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1  Simmers' Paradise / Contests & Challenges / Cool Finds for Contests! on: August 26, 2007, 04:18:28 pm
Thanks for the link Corinne. It's been awhile since I've downloaded anything and I was wondering how everyone was coming up with the new poses! Smiley
2  Sims 2 Community Downloads / Female Hair / Sussi's 1600's Hair - 5 Colors *binned* on: May 17, 2007, 07:47:17 pm
This is so cute Bren, and your model is adorable too!
3  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / The Oblique-Chapter Two-April 20 on: May 07, 2007, 11:12:21 am
I apologise for the lack of updates. I became very ill for the past two weeks, but I am much better now.
I also started my downloads folder over from scratch, so that could cause some complications... :rofl: I'll work on it though! Just letting you know why the huge lapse!
4  Sims 2 Community Downloads / Make Up / 2-B-Real: Realistic birthmarks for realistic sims! on: April 30, 2007, 07:39:45 pm
These do indeed look very realistic, much better than many I've seen before. Thank you very much. Smiley
5  Sims 2 Community Downloads / Sim Honeys / Iseul Sun Kim on: April 24, 2007, 06:46:33 pm
I love Iseul, she was my favorite throughout the contest. :shh: Thank you for sharing her. Smiley
6  Sims 2 Community Downloads / Sim Hunks / Manny my Macho man contestant on: April 23, 2007, 06:45:48 pm
Thank you, Manny is just lovely. Smiley
7  Sims 2 Community Downloads / Sim Honeys / Semra from ANTM: Remixed on: April 22, 2007, 11:42:30 pm
Wow, so sweet of you to share her!!!
8  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / The Oblique-Chapter Two-April 20 on: April 21, 2007, 12:47:04 pm
MissDoh, so many characters yet to introduce, I can't reveal all my secrets. Wink
 
I'm glad you're enjoying it Sweetdey. Let me just say for Chapter 3, it will get a lot more serious...
 
Victory, that was just some kind of code error, I checked it and it was duplicating the first picture but not showing it twice. I fixed it and all the pictures are there. Thanks. Smiley
 
Ahhh so that's where it was from! *looks around all innocent like* :angel:
Thanks for solving that mystery Dinki.
9  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / Chapter 2 -Meanwhile in Morrisey on: April 20, 2007, 12:11:47 am
Sapphire tenderly tickled under her husbands’ scruffy chin. “Oh Victor, you’re just as handsome as the day I met you! You’re such a darling letting Trent and I come in here and interrupt you! I know you’re so busy and important.”
 

Victor puffed his chest out with pride, his eyes sparkling despite the dark wrinkles surrounding them. “Nonsense. How could I not wish to see my beautiful wife and our son?”
 

“While I’m here Viccie… remember that beautiful fur coat we saw at the market the other day? I have to have it! It would suit me so perfectly, and you know it can get so cold here sometimes… please say I can get it!”
 
Victor struggled to offer resistance.
 
“Well we do have expenses… I don’t know… are you sure you really need it?”
 

“Oh Viccie, I do! Didn’t you see what Eliza was wearing at the Ball last month? She came in wearing the most splendid fur coat, but mine would be more handsome than hers! Oh it would just make me so happy! You do like to make me happy don’t you Viccie?”
 
Victor looked his wife up and down, as always overcome by her youth and beauty. How could he resist giving her anything she asked for?
 
“My darling, I suppose you are right. Tomorrow we shall go down to the market and buy you that fur coat. And if it’s gone, we’ll have the tailor make a new one just for you. You’re right, of course, I wouldn’t want you to be feeling cold in this drafty castle.”
 

Sapphire laughed with delight and pressed her body up against Victor, her mouth capturing his for one long exquisite moment that left him breathless and aching with want before she sprang away.
 
“Oh you are wonderful! Come now Trent, let’s leave your Father to his busy day!”
 
Trent climbed into his mother’s arms and smiled up at her. She cooed over his small handsome face before lifting one of his little hands to wave goodbye to Victor. Victor beamed at them, his heart filled with love for them both.
 

