clothes sprawled/thrown across the room and suitcases lined up (neatly) against the wall, your sim’s parents are confused at first and ask for your sim to come down stairs.

Please chose from one of the following options

A. Your sim parents having a round about way of saying that they are leaving this town and you want them to get to the point

B. Your sim parents are open and honest about the situation and tell her that she can at least have 1 suitcase unpacked as it will be a while before the move

C. Your sim parents giggle at the site, and ask for your sim to go and get dressed into outwear and have some pancakes at the diner, you discuss it their of the plans to move, however your sim is allowed to make decisions of when to move.




*Same as Round 1


The day has come where your sim has moved again, the routine feels very dull and boring, both of your parents spend more and more time at work and your sim feels more alone as they come home from school to an empty house this time it feels like "the world is coming to an end" when your sim walks into the kitchen to find a note sticked on the fridge giving instructions on how to cook "How much more worse can get this???"

After your sim has had dinner they chose other activities to fill in their time.

A. Your sim becomes more attached to a friend that they had acquainted at school and is pleased that there is someone to talk to when they are home alone

B. Your sim kneels on the couch anxiously waiting for your parents arrival as you stare outside the window, your sim decides after almost an hour of waiting to grab their homework and sit outside amongst the garden and complete it, however thoughts of your new friend invade your mind

C. Your sim is totally annoyed about being dumped alone at home and is tired of finding notes on the fridge, she decides to get some water and take a stroll along the street, deciding whether or not to make an unexpected evening call to her friend.




*Same as Round 1 and 2


Your sim is officially fed up, what used to be a big end of the world occurence finding notes pinned on the fridge became a regular ocurrence, your sim feels invicible and even a little "unloved".

Desperate times call for desperate measures and your sim does something unforgivable (this will follow accordingly to the options below, you are welcomed to have an action prior to your chosen option).

Your sims parents arrive home early that night and your sim is out somewhere and they are worried sick where your sim has gotten to.

One of your parents is about to call the police when...

A. Your sim is found at their friend’s house and is brought home immediately

B. After ringing up the police and searching for your sim, they find you asleep out on the garden with your school book beside you

C. Your sim comes home to an annoyed but relieved parents



3. Kaeru - Michael Wilkes ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=900945&postcount=24) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=908585&postcount=87) / Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=913193&postcount=117)

4. evlevnz92 - Mae Thompson ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=901855&postcount=25) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=907895&postcount=73) / Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=913449&postcount=118)

5. .~*Iris*~. - Lindsay Tranton ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=902144&postcount=30) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=907148&postcount=66) / Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=912424&postcount=114)

6. romyhorse - Che Watson ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=902172&postcount=31) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=908129&postcount=80) / Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=913529&postcount=122)

9. Spudjuice - Leonard Dante ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=904966&postcount=53) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=905996&postcount=60) / Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=912894&postcount=115)

10. PennyTheCorgi - Radley Burke's ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=905028&postcount=54) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=908999&postcount=88) / Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=912134&postcount=112)



1. Daltonism - Hayley Lituni ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=897776&postcount=9) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=908535&postcount=86) ELIMINATED

2. Julieth - Garron Pleasant ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=899461&postcount=18) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=906514&postcount=62) / DROPPED OUT

7. Kakashi_Hatake - Harley Ainsley ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=903077&postcount=36) / DROPPED OUT

8. DontDieKThx - Toni Weston ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=904882&postcount=50) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=908263&postcount=83) / DISQUALIFIED

11. Liadan - Natalie Harman ~ Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=905102&postcount=56) / Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=908048&postcount=76) / DROPPED OUT





Emergency Judges


Auroraspirit :angel:

31st May 2007, 4:11 AM
Approved 5.30.07
Ends 6.30.07

***Do NOT post replies and/or contest applications before the contest host has checked in on this thread, or your post will be deleted.***

31st May 2007, 8:58 AM
Applications are open please feel free to ask any questions :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

31st May 2007, 11:17 AM
Yay! I'll enter :) wait for me!

31st May 2007, 11:51 AM
Hey Aurora I'm not gonna be able to enter or judge, but I'm gonna be popping in to say hi and read the wonderful stories this contest always produces :D

31st May 2007, 1:38 PM
The main character has to be a kid, right?

31st May 2007, 2:34 PM
Oh wow, I can;t wait to get my application in! Is age 12 okay? Or is that a little bit too old?

31st May 2007, 2:40 PM
OMG, yay! I missed this the last few times so I sooo have to join this time! :D

31st May 2007, 5:09 PM
From inside: Are you sure Dylan? Moving again. What about Hayley?
She'll be fine. Or she better be. It's for her. She'll thank us when she's older.
My heart skipped a beat. Surely what I was hearing wasn't true. It couldn't be true - it just couldn't. Just when I've made friends - this happens. Typical. My parents are so selfish. So self-absorbed. So spiteful. I hate them, I hate them.

I backed away and hit the stairs, my sweaty palms sticking to the soft wood. And as I drew my hannds closer to my face, I realised that they were shivering. Shaking, what ever you want to call it. I just couldn't take it all in. Why were they doing this? Why? I wanted to roar there and then. Scream into the large corridor, send echos through the whole house.

I turned around, not daring to look back. I needed to get away and fast. I was meant to be studying in my room. I wasn't meant to be downstairs eves-dropping on them. Great. Just great. I fumbled up the first few stairs but then raced up the others. If my Dad found out that I'd been listening, there'd be trouble. For me and for my maid.

Once I got to my room I let rip all the anger I had had built up inside me for so long. "WHY ME?!" I screamed, looking for something to hurl accross the room. For years I was moved along in to each house, bigger than the next with a large group of maids to care to me. Every time I settled down I was up-rooted and sent on a train to my next cold shell. I couldn't call it home, and I can't call here home either.

I sat down on my bed, my mind racing. Planning, plotting. There had to be some way of getting myself out of this. I don't want to move again. I thought this might of been my first home. Truly my first home. And how I long for it to be. I never had somewhere to belong in my life. And this was going to be my place...

I am sure this is wrong. I just have one of those feelings. Please tell me if is and I'll correct it right away. ;)

MAJOR EDIT : I redid it cause I thought first person was a tad more interesting. If it's a little too long then tell me. I get a little over-passionate about my stories. :lol:

31st May 2007, 8:04 PM
it's back again =D won't be able to enter, but i'll be judging! =)

get those entries in guys!

31st May 2007, 9:10 PM
K, I'm done.
*gulp* First entry. Buergh. Every one will probably have some fabbo entries compared to mine.
But meh, at least I'll get an idea of the competition. :lol:

31st May 2007, 11:03 PM
Oh wow Dalton I love your entry, thankyou for being the first to enter :) I can't spot any faults what so ever with your entry, you've done a really wonderful effort and thankyou very much for participating.

We've got space for 1 more judge and 2 more emergency judges :)

Sizza: Yes, the main character is a kid :)

Thankyou so much everyone for your enthusiasm, I sincerely appreciate it and it will be good to have you enter Penny and we will wait for you Kiki, you've still got another 6 days before closing :) We'll wait and see how the popularity for this contest goes.

Auroraspirit :angel:

1st Jun 2007, 3:36 AM
Yay! I'm going in game right now! *dances*

1st Jun 2007, 11:29 AM
Thanks. I had to join this when I saw the title. :lol:
I love writing. But I'm in so many contests already. Ohwell. I'll manage. (I hope)

1st Jun 2007, 10:35 PM
That's awesome that you love to write and I'm glad you joined :)

We've got some minor problems though however, we don't have many people wanting to join the contest, I'm not going to panic at this stage as its picked up towards the end but hopefully we should have some progress within the next few days.

Auroraspirit :angel:

1st Jun 2007, 11:26 PM
Omg Aurora!!! no no no I can't miss one of your contests again! They always fall during my exam period, but you know what?? what the h***!!

I'm entering this, I just HAVE to!! and kids!! woohoo!!

If I have trouble with time though, I understood in the rules that I can ask for extensions in case of emergencies, so if I find myself in a delicate situation (stuck between two exams) I'll PM you right away!

but if you think it's better that I don't enter so that I don't risk having to stop or delay everyone, please tell me...

so I still have 6 days to apply... hmm better get working!

by the way... how are you? haven't talk to you in a while! :)

1st Jun 2007, 11:42 PM
I'll be joining later :)

2nd Jun 2007, 12:16 AM
"Let's face it, Lil, we have to move. Our house is a dump, and it's still too close to your parents..." That was his father. Garron huddled behind the couch, glaring at the wall.
"But Garron...he's made friends here. We can't just uproot him like this. I mean, I want to get out of Pleasantview too, Dirk, but we barely see him as it is, and if we move, we'll have to work even more to afford a new house." His mother's voice quieted, and Garron strained to hear her words. "I love you, babe, but you have to face facts. We're not rich. We could afford Blossom Heights, but...not anywhere nice."
Garron had heard enough. Silently, he crawled from behind the couch, past the kitchen, into his bedroom. Shutting the door, he shoved his glasses back up onto his face. This wasn't happening, this couldn't be happening! His rage and frusteration built up until he had to stuff his fist into his mouth to keep from cursing his parents at the top of his lungs. How dare they? They didn't care about him. They were just trying to get away from his grandparents again...
They'd thrown his mom out of the house when they'd found her with Dad-Garron wasn't supposed to know what they were doing, but he knew anyway. Mom had gone to college and graduated, against all expectations. She'd married Dad and had him.
His grandparents came by the house constantly, telling her she was worthless, why couldn't she have been more like her sister. Once Garron had flown at them in a fury, and actually hit his grandfather Daniel before his mom had pulled them away. After that, his mother didn't open the door to them any more, but they still came around.
Garron fell onto his bed, tears running down his face. He'd never been good at making friends. He was a nerd, and an angry, poor one at that. Three strikes, you're out, as his dad used to say back when they played catch. He'd made only a few friends in Pleasentview. He'd never make any more in this new place.
His parents were still talking in the other room. Garron pressed his face into the pillow and whispered, "Please no, please don't make them move..."
He cried himself to sleep that night.

2nd Jun 2007, 8:42 AM
Wow! That's so good. And so different to mine. Mine is like rich girl moving and yours is poor boy moving. I lubb this! It's awesome. ;)

2nd Jun 2007, 10:33 PM
Thanks, yours is awesome too! Now, to get some more entries to compliment...

2nd Jun 2007, 11:50 PM
Julieth: I'll let you get away with this time, but its 4-6 lines of text only per picture, be really careful to not exceed that next round otherwise you will get 1 point deduction per every extra line of text you write.

Kiki also asked me a really question and I want to leave this here for everyone to read.

The overview for a new chapter uses parents but can it just be one parent... like the mom is running from an abusive husband??

As long as the parents are constantly in the picture that's fine, because they will be mentioned throughout the story, he can't up and leave her or visa versa, they must always be together at all times.

