The Buchannon Legacy Chapter Four
Welcome Back to the Buchannon Legacy Challenge
I have to admit that this is the point in a Legacy Challenge where things actually start to get pretty exciting. Cordelia is confirmed pregnant and she's beginning to move up in her job. With the active careers that came with the (which is the first Expansion Pack for The Sims 4), I have more control over the mood and emotion of my sim when she's in one of these careers, and that has been beneficial to keep me going. Get to Work Expansion
The family is, of course, still living on the lawn, but I hope that you will enjoy this chapter nonetheless. If you're just now picking up my story, please start with the Introduction and read your way through by following the "next" links at the bottom of each page!
Morning comes just a bit too early for Cordelia the next day. She's not sure what Ishmael is doing with his days, but he never seems to be tired when she's ready for bed. Maybe it's the baby taking it out of her! Either way, she's up bright and early to get to her morning routine, which includes food, toilet, and a thoughtful shower to try to get another breakthrough. If she's going to get a promotion tomorrow (since it should be impossible today) she's going to have to work especially hard.
This is the point at which things got pretty tricky for me. She's waking up on her own four hours before work, usually with morning sickness, which has persisted throughout this particular pregnancy. She winds up using the toilet first, then eating, then using the toilet again and taking her thoughtful shower, just in time to go back to bed before work. Even then she's not well enough rested to make it through an entire day. It makes me wonder if this is just what it is to have a pregnant Sim who is working. Before I could follow them to work, I never thought through these issues.
As the sun comes up, Delia grabs another bowl of salad to eat in preparation for work. With money being as tight as it is, she doesn't want to have to spend cash at the vending machine at work to get herself something to eat, and it's better if she can be full all day long. Worst case scenario, she probably ought to pack something with her for lunch, but she's afraid that it will spoil and so refrains from doing so.
The hunger issue was the biggest problem on the first day, so I tried to prevent emergencies on the second day. I'm not sure that the photos will adequately illustrate the problem here, but this didn't work because she had to pee constantly on the second day and literally wet herself twice. Pregnancy and active careers are highly inconvenient!
The third day of work is already proving more difficult than the second as Delia walks through the door.
It probably has something to do with her overnight growth in the pregnancy department. She's gotten so big now that she's moving more slowly, and the day starts off straight away by demanding more of her time and her energy. Since she's tired the moment that she walks through the door, the day is already looking challenging for Delia.
She considers going home early, but decides better of it.
I've played ahead so I'm a bit "off" on what happened on what day with regard to promotions. This is her third day of work, so it's her second promotion. She got her first promotion on the first day and will get her second promotion at the end of this day. Since I'm not writing about the promotions (or even noting them, really), this is complex.
The first few tasks of the day are relatively easy: Delia has to ask a co-worker for a metal and a crystal. Because she knows Harmony Prescott the best, Delia asks her for the materials that she needs in order to be able to analyse them. Their relationship is growing stronger, and Delia is pleased to say that Harmony has reached "friend" status!
This seems to be taking much longer than her relationship with Ishmael and between work and pregnancy, she doesn't have much time to develop her relationships with anyone. This is the real downside of going to work with your sims: You can't focus on doing something with the sim who is at home.
Once she has her crystal in hand, Delia must analyse it. Her job is an endless stream of the same sorts of tasks that she must do, but the opportunity to invent new things keeps her going. If she can learn more about the crystals, metals, and elements, she may be able to do more with her inventions. That's the point of doing this, isn't it?
Actually, this isn't all that boring. The tasks are different every day and presented in a different order. Sometimes analysis results in a change to the knowledge she had about the item, such as it being a higher quality, or a crystal spewing out another crystal and an element, giving her more to work with. It's interesting to follow, and not losing its appeal yet.
The next assignment that Delia has to complete is to water some plants in the greenhouse. This is fortuitous, as the tasks not only helps her to gain work experience and to get closer to her promotion, but it also completes one of the levels for her aspiration and moves her gardening skill forward! These plants are nearly ready for harvest, but she's going to leave them alone for now: She has one of each of these types of plant at home already.
Delia's struggling with aspiration because Ishamel is doing all of the gardening at home while she's at work. By the time she gets home, she has to sleep, so work is the only place she can really gain experience.
After watering the plants, Delia goes to have a chat with the Invention Constructor. She plans to use it later on to invent the Sim Ray (even though it's not on today's list of tasks) and so she wants to keep up a good relationship with the Sim Ray.
At this point the Invention Constructor is also a friend to Delia. This relationship is developing much more quickly than her other relationships.
The grounds around the Science Center are quite expansive, and so Delia rushes off to check out the scenery. Large blocks of rock -- where she can excavate for fossils, crystals, and metals -- come in circle formations, which interests her enough to waddle out to check them out. Unfortunately she's so big at this point in her pregnancy that she can't make the trip as quickly as before.
This was a big mistake on my part. Delia is too slow-moving and easily tired at this point in her pregnancy to pull this off and unfortunately it exhausted her to the point that she was almost useless afterward. Lesson learned. Don't do this!
Strange stumps scatter the area behind the Science Center, and Delia checks one of them out. At first she expects to find nothing more than an unusual frog in this place, but instead she is astonished to discover not a frog, but an alien! This is the first in her alien collection, and she stows it away in her inventory to deal with it later. By this point she's already growing tired.
This was actually pretty unexpected. I had no idea what would be in these stumps as I'm not doing a lot of reading up on GTW in the hopes of avoiding spoilers. The alien in the stump was a pleasant surprise!
Note that this was a collectible alien and not an alien sim!
Back inside (and exhausted!), Delia sets to practicing analysis so that she can use what she learns the next day at work. She's too tired to do too much more than practice and brainstorm, and she worries that this will make her useless to her boss.
Somewhere in these last few days of pregnancy, she struggled with promotions due to exhaustion. I think it was the next day. Curse me for having played ahead!
The last thing on the agenda for the day is for Delia to brainstorm on the invention constructor. She finishes the task in time to head home, exhausted. Delia's ready for a nap before the day has even ended!
When Delia arrives home, Ishmael is reading in front of his easel. He's such a bookworm that the painting can't seem to hold his attention at all. She's exhausted, but there are chores left to be done, so Delia leaves her husband to read while she takes care of the garden.
I'm trying so hard to keep these two on a schedule, and Ishmael does love to abandon his duties to do other things (like read)!
If Delia is ever going to become a Freelance Botonist, she's going to have to put the work into tending her garden. It seems a great hassle now, but it will be worth it in the end. Hopefully the garden will help her to make some money for her legacy as well.
She and Ishmael fall into bed that night together, exhausted.
I'm actually pretty desperate to see this pay off, as I am the world's worst Legacy builder and I worry about having enough money to put them indoors!
Pregnancy has exhausted Delia. Will she make it through one more day of work before giving birth to the second generation? Only time is going to tell whether or not she'll be able to make it!
I plan on switching perspectives in this next chapter from the third person narrative to first person. Hopefully this will work both for me and for the readers. Let me know what you think in the comments!
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