Later when Sapphire went for her afternoon beauty nap she smiled to herself remembering how easily she had talked her husband into her newest purchase desire. She really was fortunate to have such an easily pursuaded husband, perhaps she’d let him get another son on her yet!
 

~*~*~*~*~

Jacob stood before the fire, poking it to life as the flames struggled to take hold on the wood. Behind him Ruby shivered in the cold room but warmed it with her rich and well-trained voice. She struggled to make it warmer than she felt, even her heart was cold these days.
 

Her song drew to a close as the fire roared to life. Jacob granted her a slight smile, gesturing to the single seat before the fire.
 
“Well done my dear. Come sit in front of the fire for a few minutes.”
 

Ruby did so, offering a slight smile in return as Jacob briefly and dispassionately looked at her before returning to staring in the fire.
 

The silence went on for what felt like eternity. Ruby tried to keep her appearance calm, content, but as more time passed and Jacob did not even glance at her, she could not help the sadness that spread from within her to outside.
 
Finally she quietly cleared her throat and rose to her feet. She placed a hand lightly on Jacob’s arm.
 
“It’s late. Should I leave a candle lit for you Jacob?”
 
It was her polite way of asking if her would come to her bed that night.
 

Jacob turned to face her, his fingers brushing under her chin as he leaned forward to dryly press his lips to hers.
 
“I have things to do, dear.”
 
Ruby nodded and summoned a smile for him.
 
“Goodnight then.”
 
As she began to walk towards the door Jacob took the seat by the fire. Ruby paused then turned to face him.
 
“I’ve been thinking, perhaps now would be a good time for me to go visit my sister Amethyst. I haven’t seen her since she was married and-“
 
Jacob cut her off.
 

“That’s quite the journey, but I should be able to spare the men to escort you. Perhaps some time apart would be good… Yes, I’ll make the arrangements in the morning.”
 
Ruby nodded. She managed to make it to the door, open and quietly close it behind her before the tears escaped. Over ten years of marriage had yielded no children, and no love, despite their relative closeness in age. Ruby was convinced Jacob had a mistress somewhere, and each day she dreaded the moment he would bring a son, not of her womb, into their home.
 

Blindly Ruby stumbled her way to a corner of the balcony before she collapsed on the cold ground. The sliver of hope that she might actually escape from this place and travel to see Amethyst was almost too painful to bear.
 
* Victor (formerly known as Bob) was created by Capricorne, and Jacob (Jake) by DLMulsow, thank you both for your great sims!
10  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / The Oblique-Chapter Two-April 20 on: April 19, 2007, 04:23:28 pm
I'm becoming addicted to these comments! Wink

Zain's pose was actually just one that came about when I let him and Rafe talk for awhile. I just hit the pause button when something I liked came along and positioned them how I wanted. There are some talk anim paintings out there, but for that kind of thing I usually just let them talk normally. Smiley

Intrique intrique! You'll have to wait for more story to see the answers to all your questions. Wink
11  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / The Oblique-Chapter Two-April 20 on: April 18, 2007, 08:11:04 pm
Wow, thanks for all the new comments!
2spr0ut02, I wish I knew! Between rounds I lost or misplaced Teddy, so I couldn't show him in the later pics. I have no idea. Sad I have a small suspicion he came in one of the maxis holiday packs and maybe some of my files got corrupted.

victory, those outfits are from http://www.sim-ages.com/cms/ and I believe both are free! Also the wedding dress. They have some amazing clothes there.

Some out-takes featuring Teddy:



12  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / The Oblique-Chapter Two-April 20 on: April 16, 2007, 04:38:05 pm
Thanks Dink. Cheesy
Yes it is, DLM. He may be making an appearance in the next chapter, although his personality probably won't be quite the same as yours. Wink
13  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / Chapter One on: April 16, 2007, 03:40:40 pm
It was a hot summers night in Tunisia. At midnight the children were usually asleep many hours ago, but tonight the entire family was still awake. Rafe played in the pool with the twins Zemnon and Sofia, enjoying the momentary relief from the heat as they chased each other in the water. Their laughter echoed throughout the entire courtyard, and likely into the house overlooking it. The pool was a blessed extravagance most Tunisian’s could not afford. They were carefully watched over by Amethyst’s handmaiden Jasmine who very seldom left her families side.