Iris: So sorry I didn't see your reply, I've been in quite a choas lately. That will be lovely to have you return :valentine Thankyou so much :)

Everyone: Keep up the great work everyone :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

3rd Jun 2007, 6:36 AM
Ooh, crap...thanks for your leniency Aurora. I'm going to cut a bit out anyways, I think.

3rd Jun 2007, 9:15 AM
Will there be a set winner in this contest?

3rd Jun 2007, 10:17 AM
I sat behind the banister of the stairs, spying on my parents. There was something going on, 'cause they'd told me to go upstairs to play and stay there. That was plain weird. It was almost dinner time and all my parents were doing was talk. Suddenly, their hushed voices became louder. "Really?! Hun!", exclaimed Mom, "I can't believe they're making you a partner! And Blossom Heights, yes, that's not too far..."

I leaned far over the banister to get a better view, though I knew I risked getting caught. They were smiling, Dad was holding Mom's hand. I gulped. A.. a pro-promotion? Again! It couldn't be. "I KNOW!", Dad beamed, "And I feel a change of environment would be good for us all." Yes, sure he thought that! I felt tears in my eyes, I felt like I was bursting with anger. I had to get off before I started screaming.

I rushed to my room, terrified. We had been on the move since I could remember, and it hadn't mattered much - until now. I made friends easy, and that sort of thing, but they had promised me we'd stay here! I had begun school, I had real friends, I had a dog, it was supposed to be years till we'd move on!

I collapsed on my bed, crying like a little girl. I HATED THIS. I HATED THEM. I kept crying for a while, but then I sat up. I had done this before. I could do it again. I think?

I went to the bathroom to wash my face and attempted a little smile. I bet they were going to call me down in a minute and I was going to be a big boy. They always said I had to be.


I hope this is ok? It's been such a long time there was a story contest here so I'm really excited! :)

4th Jun 2007, 4:20 AM
Haha, I won't drop out this time---swear it! =)

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/7121/shot1fs4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

“Blossom Heights? It’s not fair to her, Marie,” I could hear my father whispering to my mother.
“I know, Dane. I don’t want this any more than you do.” I crossed my fingers and closed my eyes tight. Please don’t say it, please just don’t say that word...
“Well, I guess we’re moving.”

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/451/shot2sv0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I didn’t cry–crying's for wimps. I attack. I raced upstairs to my room screaming into a pillow. I picked up the stress ball my therapist had given to me, and laughing bitterly, chucked it at the wall. This is why I need a therapist, I thought angrily.

http://img470.imageshack.us/img470/8633/shot3ao7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I don't know what happend, but I couldn’t take it anymore. The tears just came bursting out of nowhere and I found myself laying on my bed, crying harder than I ever had before. “Not again!” I gasped. “Please, not again!”

(If the first picture is too photoshopped, just let me know and I'll change it. ^-^)

4th Jun 2007, 4:52 AM
Yay, more entries! Kaeru, lovely pictures, and Michael is very cute!
Evlevnz, Mae has a great character already...

4th Jun 2007, 7:59 AM
Daltonsim: Yes, there will be winners just no prizes. I'm going to add a little winners banner at the end of the contest :)

Kaeru: Welcome aboard Kaeru :wave: So lovely to see fresh faces and your entry is just marvellous. Let's hope Michael's life becomes better and very nice photo shoots :)

evlevnz92: :giggler: I hope you are here to stay, otherwise I will give you the boot ;) Welcome back and I love your application, 1st picture is fine, collages are welcomed :)

Everyone: We are still aiming for at least another 6 contestants, keep up the good work please. Iris, I've left you a little note for you on the other page where I edited my post :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

4th Jun 2007, 8:04 AM
I'm thinking of entering this, I'm hoping that I've still got time to do it ^.^.

4th Jun 2007, 11:45 AM
“Ana, you can’t do this to her again!” Daddy yelled. I waited with bated breath outside the kitchen to hear my fate.
“Calm down, Ty! You always said you wouldn’t hold me back. We need this job.”
“I know that Ana, but this would be her 4th school in the last 6 month. That’s too much for her. She’s just starting to settle in.”
“You keep saying that Tyrell, but what can I do?! You know I love it here, but Blossom Heights is an even better place to put down roots.”
“Ana, you’re being selfish. I don’t want to go and I’m sure if we ask Naomi she’d want to stay too.”
“I’m being selfish? You know all I’m thinking of are you and Naomi. We need the money and I’d have better hours. I could take her to school and be there when she got home. We haven’t even been here that long. After a couple of weeks she won’t even remember the address.”
I had heard enough. I raced back down the hall, into my room. I hadn’t even fully unpacked my things yet and we were moving again.
What was I going to tell Sarah? And Bethany?
I guess I was going to have to tell them the same thing I told the others; bye.
This would be mommy’s 4th job. I HATED moving! I didn’t want to leave Morrisville. I had just made friends! I looked over at the bag by my closet. It had the clothes and necessities I was going to take to Tina’s sleepover. I thought about picking up the bag and just running away. Who’d care?
I knew I couldn’t leave. I collapsed on to the bed where I cried until I drifted into slumber.

Pics Soon I Promise!!

4th Jun 2007, 2:12 PM
Cadence was waiting for me to go to her house. I couldn't wait to see her new Barbie! I put on my shoes and ran to the stairs but stopped on the first step, as I heard sobbing coming from downstairs. I silently walked down to the living room.

Mom was crying.

"I don't understand! I thought it was over! I thought we could finally live like a normal family, like we did when we met, before this whole mess!"


"Baby... I'm so sorry, I really don't know what to say to make your pain go away... but he found us again. Romano has men everywhere... but Detective Larson arranged everything for us again... in Blossom Heights."
"Blossom Heights? And how long will we last 'til we have to run away again?"
"I know you feel that way, and I know how hard it's been, but we don't have any choice. I cannot risk losing you or Lindsay or putting you in danger. Larson assures us Blossom Heights is the safest place on earth."


"He always says that... what are we gonna tell Lindsay this time? Frankly Todd, I've run out of excuses!"
"You don't know how guilty I feel. You both deserve so much better..."Mom calmed down a bit and hugged Dad.
"No, no it's not your fault. I'm sorry, I would never blame you, it's just hard..."


My heart felt crushed. I walked back up to my room, sat on the floor and held my Pokey. Move, again? But why?? We had only been here for 3 months! We hadn't even finished furnishing the house!
Witness protection program... what does that mean anyway?? Mom never wanted to explain it to me. And Romano... I didn't even know who he was and I had never seen him, ever, yet he had been in my life ever since I was born.


They couldn't do this to me. Not again! Don't they love me? Don't they care if I'm happy? This summer was the greatest. I'd made friends, and I couldn't wait for school to start. This was supposed to be the beginning of my life. My stable life. I guess I won't even be around to hear the school bell ring. When I was smaller, Mom used to make it look like a trip. She made it look fun, like an adventure. But now, even she was getting tired of it.


I walked to the open window and contemplated the hills. If I've learned one thing from all of this, it's to appreciate every second. 'Cause you never know when things will change forever. The view was beautiful. I couldn't believe it would be the last time I'd see it. As the sun set, the autumn sky filled with sad thick grey clouds. And it started raining. Wow... that's exactly how I feel.



Is it ok? if the text is too long, please tell me and I'll fix it :) This was so much fun!!

4th Jun 2007, 2:54 PM
It was early morning. Che dragged herself slowly out of bed and pulled on some clothes, heading downstairs to see what her mum had burnt for breakfast today. At the top of the stairs raised voices reached her and she slid to the floor to listen to today's argument.


She heard her mum's voice from below, "We can't stay here any longer Ed! This place is a dump and you're not working, I got another threatening letter from the landlord yesterday. We're 6 weeks behind on the rent, he's going to throw us out!"
"It's okay sweetpea, Bob's got a cousin in Blossom Heights, he says he can find me some work, and the rents aren't so high there....."
The rest of the conversation was lost in a wave of anger.


Che ran back to her dismal bedroom and threw herself on the bed. She lay staring at the ceiling. "Why can't dad get a proper job!" she thought, "This happens every time I get settled at a new school, start to make friends... why me?"


4th Jun 2007, 7:24 PM
I've got my house done, now All I need to do is make the family and write up the story. I'll work on it tonight at work during my lunch, I don't have a computer there but I've got a notebook, so I'll have it in tonight after midnight.

4th Jun 2007, 9:18 PM
Kakashi_Hatake: Oh wow, that will be great to have you on board, thankyou :)

kiki24: Great opening, can't wait to see the pictures :)

.~*Iris*~.: Oh wow, wonderful entry Iris, absolutely love it. I feel for Cadence :( Nice pic of her and her giraffe, very sweet :)

romyhorse: Welcome back romy :) Wonderful shots and your story telling for your entry is wonderful, great work.

Everyone: Will update everyone's entries on the main page when I come home tonight, I've been in a lot of choas the last few days and have had very few moments to spare.

Auroraspirit :angel:

4th Jun 2007, 9:26 PM
:) thanks aurora!! (actually, my little girl's name is Lindsay, her friend's name is Cadence :D but I understood hihi!) Hope you get to rest a bit and slow down that crazy rythm you seem to have lately :)

5th Jun 2007, 5:20 AM
Thanks for those who said that Michael is cute :) All the entries look so interesting and I'm happy we have more contestants... I was just wondering, what's the judging going to be like? I'm guessing there won't be eliminations(?) so will we have our scores added together starting from the very beginning or will the final round be decisive? And so forth. Being a fresh face and all, I'm interested :)

5th Jun 2007, 7:09 AM

I came home from school one day, I heard raised voices. It was my parents, they were so loud I could hear them outside so I went to the window behind the couch to watch. I couldn't make it all out but I heard words like moving and he found him.


I dashed inside, they knew I had heard everything. I ran into the den and plopped down on the couch, I heard thier footsteps coming close. I knew they were going to try and talk to me about it, I ran before they got there and headed upstairs.


I locked the door to my room and sat on the bed, they couldn't do this. And who found me? They think i'm stupid and don't know, I know I'm adopted, but I never knew why. Maybe this person they were speaking of was the reason?


I climbed off my bed and clung to my sock-monkey. Apprently he had come with me when I got adopted, he must have come from my real parents. But why were they hiding me from them? I was so scared, I couldn't trust anyone. Not even the two that I had come to know and love as my parents.

((Hope this is okay ^.^, I've got plans for this little guy ^.^))

5th Jun 2007, 4:13 PM
Oh wow. I love all the entries. Mine is like a spoilt brat but all yours are more interesting. *gulp*

5th Jun 2007, 5:04 PM
More interesting? Hehe, mine's just an angry little tomboy brat! xD

5th Jun 2007, 7:17 PM
And mine's an angry nerdy brat...Auroraspirit should rename this contest "A New Brat" or something! :D

5th Jun 2007, 7:46 PM
But yours have reasons to be moving. Interesting reasons.
But I could develop the reason in the next chapter..
When will we start?

