Ever since his birthday, Charles had been thinking about fishing. He’d dabbled with it before, but now he really saw the appeal. There was just no better way to commune with nature.
One morning, he got up at dawn and teleported down to the beach behind their house to get a chance at the fish before Sunset Valley woke up.
It was just like Sim-Fu meditation: him, the water, the dawn, and his thoughts.
Until the cops hauled him in for being out before curfew.
To give you an idea of how nuts this was, let’s look at the setting.
Here’s the Sample family house, perched on a cliff above the beach.
Here Charles ran up the path back to his home, where the cop stood shouting at him. The guy didn’t even bother to come down himself.
“We can’t have ruffians the likes of you running about all hours!” the cop lectured him when he finally got back home. “Especially ones in, uh, camouflage paint to make ’em hard to see.”
Great. Nobody noticed Charles when he wanted to be seen, but when a bit of invisibility would have been nice, he got screwed.
“Now get in the car, and I’ll take you home.”
“I AM home,” Charles pointed out. Then, more quietly, “Doofus.”
“What’d you call me?”
“Well, we’ll see what your folks have to say about this.”
Zahra, who was hauled in from her morning gardening, looked from Charles to the cop and back again. “You picked him for FISHING before curfew?” she asked. “Really? Don’t you have real troublemakers to arrest somewhere? You know his stepdad is detective on the force too, don’t you?”
“Um, no ma’am.”
That’s Sunset Valley’s finest for you.
(Seriously, teens wish to go out after curfew all the time. How on earth do you NOT get caught?? I canceled Zahra lecture because the whole thing was so silly and it would have made them all late for school/work.
This chapter is super-short b/c I thought it was funny, and it didn’t line up with anything else thematically. Going to get another one out quick while I have time.)
I love seeing Charles, but that is messed up! Getting in trouble for fishing within sight of your own house? Too funny!
Sometimes the game is really absurd and ridiculous at the same moment 😀 I had no idea teens could get arrested for staying out BEFORE the curfew. LOL
Yeah, I thought this was hilarious. And he gets into the car that is already parked at his house and sits there for second, then gets out.
Are the pictures all distorted to you?? I opened it the post up in edit, and they look fine. But when I load the page, everyone is squished.
If the entire blog ported over from Blogspot looks like that, I’m going to be pissed. There’s no way I can fix 360 posts manually.
Whew! Fixed it! I think! Wow, WordPress really does have a plugin for everything.
I read this post on my cellphone and everything looked all right to me 😉
It’s cool you’re on WordPress now, it will be much easier to follow your new posts when I get until the end 🙂
I only miss a bit the ‘Contents’ page… but I imagine it would be very annoying to manually link to every post on your blog!
Oh, I didn’t know anyone used that ;). It was actually script-generated. I generated it because a Sims writers forum required it, but that forum shut down.
There’s an archive tree on the sidebar. Does that work? I could generate the Contents page again if it’s useful to someone.
Haha 😀 Well, when I was reading on my phone the archive wasn’t visible. But later on the computer I used it to find the last post I’ve read since I didn’t find the Contents page on the new version of your blog. Anyway, you don’t have to generate it just because of me 🙂
Grr. I’ve had that problem on my phone too. I find it frustrating that all these spiffy mobile-responsive blog themes just cut out the sidebar content.
Exactly. I wonder if there’s a solution for this, because I usually read on the phone 🙂
One thing I can do is hunt around the labyrinth of WordPress plugins and see if there’s a better mobile theme.
OK, it turns out that the mobile theme wasn’t actually enabled. Now the sidebar should display in a long column after the posts, which are now excerpt links.
Great! Now it’s much easier to browse through the posts 😉 Thank you Susan!