In seven years Amethyst’s life had become quite different to what she had first expected when marrying Rafe so despairingly in the middle of the night. She had become a wife, a mother, a foreign princess. Now as the lady of the house with many servants at her disposal, she had little to worry about other than would her children grow up well, would she continue to please her husband, would she bear him many more children. It was the life she had come to love, the life she now took for granted.

Zain, Rafe’s brother, had arrived several hours before. He had been filthy with the sand and dust of his journey, but now he had bathed and was enjoying teasing his young niece, Dedi. Amethyst went to his side.

“She is growing up so, isn’t she?”
”Yes she is! And her complexion is more mine than Rafe’s. Are you sure I’m not her father?”

Amethyst laughed, reaching out to join in teasing Dedi.

“You know you are not, but she does look so much like you. When will you find yourself a wife, Zain?”

 


“I’m sure there are dozen of women pining away at the thought of being trapped in an arranged marriage to me. Not all couples are as fortunate as you and Rafe, Ame. No I’m quite resigned. I’ll have to seduce you away from Rafe, and have you bear my sons.”

“Are you making my wife uncomfortable again Zain?”

Rafe joined them beside the pool, dripping with water. The courtyard grew silent as the children were escorted to bed, even Dedi having been fetched from her Uncle’s arms.

“I wouldn’t dream of it.”

Amethyst ran a finger down Rafe’s wet arm.

 


“I hope you’re not intending on coming to my bed in this state.”

Rafe laughed and shared a look with Zain.

“Will you allow me a few minutes to say goodnight to my wife?”
”Naturally, but it’s important we speak.”

Rafe took Amethyst’s hand and lead her through the courtyard. As they reached the stairs he felt her falter and noticed her downcast expression.

 


“What is it Ame?”
”I’m afraid. The way Zain arrived today… you had him looking for something, I’m afraid he found it.”
“Anything I do, I do to protect you and the children. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”
“You’ve only been back for three weeks, and now he’s going to take you off somewhere, and we’ll never know when you will return, or if you will at all.”
”I’m a prince, I cannot pretend to be otherwise. I have responsibilities, and these responsibilities extend to more than the welfare of my household. You know this Ame.”

Amethyst nodded with resignation, and lifted a hand to his face.

”I know, I know. Now kiss your wife and go speak with your brother.”
 


Rafe wrapped his arms around Amethyst, always treasuring how blessed he was to have her love.

Across the courtyard someone watched.
 


Rafe joined Zain in his chamber, no longer dripping water and changed into his usual clothing.

“What news?”
“Her brothers are at war again.”
“Can nothing be done?”
“Zarren has no wish to share the throne with a younger brother, and Gareth knows his brother will destroy Morrisey if he is allowed to take the throne.”

 


“And the King?”
”He loves his sons. There are rumours he is on his deathbed, but he’s a King. There are always such rumours. At any length I don’t think he can be relied upon to do anything.”
“It doesn’t have to be our war.”
”Our lands border theirs, and is it did nearly a decade ago, their war will spill over and draw us all in.”

 


“Zain, they are brothers. Surely their blood will keep them from destroying each other?”
”Not all brothers are like us, their traditions are not ours. I think it's highly unlikely another woman like yours will come along and stop them before more people suffer."
"You always were a pessimist."
"I haven't had the good fortune you have."
14  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / Alien Plan on: April 13, 2007, 07:47:27 pm
This is great! A very intriguing story...
15  Simmers' Paradise / Sims Stories / The Oblique-Chapter Two-April 20 on: April 13, 2007, 05:36:53 pm
Sweet, I initially felt the exact same way! But Rafe won me over. You'll see more of them both in The Oblique. Cheesy
Thanks Lytough! It was for a 3 star contest, so I did my best. The Oblique pictures won't be quite as good all the time... that means I'll be able to post updates more often without being obsessed about perfect pics. Hopefully.
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