5th Jun 2007, 8:12 PM
awesome entries everyone! I can't wait to see where you guys take these stories to :)

5th Jun 2007, 9:17 PM
Everyone: I like everyone suggestions, yes its true though, they do have valid to be the way that they are.

I know today is the day we are suppose to be moving on to the next round, but we are just a couple of enough entries short to keep the contest rolling, I'm going to give it one more day, if not, we will move right onto round 1 :)

Thanks guys for your patience )

Auroraspirit :angel:

5th Jun 2007, 10:08 PM
I wont have time to post my pictures before tomorrow so I'm going to drop out. Sorry Aurora :(

6th Jun 2007, 2:22 AM
:D I'd love to enter this but I can't until tomorrow. Is that still all right?

6th Jun 2007, 2:40 AM
Eep! I'm kinda short on computer time lately but I'll try to get an entry tomorrow because I really want to enter! Question, can I do the written part now and update with pics tomorrow?

6th Jun 2007, 8:36 AM
kiki24: May I ask why you entered when it was clearly stated in the contest rules that applications close on the 6th of June? None the less, hope to see you next round, please be organised next time.

DontDieKThx: That's fine, you've about 17hrs from the time this posted is submitted to get your entry in.

PennyTheCorgi: Yes you can Penny :) Please make sure you do submit pictures before the next round, otherwise I will have to eliminate you if you don't.

Everyone: 17 hrs from now applications will close.

Auroraspirit :angel:

6th Jun 2007, 11:15 AM
kiki24: May I ask why you entered when it was clearly stated in the contest rules that applications close on the 6th of June? None the less, hope to see you next round, please be organised next time.

Auroraspirit :angel:

I know and I apoligize. I have exams this week I had to study for. I thought could make time but was I wrong.

EDIT: What time does it end??

6th Jun 2007, 5:41 PM
PennyTheCorgi: Yes you can Penny :) Please make sure you do submit pictures before the next round, otherwise I will have to eliminate you if you don't.

Thanks, I don't think I'm going to be able to enter though...:( I REALLY wanted to but I just don't have time..Sorry Aurora, are you doing another contest like this?

6th Jun 2007, 8:01 PM
Wow, this contest is up to its ears in cute, huh? My favourite thus far has to be Lindsay, but I also love Michael! Garron's story got my interest, too. I'm thinking of entering - I even delurked and signed up for an account - but I just wanna check something first.

I have my pictures and my text done and ready for posting. Is it okay that my Sim doesn't have a Dad? I'm using the Mum's long-term boyfriend as a substitute - it's kind of storyline related, so if no I have to construct a whole new story. Hope you can answer this before everything has to be in!

6th Jun 2007, 9:43 PM
I'm glad my dad thought I was doing my homework-- it gave me the perfect excuse to listen in on the argument my parents were having in the kitchen. They seemed to be trying to keep their voices down, my mother especially, but I could hear enough to understand that they were talking about "business" again. I sighed and tuned in to their hushed words.

Suddenly, a shotgun fired, and the sounds of a muffled scream reached my ears as clearly as if I'd been standing in the kitchen itself. Someone was sobbing in the kitchen-- I realized it was my mother--, shrieking, "Why did you do that, Marc?! Now we'll have to move again!". My horror was only amplified when I saw blood ooze out from behind the kitchen door. I was close to tears myself at the realization that I'd have to start over somewhere new, for what was definitely not the first time.

I got up and ran to the nearby staircase, letting out a cry of anguish as the first tears began to make their stinging, hot descent down my cheeks. It wasn't so much that my father had committed murder-- I was used to that-- but that this meant I couldn't be 'Toni' anymore. I'd have to change my name, my background, my entire identity all over again, just for my parent's sake. It had always been this way, but still...I hated it.

Reaching my room, I flopped back onto the bed, allowing myself time to breathe normally again. Once the tears had ceased, I sat up and looked at my pet coral snake, Jacob. Ever since we had moved here a year ago, Jacob had been my only real friend. I had maybe one or two other people I talked to, but I swear Jacob actually listened to me. "Why are they doing this?!" I asked him, flailing my arms. "Why couldn't they just have normal jobs like everyone else?".

After absorbing all the anger I had vocally thrown at him, Jacob raised his small head towards me and hissed before settling back into slumber. I sighed, raising myself from the bed and walking to the terrarium that held him. "I'm sorry," I said, placing a hand on the glass in a friendly gesture, "I didn't mean to get mad at you. But what am I going to do? I don't want to move again. If we do...I'll have to give you up." Jacob's eyes seemed to reflect the sadness that filled my own as he looked back at me. There had to be something I could do...

6th Jun 2007, 10:07 PM
Hey, aurora, totally unrelated question here: what time zone are you in? Just wondering so I know exactly when the deadlines are, etc....hey, wait....that's not unrelated...oh my gosh! I asked a relevant question! =0
Dangit...now I have to go wash my mouth out with soap...

6th Jun 2007, 11:00 PM
kiki24: Ahhh I understand. All the best with school kiki :)

PennyTheCorgi: Awww :( Sorry to see you leave Penny, there will be another 2 cycles of this contest before I possibly rotate it again from the original cycle 1, its only an idea in the works so far.

Spudjuice: As long as a male figure is in the story through out that is okay by me, you've only got about 4 hrs remaining though.

DontDieKThx: Awww I feel for Toni especially going through name changes, its never nice.

evlevnz92: I've added a countdown clock for everyone on the main page of the contest and will be updated with every round, I totally about that system thanks for reminding me :)

Everyone: 4 hrs remaining before closing time.

Auroraspirit :angel:

6th Jun 2007, 11:15 PM

So it was getting late, and I'd just finished off my homework. Figured I'd go play on the Gamecube 'till I got told to go bed... but of course, Elliot had nabbed it. He had it turned way up, I could hear it from the landing. Stupid brother.

But that's not all I could hear. Mum was talking with someone in the kitchen - that man was here again!


Felix whatsisname... Mum's been going out with him for yonks, he reckons he can be my Dad or something. Always "Len, how's about you, me and Elliot go see a film?" or "Len! I spotted this game, I thought you might like it!"

I didn't wanna hear him and Mum talk mush, so I figured I might as well head back upstairs and raid the toybox or something.


Of course, that's when I caught something I didn't wanna hear. Can't remember what they said exactly, but Felix got a job somewhere in Riverblossom Heights - and he wants us to move with him! Even worse, Mum thinks it's a good idea! She can't wait to get out of the city.


When I got back to my room, I just threw myself on the bed. I don't wanna move anywhere, never mind Riverblossom Heights - that's miles and miles away! Everything I've ever known is in this city. I hate Felix, I hate him, I hate him.


I ended up with my face in the pillow for a few minutes. Ever since she met him, Mum's cared more about Felix than she does me or Elliot, always wanting to go out, or having him come over... now she wants to live with him! No!


The thoughts were dizzifying. I sat up and tried to get my head cleared up. I don't wanna move again, and this time it won't just be a house two streets away! And I definitely don't wanna live with him. I'm not gonna go, I'm not, not even if Mum nags and nags.


((Wahey, got it in :P I hope there's not too much text... I counted sentences so I think it's okay!))

7th Jun 2007, 12:20 AM
Eep, wait for me! Change of plans, I was suppose to go somewhere but I couldn't so......

"Jesse, no! We've moved five times this year!" Addison whispered. "I know sweetie, but I got fired again and there's no way we can pay the bills." Jesse said, rubbing his temple. Radley bit her lip and moved closer to the doorway. They couldn't move again! She was just starting to make some friends and school was alot of fun. This always happened. Daddy would get a job for a few months and then he would get fired and they would have to move again.

Radley could feel the tears prickling at the corners of her eyes. She rubbed them away roughly. Mom was crying now, she didn't want to move either. Radley didn't blame her. This town had been one of the better ones. Good school, friends, nice house. Radley had finally been happy, and now it was all going to be taken away from her. Radley slunk a crossed the doorway, being careful not to be seen. Sliding her feet she wearily climbed the stairs to her room.

*Slam* Radley slammed the door, not caring who heard it. It was so unfair! No one ever cared if she wanted to move. No one ever cared if she was happy. Radley curled her small hands into fists, her fingernails making bloody half moons in her palms.

She glared around the room at everything she had grown to love. Radley knew what was coming, the same thing happened every time. Daddy would tell her to take anything she could fit in one box and leave the rest. She glanced sadly at the dollhouse she had gotten for her eighth birthday. It was much too big for the box, it would have to stay. Somehow this made Radley livid. It was daddies fault, he had bought her that dollhouse for her birthday. Hadn't he known they would have to move again? Without thinking Radley started kicking and punching the dollhouse until all that was left was a pile of painted wood.

Radley sat back on her heels, looking at the ruins of the dollhouse. Gone, just like everything else that mattered. With a heaving sob, she threw herself onto the floor near her bed and cried.

7th Jun 2007, 12:30 AM
woohoo last minute entries!! :) Very nice ones too! it's so cute to see all those kids

7th Jun 2007, 9:23 AM
Spudjuice: Awww I just want to go up and hug him, such a wonderful entry and nice staircase shots too :) Thankyou for joining.

PennyTheCorgi: YAH! Thankyou for joining, I really appreciate it :) Radley is such a sweet little thing, another sim that I just want to go up to and hug, hehe.

Liadan: Welcome Liadan and thanks for joining, yes, I really love hosting story contest, so you def won't be seeing the end of this, its always a different theme every time, so its never the same. Hoping Natalie's life is a little easier :(

Everyone: *Does a happy dance* :jig: Its so nice to see so many people entering, thankyou so much Spud, Penny and Liadan for joining. Round 1 is up everyone :)

New applicants are welcomed, but you will be doing double the load including application round and round 1, you are welcomed to do them in 2 parts but you will be eliminated if you do not have both application round and round 1 completed on the last day of round 1.


Auroraspirit :angel:

7th Jun 2007, 9:46 AM
Awe! another New Chapter! :) Good luck everone! Hi Aurora!

I'd Enter, but I've got 3 RPs and a contest going on, lol... :)

7th Jun 2007, 9:52 AM
foolinthemoon: Hi, :wave: Nice to see you foolin :) :giggler: Oh dear, it does sound like you have lots to do, well, there's always next cycle if you wish :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

7th Jun 2007, 9:00 PM

By morning, I knew I was just being selfish - I'm only told off for it every five minutes. "The world doesn't revolve around you, Len!" my Mum says, over and over. It's not like she's gonna listen to me when I say I don't wanna go. I figured I'd spare myself a lecture and make a bit of an effort to sort my stuff out.


At some point Mum came in my room to call me down for breakfast. She had no idea what I was doing, but when I told her, she let out the hugest sigh ever. Told me yeah, we were gonna move, but not for a while, so I should unpack my stuff. Then she reminded me again how big a pain I am, and how she never had this trouble with Elliot.


But yeah, she's real excited. She was talking about it right through breakfast - how we're gonna stay here for a month or so while Felix gets the house sorted, how great Felix's new job is, how it's wonderful that we get to see new places and meet new people... She's not even asked me or Elliot what we think about it, though even Elliot's all happy about it.


I was the only one who didn't like the idea. Felix could tell, and in typical Felix style started going on about how awesome it'd be, and how we'd even have room for a dog. For a moment I thought about how long Mum's been wanting to get out of the city, and how Elliot'd finally get rid of those bullies. I could deal... I guess...


But then when Felix went off to the toilet or whatever, Mum comes over to and starts giving me this massive lecture! The usual rubbish, about how she knows how I must feel and how Felix isn't trying to replace anyone, and that I should try and be nice to him... 'cause it's all about Felix.


That's just stupid! I was making an effort, and now I'm getting a right telling off for doing nothing at all! I might get snapped at for being selfish, but I know I'm not the only selfish person in this house!


((Ooh, I feel a bit iffy on this, being the first one at it and all! Had no idea how to tackle it for a bit, given that Len was all "WILL NOT GO!" on the application round... here's hoping it doesn't come off too bad! And that I've got it right, since I'm always nervous about these things...))

7th Jun 2007, 10:08 PM
Spudjuice: As long as you combine the first opening paragraph and option B together, then you've got a perfect entry, you've done exceptionally well considering this is for your time entering in this contest Spud, good work and a lovely set out as well :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

8th Jun 2007, 8:19 AM
Garron woke up early that morning, vengeful. He checked to see that his parents weren't awake, and then began to throw clothes and toys into his backpack. May as well, they don't care what I think, may as well just pack... His thoughts were interrupted as he heard the door open behind him.
"Garron? What's going on, hon?" It was his mom, Lillith, rubbing sleep from her eyes.
"We're moving, right? You didn't want to tell me about it, but I know. Jeez, Mom, the least you could have done was tell me..." Garron was horrified to find himself close to tears. She knelt next to him, hugged him. "Garron, I'm sorry. We only decided last night, honey, we were going to tell you this morning."
She dried his eyes. That was what Garron loved most about his mother, her tenderness. Well, that was when she wasn't working or sleeping.
"We're going to go out to breakfast, okay? You, me, and your dad. And we're going to talk this move over. Come on, get dressed. We'll be waiting."
Garron wiped his face and obeyed as she left the room.
At the resteraunt, Garron ordered an omelette, the cheapest thing on the menu. His parents did too, and they all acted enthusiastic about their food. Garron had wanted pancakes, but why strain the budget even further?
"Okay, kid, here's what your mom and I decided." said Garron's father, Dirk. "We want to move to another town. There's an opening for a teacher's aide there that I've been offered, and it could turn into a full on teaching job. And we'll be away from your grandparents, which will be good for all of us."
Garron sighed, pushed at the remains of his eggs. They looked nasty.
"But," his mother continued where his father left off, "It's not set in stone yet. We're still looking for a house, and we don't want to make such a big decision without you." Her voice softened as she said, "We know we haven't always been there for you, honey. And we want to change that. But if we move, we might not be around for a little while longer."

"So...I get to decide?" Garron asked, incredulous. His parents nodded, and his dad added, "Well, you get a say in it. We're going to decide this as a family. Okay?" Garron gave a weak little grin. He was overcome for a moment, then recovered himself.
"Do I have to choose right now?" He asked. Lillith laughed.
"No, hon, we've got some time. Think about it, okay? We don't want to rush into anything."

8th Jun 2007, 6:24 PM
I'll probabaly have mine up tonight, I've got 2 days off after tonight ^.^.

8th Jun 2007, 9:04 PM
Omg!! It's lillith and Dirk Dreamer!! loool!!

8th Jun 2007, 9:48 PM
Spudjuice: Yah! I really like your entry Spudjuice, I feel for the kid though, it seems Felix is the only one that is important to her :mean:

Julieth: Its always nice when the kids get to have their own say in something important but still its not like he can say that I don't want to leave :(

Kakashi_Hatake: Wonderful, thankyou Kakashi :)

.~*Iris*~.: May I borrow your eyes please Iris? I wouldn't have known that at all hehe.

Everyone: 1 day to go before closing! Make sure you have your entries in by the 10th, countdown clock is on the first main page :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

8th Jun 2007, 10:06 PM

You know how people say "sleep on it"? Well... I slept on it. The next morning I was calmer, and thought that if they really wanted to move again, it meant that it was important. And Mom crying meant it was really really important. My parents are not the stupid type... well at least they're the less stupid I've ever seen. They wouldn't want to move if it wasn't for a good cause. I only wished they would be honest with me and explain to me why we had been living like migratory birds our whole lives. Well at least my whole life. Always aiming for the sun and always being deceived by winter. Thus, I wanted to prove to them that I was a big girl and that I could understand, so I started packing.


I had become a professionnal at folding clothes neatly and fixing up my suitcases in an organized way. I had gone through half my stuff when I felt a lump in my throat and decided to rest for a few minutes. I had started day-dreaming on my bed when I heard my parents walk in the room. I got up and looked at them. They looked quite surprised. Yeah, they didn't know I had heard them.
"I'm almost done! I still have some clothes to put away. But Daddy, I don't want to leave Pokey behind like we did with my teddy bear last year! Can't I take him? Please? I'll find some room for him I promise!"
They both looked at me with an affectionate expression on their faces


"Oh Lindsay... Come on, leave everything now, we're taking you to eat your favorite meal in the whole world.", Daddy said.
"We're going to Roadster???"
"Yes we are!", answered Mom
"To eat pancakes??????"
"Yes my darling, come on let's go!"
I screamed with delight. Roadster's diner had the best pancakes in the entire universe!


The smell of my chocolate pancakes soothed me for a while.
"Honey, we figured you know about us moving again..."
I didn't answer, just waited for explanations.
"Look... we think you've grown, and now there are things we can tell you that we couldn't before. You were too young to understand..."
"It's Mr. Romano isn't it? He has something to do with Daddy, doesn't he?"
"Don't call him Mr. Romano... he doesn't deserve any respect from anyone. Especially not you.", Dad mumbled.


Mom put her hand on his and continued.
"Yes honey... he's a very very bad man, and has been very very mean to your dad. And we just want nothing to do with him, that's why we keep moving when he finds out where we are."
"But can't you call the police?"
"It's a little more complicated than that Lindsay, darling", said my dad, trying to smile, but his tone was full of sorrow.
"So we have to keep running away from him? But that means we can never decide of anything!"


"Well, we think we can... Lindsay, we don't want to scare you, but this man can harm us. But if you really want to stay here, maybe we could try to work something out."
"You're actually asking for my opinion?"
"Yes Lindsay. Even if you thought it didn't mean anything to us, your thoughts matter to us very much. And we've acted until now for your best interest, have no doubt about that. We just think you're big enough now to tell us what you have on your mind."
That's all I needed to know. That they cared about my feelings: "Whatever you think is best... but I'm sad of leaving. I am happy here..."I knew hearing this from me hurt them. But it was the truth.

8th Jun 2007, 10:15 PM
.~*Iris*~.: Awww what an update, I really enjoyed it :) Please remember to include your option in your subject title could you add that for me please :) Sweet entry :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

8th Jun 2007, 10:32 PM
Wow, I'm loving these round 1 entries =) Lindsay's dad is very attractive Iris *drools*

8th Jun 2007, 10:46 PM
oooh sorry aurora, forgot about the option in the title! but I fixed it :) Is it too long? the text I mean... cause I tried to make it as short as possible but you know how I am when it comes to story writting...

FireAzor:yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyy!! you think he's hot too?? I'm like in love with him! :D thanks!

8th Jun 2007, 11:13 PM
Well, it's a little tough to get an unbiased perspective in first person :P

Oh, and Lindsay is still so awesome. Her dad is hot, too, so I also contribute to the drool-puddle.

9th Jun 2007, 7:34 AM
Mmm, yes...Iris, what is it with you and amazingly hot sim men?
Heh, you're right, it's Dirk and Lillith...they're my favorite family right now and I was like, if I'm going to be playing them anyway, why not make them a part of Aurora's contest?

9th Jun 2007, 8:09 AM
... just poking in to say that the contest looks absolutely wonderful Aurora!! :thumb:
and all of these entries look AMAZING!!! I'll be watching from the sidelines for sure! ;) Good luck everyone!! :D

9th Jun 2007, 6:17 PM
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I sat down in my room and glared at the door, waiting for my stupid parents to walk in. Everything was packed up, and I was ready to go. I heard them walk up the stairs, and I started to shake. No repeat performances, idiot, I told myself, blinking back the tears in my eyes. “Mae?” My mother stuck her head into my room and opened her mouth as if to say something, but stopped. Good. Now she knew what I felt like.

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“...Mae? What is all of this?” She asked quietly, almost like she was trying not to cry. Good for her.
“Well, let’s get going. We’re moving again, aren’t we?” Even I could feel the holes I was burning into her with my stare. “Feels pretty good to know you’ve screwed me over once again, huh, mom?”
And then, before I could put in another word, she started to laugh. SHE STARTED TO LAUGH!

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My dad must have heard her, because within moments, he was in my room, laughing it up as well. “I hate you both!” I screamed at them. “It’s real hilarious that your daughter’s life is over, right?! HAHA!” They tried to restrain their laughter.
“Mae, it’s just...” my mom started to say.
“Mae, go get dressed. We’re going to the diner,” my dad finished for her, acting a bit more serious now.

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We had pancakes at the diner, and in between bites my parents tried to “explain the situation” to me like “mature adults.”
“Mae, you have to understand that we have no control over this. We’ve been a little...well, low on funds lately, and your grandmother has hooked me up with a really great job,” my dad said.
“Why couldn’t she get you a job here?” I snarled.
“Kid, it’s not that simple.”

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“Look, Mae, it’s not all bad. The neighborhood there has tons of other families with kids your age. We went to check it out last month and I KNOW you’ll love it,” my mom said.
“Gimme a break. The other kids will probably just be a bunch of prissie girly-girls like the last time we moved. I’m happy HERE! PLEASE,” I pleaded.
My parents exchanged glances and sighed.

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“What if we let YOU decide when to move?” my mom asked. My dad started to protest but she stopped him.
“Fine,” I said. They let out relieved sighs. “Never.”
“Mae!” my dad yelled. “You’re really being difficult! We’re trying to compromise here, but you’re acting like a spoiled brat!” I pushed away my plate of pancakes and ran out of there as fast as I could.

9th Jun 2007, 7:36 PM
I'm going to take pictures now. >3

9th Jun 2007, 8:58 PM
sadly I'm going to have to bow out, I've been ill lately and should be resting. Plus the fact that I can't figure out how to resize pictures so they fit within the rules :(. I've tried everything and the quality just keeps getting worse..I am sorry I really wanted to do this contest too...

9th Jun 2007, 10:26 PM
wait a minute... we still have 4 hours and only 5 people submitted round 1???

9th Jun 2007, 10:37 PM
.~*Iris*~.: As long as you know in yourself that you have done it right, then you have and from my perspective it looks good :)

Plumeria330: Thankyou so much for your comments I sincerely appreciate it, I'd appreciate your extra "cheer-me-on" lol :D Thankyou :)

evlevnz92: Oh dear! It looks Mae is really stubborn about the move, let's just hope she relaxes a little more.

Liadan: Aww, what an entry, its hard on the kids most of the times when it comes to moving all the time :( Great entry Liadan :)

.~*Iris*~.: Unfortunately so Iris, I will extend this round for another 6 hrs if worst comes to worst, but this is the time that it was suppose to be closing.

Auroraspirit :angel:

9th Jun 2007, 10:48 PM
It's a shame the others haven't got their entries in yet, really. I've been wanting to see how they handle it. Plus I really wanna find out what the next round is XD Been looking forward to it~

9th Jun 2007, 11:15 PM
Saturday morning came, I was planning on meeting my friend Julie at the park, but I figured there was no point, I may as well get on with packing. It didn't take long to pack my meagre belongings, a small suitcase for my clothes and a cardboard box for my toys. I heard the door opening behind me.
"What are you doing Che?" mum asked.
"Packing." I replied, "I heard you and dad talking yesterday...."
"Come downstairs and we'll talk about it." she said.


I followed her down to the living room.
"Che heard us talking yesterday." she said to my dad, "She's all packed and ready to go!"
My dad supressed a laugh. "I'm sorry princess, we should have told you sooner. Yes, we're going to be moving again, there's a job in the offing in Blossom Heights. But nothing's finalised yet, it's not going to be for a few weeks yet."
I turned to my mum, "Yes, sweetheart, that's right, there's no need to pack up yet. Why don't you go and unpack your case, for now."


I raced upstairs and pulled Eeyore out of the box and gave him a big hug. I glanced at my watch, time to meet Julie! Maybe things would be okay.


9th Jun 2007, 11:23 PM
yay for Romy!!

10th Jun 2007, 1:10 AM
Spudjuice: Me too Spud :hmm: There isn't much I can do unfortunately, I know one person may just hand it on time, other than that, I haven't heard back from many other people, I'm just hoping we aren't going to end up like all the other cycles and there won't be anyone to eliminate per round and it really sucks when I have to annulate (target) one person :/

Romyhorse: Thankyou for submitting before time :) Wonderful entry to boot. There is a tiny couple of things you have gotten, what option you have chosen to be placed in your subject title aswell as a spelling error (at least I think you have unless you have slanged it) I can't tell you exactly where it is in your entry because it would be unfair to everyone else when it comes to judging, but I thought I would point it out to you :)

Everyone: We are missing quite a few people, please, please get your entries in asap.

Auroraspirit :angel:

10th Jun 2007, 2:47 AM
It was like waiting in the airport all over again.
My parents didn't know it, but I hadn't slept at all that night. I mean, how would I even have time? We were moving again, and I knew the drill. Clothes in one suitcase, books and toys in the other. School stuff I'd leave behind, because I could always get a new binder, new notebooks. Just like I'd always get a new me. I had finished packing up, and now I was just waiting for my parents to wake up so we could leave. I didn't want to have the time to mourn over everything I'd lose.

I was so caught up in my own thoughts I didn't even hear my mom walk in, slumber causing her to bump into the molding on the wall before spotting me. "Tone?" She asked incrediously, rubbing her eyes. "What're you doing up now? And what's with the luggage?".
I would've thought my mother actually had no idea what was going on....if we hadn't been through this routine a thousand times before. I pursed my lips and stared coldly at the floor. "You know exactly what all the stuff's for, Mom. Don't pretend."

"Pretend what?" She asked, a convincing look of confusion covering her features. "Toni, you've got to tell me, honey, I'm not quite mastered my mind-reading powers just yet."
My eyes still aimed towards the carpet, I replied, "I heard you and Dad talking. He killed someone again...and now we're moving." Finally, I turned to meet her glance. "Right?"

As expected, she quickly denied the obvious. "Oh, no, Tone, where'd you get that idea? Daddy and I were just...talking like that, we didn't really mean moving...we were just going to go on a little vacation together. You know, go away so we can focus more on being a family." The way she ambled on, beaming like the world would never end, I almost began to believe her. Almost.

"Mom, don't lie. We're moving, and you can't hide it from me anymore. I'm not a little baby any more...I get it now. We have to leave and become new people because...because otherwise something bad will happen."
My mother looked shocked at what I had said, but, surprisingly, she sighed in defeat and began to nod her head. "You always were such a smart kid. Yes, Tone, we are moving. I wish we weren't, too. But it just has to be this way."

10th Jun 2007, 7:28 AM
DontDieKThx: Great entry, Toni's mum deserves to stop kidding around not fair at all.

Everyone: I'm sorry guys, I can't move on with this round, I can't afford to lose 3 contestants, we only have 4 rounds in this contest :hmm: :(

Auroraspirit :angel:

10th Jun 2007, 10:04 AM
I fixed my title, I couldn't find any spelling mistakes. Maybe you thought "offing" was a spelling mistake, "in the offing" isn't slang, maybe it's just used in the UK, it means in the projected future.

10th Jun 2007, 10:23 AM
I'm really sorry but the suitcases I odwnloaded were crashing my game so I had to remove them. So I'm sorry that isn't included. >3 I hope this is okay.
I'm sorry it's late.
And BTW Hayley has just had a new hair style

Since yesterday I've been angrier than ever. But how can I stop my selfish Dad from making us move again? I can't. So I'm going to have to get used to it. That's why I decided to pack my stuff. At least then I wont get beaten for being 'defiant'. But in my 'house' the only person I can truly relate to is Chi. Chi never hits me, Chi never makes me do things. Why couldn't it just be me and Chi in the house together? Why can't my parents listen to what I'm saying?

Half way through my packing my mom and Dad came upstairs and laughed at me.
"SHUT UP! YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT ME YOU NEVER DID. AND NOW YOU WANT TO MOVE ME?! YOU ARE SELFISH AND I HATE YOU. I WISH I WAS NEVER BORN!" I screamed between violent hand-gestures. My Dad grit his teeth so hard you could hear the gridnding sound. It was true and deep down they knew it. My Mom halted "Get ready and sort this mess out. We're going to eat out."

Once we were at the resturaunt my dad went to go and order while I sat obediently at the table frowning.
"Look, I don't want to move either Hayley. But you know what yourd Dad is like. Don't anger him. Please. I don't want to see you get hurt again."
I stopped - my mom.. cared about me? She didn't want me to be hurt. My heart throbbed and my palms were sweaty. I had never heard her say that before..

My Mom exused herself to go to the toilet and my Dad returned his face a thunder-storm. I could see his vain throbbing above his eye. I could feel his anger smack my face.
"HOW DARE YOU? We are moving you little brat and if I here ONE complaint about it you'll be thrown in the cellar for a week like last time. Now behave! Or I'll start on your Mother. Ugh. You make me sick." And with that he smacked my leg, his foul breath brushing against my face.

I hate my Dad. Why does he do things like that? Why? What hideous act did I peform to deserve a beating? I'm only human. A human who needs help. I don't want to move. I'm not going to. Grandma would understand. If she was still here. If Dad hadn't of... If he hadn't... I wont go. Even if it's the last thing I do. I wont end up like Granny. I wont. I wont.

10th Jun 2007, 1:19 PM

Mom and Dad never called me down to tell me their news. Instead, we ate dinner and played Monopoly and I was about to explode with wanting to know about the move. But they didn't speak up. I sat awake half of the night, thinking. I had to do something!


At four a.m. I got up and started packing my things. I didn't know where the luggage was, but that didn't stop me. Trash bags were okay, too. We were moving and I wanted to be ready. I was a big boy, really(!) even if I was just six years old. It was hard work, pulling all my toys down from the shelves, but I made it. I sat down on the floor with my dog Pepper. Whatever would come, we would be ready.


Mom and Dad both came to wake me up at eight thirty. When they saw all my things neatly packed up, they looked shocked, then amused. "Sweetie," Mom said, "I think you heard what we were talking about yesterday, and it's true that we are moving. But it doesn't have to be just yet - they have given Daddy some leeway and we actually thought we'd let you decide about the time.


I nodded at Mom and she came to hug me. It felt really good. But I still didn't wanna move. "See, son," said Dad, "They're making me a partner now and a partner owns a share of the firm, so they can't boss me around anymore. Blossom Heights will be our home, for good." A slow smile began to creep to my face. One more move I could easily deal with, if... "Hey," said Mom, "how about we go to the diner to grab some pancakes for breakfast and talk about the kind of house we're going to get? We know this isn't easy for you, so we want to spoil you a bit."


We walked to the diner that was just around the block. It was a happy walk, because they told me about all the nice things in Blossom Heights - we could get a pool and a pond and there was a skiing place and a skating rink! "I really think it's the best for us all," Mom chirped. Us all? What was this "us all" -business about? As far as I know, Mom never talked like that about us three before. Us all sounded like a whole lot of people...

Am terribly sorry I'm late - I haven't been able to get online for a couple of days and I misunderstood/read the deadline the last time I was here.

10th Jun 2007, 9:59 PM
Radley turned around in a slow circle, scanning the room for anything she might have missed packing. Although she was usually only allowed one suitcase, Radley was intent on taking more this time. "Radley, breakfast is almost ready. Are you com-" Addison stopped mid sentence when she saw the huge mess spread out a crossed Radley's bedroom floor. "Radley, what are you doing?!" She asked.
"I'm packing. I heard daddy say we're moving..again."Radley said, without turning around. Addison sighed. 'Oh sweety.." She didn't get any farther though before Radley's thin shoulders started to shake with silent sobs. Kneeling next to her, Addison put her arms around her young daughter. " Come downstairs and let me explain, ok?" she said quietly.http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k166/KarmaCorgi/Radley-1-2.jpg
Radley nodded and wiped her face. 'Fine.." she mumbled, following Addison out the door and down the hall. Radley kept her face blank and her shoulders slumped but inside a fire was burning. The anger from the evening before continued to fill her with anger.
"Sit down honey." Addison said gently. Radley slumped onto the end of the couch. "I know it's hard to understand but...maybe a new start is what we need?" Addison started in. Radley stared unblinking at the floor, chewing at a thumbnail. "I know you'll miss your friends and some of the things we leave behind, but I'm sure you'll make new friends and there was really nothing we could do." Radley stiffened, leaping off the couch.
"Nothing you could do?!" she yelled. "What do you mean there was nothing you could do?! Couldn't daddy just get another job? Or we could sell some stuff or borrow money. How could you say there was nothing you could do when you didn't do anything to begin with?! This is all his fault and you know it! Why won't you do anything?! don't you want to stay somewhere? What about me and Luca, don't you care about how we feel?"
Addison said nothing, she just sat there with her lower lip trembling. Radley sniffed, trying not to cry. She felt bad for making her mother that upset. It was his fault though and everyone knew it. If daddy would stop gambling this wouldn't keep happening. Unable to keep the tears back any longer, Radley let out a shallow sob."I-I hate you!" she yelled, running from the room.


10th Jun 2007, 10:13 PM
yeeeeeeeyy everyone submitted their rounds! :) I loved that last picture Penny!

10th Jun 2007, 10:28 PM
yeeeeeeeyy everyone submitted their rounds! :) I loved that last picture Penny!

Thanks Iris, your pics are amazing. :) Eep, judging time always makes me nervous...:blink:

10th Jun 2007, 11:34 PM
Daltonism: Oh gosh, I would be taking 10 steps backwards if I had a dad like that, I think the mother should have said goodbye to him a long long time ago :hmm:

Kaeru: I really enjoyed your round 1 entry, it had a sweet characteristic feel to it, nicely done.

PennyTheCorgi: Oh no! Radley's done a lot more than made herself cry, her dear mum :(

Everyone: Thankyou to those remaining 3 who submitted their entries in, thanks for getting your round 1 entry in asap. I'm sending the score sheet to the judges, unfortunately what I wanted to do in a way of a fancy judging form came to a halt lol.

Round 1 is now judging, we should be able to move onto round 2 as of tomorrow :) I will be out tomorrow it just depends how quick the judges are to get there scores back to me.

Auroraspirit :angel:

10th Jun 2007, 11:52 PM
thanks aurora! umm... will someone get eliminated? or is it the kind of contest that keeps everyone in and the winner is annouced in the end?

11th Jun 2007, 4:27 AM
.~*Iris*~.: There is suppose to be 2 eliminations per round but due to one person dropping out this round there will be only 1 elimination.

Auroraspirit :angel:

11th Jun 2007, 6:10 AM
Good luck everybody! Also awesome entries from the last three peoples...

11th Jun 2007, 7:02 AM
Wow! Everyone your entries are soo awesome. <3
Good luck! I'm gonna have to start a massive WCIF thread for all of the uber awesome stuff you used. x3

11th Jun 2007, 9:14 PM
Everyone: We are just waiting on FireAzor for her to send me a PM of her judging scores and we will be on our way to round 2, I won't be back online for a while guys :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

11th Jun 2007, 9:18 PM
I just want to say that I really loved all the entries, judging was hard! :anime:
However, I hope you will work even more on your next round's entries, I am looking forward to see the storys continued :)

11th Jun 2007, 11:05 PM
I just want to say that I really loved all the entries, judging was hard! :anime:
However, I hope you will work even more on your next round's entries, I am looking forward to see the storys continued :)

I couldn't agree more- judging was definately tough! The entries were wonderful and I can't wait to find out where your stories go from here. Good luck to everyone and kudos to you all.

12th Jun 2007, 5:38 AM
Everyone: We will wait for FireAzor for another 4 hours, I've currently got 2/3 judges score, but I would like to wait a little longer, round 2 should be up soon :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

12th Jun 2007, 8:55 AM
:) thank you judges!

I was wondering, will we get comments from the judges and scores?

12th Jun 2007, 9:04 AM
.~*Iris*~.: I've come up with a new system which is better for everyone so your comments and scores are only seen by the judges and yourselves if wish to see how have progressed PM me and I will send you the scores.

Iris, if you are still around please, can you ever so kindly reply to my thread again, I will tally up the scores now so I can make an announcment and we will commence round 2 shortly :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

12th Jun 2007, 9:08 AM
oh do whatever you wish aurora! :) can't wait to see what round 2 is like!

12th Jun 2007, 9:17 AM
Unfortunately 2/3 judges have come to a decision, I have not in any way influenced the judges or have partaken in the scoring or commenting, I have simply just gathered all the judges scores and made a correct decision based on what I have been given.

It was lovely having you Daltonism, but you have scored the lowest this round :( I am sorry to see you go.

Round 2 is now been added.

Auroraspirit :angel:

12th Jun 2007, 7:49 PM
:( I thought I would. x.x Mine was pretty bad. :lol: I think I'd better stick to judging.

12th Jun 2007, 7:54 PM
Aw, bummer Dalton...we will miss you, and it wasn't that bad at all!

12th Jun 2007, 10:46 PM
I agree! it was very nice competing with you Daltonism!

12th Jun 2007, 11:10 PM
I'm sad to see you go too Daltonism :(

Its just a matter of practice and then your entries will be A+ :D There's always another cycle :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

13th Jun 2007, 5:37 AM
I agree, I thought your entry was nice Daltonsim, and with a little more practice could be great. The competition is tough here :)

I also have a little question about the max number of lines per photo... does it change between rounds? I read from the rules/instructions post that it was 4 for application and 6 for round 1, and the longest I had (round 1) was 5 ˝ lines, yet a judge commented it was too long? It doesn't matter that much, but for future reference... :)

13th Jun 2007, 5:59 AM
I'll still be watching though. :anime: These entries are so cool. ^^

13th Jun 2007, 8:10 AM
Kaeru: Its set in concrete now, the application was just a beggining step, what ever was written in round 1 for the outline, will continue through out now :) In round 4 however there will be some changes, but I will tell you more about when it gets closer to time :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

13th Jun 2007, 12:45 PM
Okay, thanks :), so it's 6 lines per picture, so mine weren't too long in round 1.

13th Jun 2007, 8:40 PM
NOTE: I'm not sure if I'm happy with the pics so I might change them later. :doh

After the fight Radley ran straight to her room and cried among the clutter of unpacked toys and clothes. Why had she been so mean to her mother? No, she had been right. Mom wasn't doing anything about daddy's problem. Radley curled up on the floor, wondering where they would go this time. A few hours later she heard the door open and knew it was her mother checking on her. Radley pretended to be asleep.

Pic soon!

The next day they packed up their stuff, loaded it into the mini van and drove away. Radley stared silently out the window as the familiar shops and houses flew by. She tried not to think of everything they'd had to leave behind. As soon as they got to the new house Radley went straight to bed, She didn't care about the garden or the view from her window. "I want to go home." she told her father when he came to tuck her in. 'This is home now sweetie." he told her, kissing her cheek.

Pic soon!

The next few weeks at the new house went by quickly. Addison and Jesse were both working and Luca spent most of his time with a new girl he met at school, so Radley was alone most of the time. She spent alot of time sitting in the chair by the window and wondering what her old friends were doing.


One afternoon, Radley came home from school to a note on the fridge telling her that her parents would be working late. Luca had scrawled on the bottom that he was going out with friends and she was on her own for dinner. Radley crumpled the note and made a quick sandwich for dinner.


After dinner she went outside to do her homework in the backyard. Sitting among the notebooks and pencils, Radley's mind kept wandering to the girl in her class she had met a few days ago. Her name was Lorelai and she lived just down the street. Radley dug her toe into the grass, wondering if maybe she should go see Lorelai.


13th Jun 2007, 11:05 PM
PennyTheCorgi: Lovely entry :) I love that last pose you used for Radley its so sweet.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pictures Penny :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

14th Jun 2007, 1:15 AM
Daddy kept his promise. He told us that he would make the move as smooth as possible. He insisted that we take with us most of our furniture so that it wouldn't feel as if we were starting over again. And the house the Secret Service proposed to us is bigger than any I've ever seen. Something about "compensating the fact that they haven't caught Romano yet". Well, life actually started to feel normal. Too normal. In fact, so normal, that I came home alone from school everyday to find an empty house. My parents were deep in their carreers, it was as if all those years of panic and running never existed. It's a good thing for them I guess, but the thing is, it's as if I never existed as well. Thus, I learned to spend time on my own. One of my main occupations was reading.


I also developed a particular interest in art. Painting and drawing mostly. I even had a corner in my room made just for my art equipment. I would spend hours and hours laying my thoughts and dreams on canvas. I guess I got that from my mom. She's an artist. A very good one too. It must be in our blood... I was actually getting quite good at painting and drawing, and even had some of my paintings hung around the house. I truly was passionate about it, and I loved it, but sometimes your heart is simply not in it because you just feel lonely...


My parents were so caught up in their work, I could barely have an uninterrupted conversation with either one of them. When they actually were at home, my dad was always on the phone, on important business calls, and my mom spent all her time on the computer, selling some of her art on the internet. It was hard, feeling invisible. Eating alone. What's the use of a big house and lots of stuff when you feel like a rock on the moon? Daddy kept spoiling me, buying me stuff I didn't need. At first it was to make the move easier because he couldn't bare to see me sad. But after that, it became a habit. Mosly to compensate his lack of presence. I didn't need all this.


One day, I came home and walked to the kitchen, as always. My footsteps echoed loudly, as always. There was a note on the fridge, as always. It was supposed to tell me what I had to heat for lunch. But this time, I read the note twice and didn't move for about two minutes. They could not be serious. They wanted me to cook now??? I was only ten!!
That was it. They had crossed the line. I followed the instructions angrily, burned myself, just like my mom wrote me not to and forced myself to eat. What were they thinking?? That afternoon, I had had enough.


I think this time, I got really depressed. I don't really know why. Maybe it was the accumulation of small annoying things that made me burst. Nothing helped. I tried to play something on my game station, but got bored. I tried to paint, but didn't have the heart in it. I tried to read but threw the book away after two sentences. I felt rage inside me. I was clearly overreacting, but I couldn't do anything to control myself. I was afraid that if I stayed home, I'd break something from anger, or worse, tear one of my canvas. So I decided to save my room from myself and went for a walk in the neigborhood.


It was dark but I didn't care. My parents wouldn't notice my absence anyway. That's if they came home before I did. The fresh air felt good. I walked for a while, and ended up in a street I had never seen before. It was a really nice block, and when I read the name of the street, it felt really familiar. Then I remembered that a boy in my class lived on that street. Derek was his name, and he was the clown of the class. He made everyone laugh, especially me. I wondered if he was home. My manners told me it was way too late and impolite, but I was wondering if I had the guts to find his house and knock on his door.


14th Jun 2007, 2:14 PM

We moved a month or so after I found out about it, and it wasn't so bad. I didn't have to see much of Felix, since his new job really takes up a lot of his time - but I didn't get to see Mum all that much either.

My first week of school was boring. Go to school, come back, Elliot cooks something, do homework, wait for Mum and Felix to get back, eat properly, watch TV, go to bed. On Friday I brought my new friend Adčle back with me. We played in the back garden for a bit...


...but when we went in, the house was empty. Actually empty. I couldn't believe it - Elliot was supposed to be here! Mum was all "make sure you stay here and look after your brother!" But no, this time he was gone. He even left a note on the fridge telling me to make myself some noodles in the microwave. Thank you so much, Elliot. Geez... doesn't anyone care about me anymore?


Since we have like a million packets of noodles, I made some for Adčle, too. I figured, too, that if we had any problems we could run back to her house since it's just up the street. Right now, I'm just glad I'm not here on my own! It's still hours 'till Mum gets back.


So for the next hour or so, we ended up on the Gamecube - Adčle had a PS2, so she didn't really know any of our games, and she was really bad at them. She kept asking me loads of questions about my family, so I ended up telling her about my Dad. He died a few years ago - whenever I tell people I don't have a Dad, they always think my parents split up or something, so I always have to tell 'em he's actually dead.


When I was telling her all about Felix, and how ever since Mum met him he's been all that matters to her, she just gave me this weird look and accused me of being jealous! She just shrugged and laughed when I told her there was no way I'd be jealous of Felix, 'cause why the heck would I be?


And speaking of Felix, he came back early, and he was so angry. For a moment I thought he was mad at me, since someone's always mad at me for some reason, but no - he couldn't believe I'd been left on my own! Elliot got into so much trouble later, but me and 'Dčle got treated to pizza for being on our best behaviour and stuff. I think it was a kind of sorry, too. I wonder what I would have done if I'd properly been on my own...

14th Jun 2007, 3:18 PM
Aurora, I'm sorry but I'm a little confused about the number of lines. When I preview my post before submitting it, ever paragraph is 6 lines long at the most, and some of them less. But when I submit it and it actually comes on the thread, every 6 line paragraph looks like 8 line. Which one do you consider? the preview post number or the submitted post number?

14th Jun 2007, 7:21 PM
I felt like a really big boy, having been given the responsibility of deciding when to move. I said sooner would be better than later, because it was no use staying when I knew we'd eventually leave. I wanted to get to know my new, permanent home! So we moved, into this house, which was real nice and I was put into a new school with a different color uniform.

Nothing much changed though. Mom and Dad still worked long days, Dad maybe even longer than before because apparentally that's what partners do. Mom had seemed more tired lately, and tense. I came home to an empty house most days and I had to wait long before Mom and Dad came from work, too. I was feeling a bit down.

Luckily though, I had made a friend. Her name was Siobhan and when she smiled she had dimples and the whole world lit up. She came home from school with me today and the house didn't seem empty at all. What would normally have been the worst of many worses - a note from Mom on the fridge with mac and cheese cooking instructions - suddenly didn't seem bad at all.

Siobhan and I made ourselves dinner and it was pretty cool. We ate at the counter island, which Siobhan loved because we had our feet in the air, like at a bar. "Your place is really cool, y'know," she said, "at my home there's always like ten people and so much noice you can't hear a thing." She had told me of her three brothers and two sisters. I kind of wished I had at least one sibling, but I undestood five was maybe too much.

After having dinner, we went outside to play catch. Siobhan loved our yard, too, and she was a good catcher. "Hey," she said after a while, "you must come over to my house tomorrow. It's harvest time and we have so much produce on our hands Mom says she doesn't know what to do with it all!" I agreed enthusiastically: I knew Siobhan's mom stayed home and gardened all day long.

Suddenly I heard a car turn into the driveway. No, it was two cars! Dad was home and Mom too! I rushed to the front of the house to hug them. Siobhan followed. "Hey kiddo," said Mom, "I see you had some help with the cooking. Have your friend call home and ask if she can stay a while longer, 'cause I'm making baked Alaska. Dad and I have some news for you too and I think you're going to like it."

14th Jun 2007, 10:35 PM
All of the things were packed up into orderly columns and rows, and my suitcases were stored by the door in my room. I hadn’t felt like unpacking. It’s not like we’d be staying long, anyway. I was sitting on the couch, hoping my parents would be home soon. No luck. I got up and walked through our still-empty house. My parents were working overtime, so my only hope for food was that they’d made something last night before bed and stuck it in the fridge for me.

I could have sworn the world had already crashed into a million neat little pieces around me, but then I saw the note on the fridge and knew that it had to be worse. “Mae, here’s how to make macaroni and cheese...” I read out loud. I couldn’t take it anymore. The emptiness, the uncertainty, EVERYTHING was driving me crazy!

I grabbed my health book and tucked myself away in the garden. Homework for today: be able to touch your toes by tomorrow. I began to stretch, fully aware of how pointless it all was. I don’t mean the homework. Well, the homework too, I guess, but what I meant was the moving. Now that we were at the new town, we’d stay for a couple months, and then BAM! We’d be gone again.

And then what about Leigh? Forget about Leigh, I told myself. I tried to concentrate on my stretches, but thoughts of my new friend overtook me. For once, I had a friend who was a GIRL! All of my friends were always boys, and I knew my dad didn’t like it (although my mom never cared; she’s just as much a tomboy as me). So I finally had a girl friend that I actually liked, and I knew I’d lose her, too.

We’d only been friends for a couple weeks, and we didn't know each other very well, but we were closer than I’d ever been with any of my boy friends. I began to curse under my breath. “They just keep taking everything away...”

Pics will be up in a bit!

14th Jun 2007, 10:57 PM
Everyone: Guys I am sorry to tell you all this, but you are moving too far ahead with the friends side of things, I meant it as a figure speech, like a thought its nice to have a friend to talk to, they were only thinking this, I am really sorry, I can't continue on to the next round unless this entries are edited please guys, friends aren't allowed to be invited what so ever.

I would have stipulated otherwise to bring your friends with you.

I will all give you a day's extension to have this re-adjusted.

Please in future, if something doesn't seem clear ask me and I apologise for the confusion I may have caused.

Thankyou :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

14th Jun 2007, 11:02 PM
...oh... thanks for the extension, I really really need it, I have finals tomorrow... I'll edit my post tomorrow then... I hope

14th Jun 2007, 11:08 PM
.~*Iris*~.: Its in my part my fault too, I should have made it more clearly stipulated, but you don't know what's going to happen unless you see the evidence, I really didn't think everyone was going to start inviting friends over :(

Thanks Iris for redoing it again, just the last couple of photos for you is all that you need to edit :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

14th Jun 2007, 11:43 PM
Well, we finally made the move, and you know what? I actually like it here. That was a big surprise, I was sure I was going to hate it. Dad's job panned out and mum got a job too, in the local diner. We've been able to rent a decent house for a change and mum bought me some new furniture for my room, it so pretty.


The only downside is coming home to an empty house every day. Mum's shift doesn't finish till 7 and dad sometimes works late to earn some extra cash. Mind you I feel pretty grown up having my own key!
Today I came home to find mum had left out some noodles for me to cook for my dinner. I was a bit nervous as I'd never cooked anything before but they turned out okay. Much better than mum's cooking anyway!


After dinner I waited for mum and dad to come home. I waited about an hour before I decided they must be working late. I couldn't put off doing my homework any longer, so I went to get it from my backpack.


It was a beautiful day outside so I took my homework out to the garden. It didn't take me long to complete and I found myself thinking about Sally, my friend at school. She was really nice to me on my first day and I hope we'll be best friends.


Is the photoshopping in the last picture allowed? I can change it if you want.

15th Jun 2007, 12:43 AM
I'm sorry, but I'm in Lichfield right now until Sunday night, so I don't have access to my own computer. I didn't realise I'd got it wrong, since I wasn't the only one to read option A that way, and I still find it difficult to interpret otherwise now, especially with no indication we weren't supposed to invite them over.

Is there any way to get around the deadline? Because otherwise, I'm gonna be forced into dropping out, and I really would rather not...

15th Jun 2007, 12:59 AM
Aurora: Does this mean I ave until the 16th to get pics in? Because I'm not home right now so I can't update until tomorrow later. Is my entry ok? Because she's only thinkig about her friend. :)

15th Jun 2007, 1:28 AM
Oh crud...aurora, will the end date of the contest still be June 30th? Because if it goes any later than that, I have to drop out. To make a looong story short, I'm gonna be gone for 3 weeks without computer access come July 1st.

15th Jun 2007, 1:48 AM
Spudjuice: You'll get a mighty low score Spud, because even I will admit, there is anything even mentioned in the opening paragraph about your sim's friend, I could always give you an another day's extension to compensate, but other than that your entry needs to be adjusted Spud sadly :(

PennyTheCorgi: You don't need to adjust anything Penny, your entry is perfect :)

evlevnz92: We should definitely finished this contest by the 25th of June and that includes waiting for the judges scores :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

15th Jun 2007, 2:19 AM
Oh my god, I am such a freakin idiot. I'm so sorry Auroraspirit, especially after I swore I would see this cycle through, but I'm going to be out of town until monday and I have my entry only half finished...so I'm going to have to drop out...again, I am so so sorry.

15th Jun 2007, 5:26 AM
A. Your sim becomes more attached to a friend that they had acquainted at school and is pleased that there is someone to talk to when they are home alone

Ok, now, this reads, very clearly that they talk to someone when they are alone at home. So this says the friend is physically present and it is in no way possible to interpret this in any other way. That's my two cents, and that's why I didn't ask questions, because there was nothing unclear to me at all. I am going to help my hubby's mother move tonight, so I have no way of updating my entry. Should I lose points, then I will, but I feel this is grossly unjust. Since we all understood you wrong, I do believe it's you who should adjust - not us who should resubmit. I don't mean to offend, but I spent the whole evening on my entry yesterday, so I'm obviously a bit angry.

15th Jun 2007, 8:48 AM
Kaeru: Yes, its a reflection "You are really glad you have some to talk to when you are home alone" for that if you want too you can do a phone call, but that's about it.

You do whatever you want to Kaeru, but you will be judged accordingly for it. Everyone else is getting judged depending on their entry and its only about a 5 point deduction if you don't change your entry.

Auroraspirit :angel:

15th Jun 2007, 11:34 AM
I also do not see how someone becomes attached to someone else without having contact with them and I also don't see why friends shouldn't be allowed to come over. - i.e. why does that matter so much? Aargh, I'm frustrated. Bonus question: if you do not affect the judges' scoring in anyway, wouldn't they be the ones deciding whether or not showing a friend in the pics leads to a five point deduction? Or do you make deductions out of judges' scores?

Of course everyone is getting judged based on their entry, but my point is that if the instructions are unclear, I think it's the judging that should adjust, not the already made entries. I believe that should go for everyone. But, yes, deduct five points all you want, if that makes you happy. My coffee break is over and I'm back to work.

15th Jun 2007, 12:07 PM
I agree with Kaeru. Why should we be penalised for a mistake in the instructions? You say you didn't mention that the friend was over, but you also didn't say they shouldn't be - and I also found it hard to read Option A differently from having the friend over. In fact, part of the reason I chose Option A was because I could.

15th Jun 2007, 10:39 PM
Kaeru & Spudjuice: Iris is going out of her way to adjust it so why can't it be done?

If you want, we can just finish up this contest now and be on our way. I've had enough of the bickering, you guys do whatever you want to do.

I'm the host, you do as what your advised to do, if you want to go and put a stink about rules go and make your own contest please.

Auroraspirit :angel:

16th Jun 2007, 12:32 AM
I'm just trying to say that it'd be really nice if you could drop that penalty for this round, since it kinda came out of nowhere. It was a sudden, unexpected change to the original outline, from my point of view - I'm feeling like I'm being punished for something that wasn't my fault, you know?

If the next round outline really depends on the friend not having been met, can we just call it a time hole or something? Pretend something else happened...

Forgive me for being critical, but this is a bit of a kick in the gut for me. It's literally the first contest I've entered, and if I'm eliminated I would rather it be because of my entry's overall quality than because of a penalty over some miscommunication.

16th Jun 2007, 7:43 AM
oh come on people! this is just a contest, not an exam! This is supposed to be about having fun!

I have fun doing rounds, I have fun taking pictures and writting and I had fun RE-doing my round. Aurora said she was sorry about the misunderstanding, yes it was frustrating at first, but it's no big deal! she said she was sorry more than once and gave us an extension day to fix it.

Come on, be nice! :) we're all here to have fun and write!

Aurora I fixed mine. I'm sure it's ok now. :)

16th Jun 2007, 7:52 AM
Everyone: I was talking it through with Bp to make the matter easier on everyone, I thought disqualifying may be the way to go, but reading your reply Spud I am going to give everyone their scores but no one will be eliminated, I think that's far all round and next round I will double and triple check that everything is in order.

I will have to disqualify one person however DontDieKThx as they have failed to submit on time.

Judging is in progress :)

Auroraspirit :angel:

16th Jun 2007, 8:50 AM
Thank you for at least having no eliminations. I know I worded my posts a bit too harshly yesterday, but I felt exactly the same way Spudjuice posted and while we're here to have fun, it's not nice to work hard on something (it takes an evening for me to do an entry and between work, a business, social life and family it's a bit hard to take one off) and then get a kick in the gut for doing literally as the instructions said.

That's enough of that really and I'm sorry if I have upset you by bickering, I may have had a bit of a bad day myself yesterday too. Next round I will also make sure to ask about the instructions even if I think I understand them before I go in-game to take pics.

17th Jun 2007, 1:26 AM
Everyone: We are just waiting on the judges scores at the moment, I haven't received any as yet, so hopefully we should be able to move onto round 3 soon.

Edit: Round 3 is up, please be sure to read the countdown clock on the main page to know when round 3 is closing exactly. The countdown clocks work according to the time on your computer.

Auroraspirit :angel:

18th Jun 2007, 5:22 AM
A question, just in case: are we supposed to make up an 'unforgivable thing' that the child does and then 'runs away' or is the running away in itself an unforgivable thing? Just making sure I get it right this time :). Also does this mean our scores are in? Would be nice to see mine despite all the hassle with them :).

18th Jun 2007, 7:13 AM
I have submitted my score about a day ago :) It had been very hard again great work from you all, even better then last round :thumb:

18th Jun 2007, 8:00 AM
Kaeru: I can't believe your asking me for scores Kaeru and I'm being honest with you, the reason why there aren't eliminations is because of yourself and Spud's refusal to edit your entries, I wouldn't recommend looking at your scores because its not worth your time.

The unforgivable thing is linked to your chosen option, so you can have a simple action linking to it, but nothing that takes away from your chosen option.

Auroraspirit :angel:

18th Jun 2007, 1:02 PM
Why, you said that me not editing my entry would only be a 5 point deduction, which doesn't seem like awfully much, if I understood correctly the max is 30 points? I 'refused' to edit my entry because I didn't have the time. This contest has pretty short rounds and I have a pretty busy life offline too, so one day isn't enough to do major changes. I was fine with point deductions/eliminations, I just felt it was a bit unfair. I don't have time to work on contest entries every day, I have to set that time apart before hand. This is all I'm asking you to understand.

18th Jun 2007, 4:14 PM
This whole argument is way past stupid. Aurora, Kaeru's right, 1 day isn't enough to do major changes, and you had no reason to go all apesh*t on her for asking for her scores. The way I see it right now, aurora, you're being rather unfair and rude. Sorry, but I'm out of this contest.

18th Jun 2007, 4:16 PM
Thanks for the no eliminations, it's much appreciated!

I'm a bit confused about the deductions, too. For me, you said that I would get an incredibly low score, but for Kaeru you said it was only 5 points. Could you possibly clear that up a little? That'd be awesome :3

I have to say though, that it was not so much a refusal to change my entry as much as it was an inability to. I was a good 60 miles away from my computer without any transport of my own. It may have come across as being stubborn though, I dunno...

18th Jun 2007, 6:44 PM
oh come on guys! peace!! people getting frustrated and others leaving! everyone apologize to each other, people who left because they got mad come back because what you've started is really great! come on guys!

18th Jun 2007, 8:01 PM
A few weeks had passed since the BIG NEWS DAY, when Mom had suddenly been very nice and made baked Alaska and things had seemed fine for a while. The big news was that I was going to have a baby sibling! At first, it made me squeal with joy. I knew it meant Mom would have to stay home for a while! There would be someone there when I came home from school! And when the baby grew up some, I would always have a friend with me, everywhere, at home or on vacation. I would never be alone anymore!

But there was still some six months until the baby would be born. Six months sure seemed like forever, and apparently Mom had to work very hard until then, to make sure everything would be ready for her mommy leave. She was also very tired and when she was at home she slept most of the time. Dad was busy renovating the nursery, and he was grumpy, too. He did say I had to be a big boy and taught me to hammer, but I still felt lonely. After a while I realised I had cooked my own dinner - noodles and mac and cheese mainly, for two weeks straight.

One afternoon I came home from school and had had enough. I was not allowed at Siobhan's house because I had a running nose and she had a new baby sister. Siobhan, however, sprang home like a lightning because her mom was making pork chops and chocolate pudding. For me, it was a walk in the rain, only to find out that I was to make myself mac and cheese (third time this week!) and sort out my old toys to see which ones I'd like to give to the new baby! Babies sure were no fun!

Furious, I sprang on my feet and ran to the nursery. I sure wouldn't give the brat any of my toys! Sobbing angrily I kicked a can of paint. It fell over, opened and spilled paint all over the floor. Eek! I hadn't meant to spoil the wood flooring Dad had spent hours putting on! Dad would be awful angry and for a reason! I ran down the stairs, thinking I had to flee. But it was raining still and we had a math test the next day. The best I could think of was the backyard, under a tree, with the math book.

I must have fallen asleep, because I woke up to car sounds and saw it was already dark. I heard Mom and Dad call for me but I didn't respond. There was some running and their voices became more and more anxious. They went in and out of the house, too. Finally I heard the backdoor swung open and slammed close. I pretended to be asleep, still when Dad peered down at me and called for Mom. I opened my eyes, yawning.

"Honey, we were awfully worried," Mom said when I had 'woken up'. "If it's about the floor, it's not that big a deal." I wondered how she always knew what everything was about. "It's not?!" my face lit up. "I was thinking white flooring was boring anyway," said Dad. "While we're at it, sprucing your room up might be a good idea too, no?" he asked, grinning. "I know we've asked a bit much of you lately, but it's all going to get easier soon," he promised. I was glad I had been forgiven and I trusted Mom and Dad but... hadn't they been using this one quite a bit lately? When exactly was this 'soon'?

Hope it's alright this time. For the record, I wish to put all the argueing behind us. If I scored next to nothing in the last round, it doesn't matter that much, I was just interested in my score. For now, I'm happy just to be telling this story, 'cause I like doing it and I like the storyline and seeing everyone else's entries too. So, what do you say, truce, no one leaves and everyone writes a bit more kindly from now on, beginning with me?

EDIT: Re-reading your round info, is it so that you will reveal next round what the unforgivable thing was? If that's what you were trying to say, is my entry still ok?

18th Jun 2007, 10:34 PM
Kaeru: What's your entry got to do with round 3? I didn't say anything about a baby and I did state that the unforgivable thing is linked to the options below, not your own chosen option.

And a baby is not unforgivable, the unforgivable thing is them running to wherever the chosen option is! You haven't even included the opening paragarphs, where's the fridge notes?!



*Same as Round 1 and 2


Your sim is officially fed up, what used to be a big end of the world occurence finding notes pinned on the fridge became a regular ocurrence, your sim feels invicible and even a little "unloved".

Desperate times call for desperate measures and your sim does something unforgivable (this will follow accordingly to the options below, you are welcomed to have an action prior to your chosen option).

Your sims parents arrive home early that night and your sim is out somewhere and they are worried sick where your sim has gotten to.

One of your parents is about to call the police when...

Auroraspirit :angel:

18th Jun 2007, 11:11 PM
To answer for Kaeru (sorry, Kaeru)... and in Kaeru's defense, too, she did ask for clarification on what the "unforgivable" thing was.

The baby thing was building up for the last couple of rounds, from what I could tell, and is part of the story she's trying to tell in addition to following the structure of the rounds themselves. The baby is certainly not shown as the "unforgivable" thing - that would be kicking the can of paint over, which isn't exactly what you had in mind (though you did state there could be an action prior to the Sim going 'missing'), but your response to Kaeru's clarification request was a bit muddled, to be honest. I wasn't entirely sure what you meant.

The actual notes were alluded to as opposed to actually being shown, too, with Michael finding out he had to make food for himself repeatedly.

I'm sorry, Aurora, but I'm gonna drop out too. As cute as the idea behind the contest is, and as much fun as it is creating the entries... I'm not comfortable with this. Especially since it now looks almost as though you have developed something of a grudge, and by the looks of things the muddled instructions are going to continue - I'm not really up for needing to do and redo entries, sorry, and I'm rather fed up of seeing the host treat their participants with increasing contempt. I'm gonna back out now before I get worked up - I joined the contest for fun, but at the moment it's just stressful. I don't deal well with drama.

19th Jun 2007, 1:24 AM
Ok, this argument is officially over. Auroraspirit decided on how she wanted to deal with the miscommunication, and she posted the changes in this thread accordingly. If any of you had a problem with how she decided to deal with the miscommunication, you should have either PMed her or me - not spammed the thread complaining about the host's decision.

In the contestants' defense, aurospirit you are being a little rude and confrontational. Being able to handle miscommunication effectively is what makes a good host, and Im not seeing it here. Please remember that rudeness is not tolerated on this site, and if contestants ask for something you must give it to them (scores, explainations, etc).

In the host's defense, there is no reason that the contestants should have ganged up so strongly on auroraspirit. I can understand why some of you are irritated at the final decision that was made, but the host is the host and her ruling goes. If you have a problem with it, either leave the contest, PM her, or PM me to discuss the problem off the thread.

If anyone posts anything further about this Round 2 miscommunication in this thread, they will receive a warning. Remember... this is just a contest and its just for fun.

19th Jun 2007, 3:37 AM
Everyone: I am overall a very down to earth and relaxed person/ host, but right now I am stressed to the point where I can't continue this contest any more, I am going to shut A New Chapter Cycle 3 down.