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« Reply #325 on: May 04, 2011, 10:50:48 AM »
Goodbye, Marlyn and Co.
Poor Greg, but I agree with not letting him near a defenseless nooboo. :-\
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« Reply #326 on: May 04, 2011, 11:32:11 AM »
Good bye and good luck to Marilyn, Chris, nooboo, and Gregory! Maybe Gregory will be the adopted child that continues the tradition and adopt a nooboo, or perhaps Gordon and Tami.

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« Reply #327 on: May 04, 2011, 11:37:55 AM »
I'm afraid that's going to be rather a long post.  I'll try not to be too long-winded

Please, be as long-winded as you wish!  I've really enjoyed this story and I'll be sad to see it end.  I'm hoping you'll come up with something else to entertain us again in the near future.

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« Reply #328 on: May 04, 2011, 01:13:25 PM »
Please, be as long-winded as you wish!  I've really enjoyed this story and I'll be sad to see it end.

Thanks very much, Fleur. 

The next post is definitely going to be a long one and I'll likely break it into two or three separate entries just to make it easier to get it all up.  And even though it will be a long post, it's not going to be the last one - I expect there will be at least 2 or 3 posts after Pippa and Sebastian's meeting with Mr Payne.  You see, I can be very long-winded indeed!  ;D
 
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« Reply #329 on: May 04, 2011, 07:52:04 PM »
See ya Chris! And family. How dare Sandi turn him down.  :( Poor guy. Like everyone else, I'm sad it's ending, but be as long winded as you want!

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« Reply #330 on: May 05, 2011, 08:49:00 AM »
Chapter 38:  Week 10 - The Meeting

Friday morning arrives.  Pippa and Sebastian are due at the lawyer's office at 9 o'clock to meet with Mr Payne who will tell them whether they have succeeded in meeting the terms of the will.  This is the moment they have been looking forward to ever since they were expelled from their parents' house and forced into a life of poverty and deprivation.  Pippa takes the day off work.  For today, City Hall can get along without her.  She has more important business to attend to. 



Sebastian:  Are you ready?
Pippa:  I'm ready.
Sebastian:  You're sure?
Pippa:  Absolutely sure.  You?
Sebastian:  Oh, yes.  Let's go.

They make their way downtown and enter the building that houses the Payne and Fears Law Office. 



Mr Payne beams at them as they walk into the familiar office.  He says:  Welcome, welcome, children!  It's good to see you. 



Mr Payne waits until Pippa and Sebastian are seated, then says:  I think we should start this meeting by reviewing the terms of your father's will. You were charged with making a living, reaching the top of your careers, taking in orphans and giving them a good start in life, donating to charity, and achieving your LTW.  Let's see - Sebastian, you're a five-star chef, and I understand your key lime pie is a favourite at political fundraisers.  Pippa, congratulations on becoming leader of the free world.  I understand there were a number of write-in votes for you at the recent Canadian election even though you missed the deadline for getting your name on the ballot.  Never mind, next time.



Mr Payne continues:  Thanks to you, ten orphans have been given a very good start in life.  They've all had enough happiness points to buy Dirt Defiant and Steel Bladder, and several of them had other rewards as well.  You both completed your LTW, and a number of charities have sent me letters expressing their appreciation for your generous support.  In short, children, you've done very well.  Your parents would be proud of you. 
Sebastian:  I wish we could have done all this before Mother and Father died.
Pippa:  Yes, it's sad that we never got to prove ourselves to them.
Mr Payne:  Your parents always knew you were capable of it, you know.  They had faith in you.  You just needed a push in the right direction.  One thing I'm wondering - do you think you've learned anything over the last 10 weeks?



Sebastian:  Oh, yes.  I've learned that money means a lot more when you've worked to earn it.  And there's a lot of satisfaction in knowing that you've earned something, not just had it handed to you.  I felt really proud when I got my first promotion.  I got that promotion because I deserved it, not because of who my father was.
Pippa, to Mr Payne:  That day when I was complaining about how horrible everything was in our house, and you asked me if that included Debbie and Graeme - you made me look at myself, and what I saw made me feel ashamed for the first time in my life.  I suddenly knew that the most horrible thing in that house wasn't the cheap furnishings - it was me.  That was when I started to realize that pretty, expensive things weren't what mattered - what matters is the people you love.



Sebastian:  Yes, you helped us a lot, even though we didn't always realize it at the time.
Pippa:  We both owe you our thanks.
Mr Payne:  Not bad for an old Payne-in-the-Neck, eh?
Sebastian:  You knew that we called you that?
Mr Payne laughs:  Oh, don't worry - I've been called worse.  Now, I think you'll be pleased at how well the estate has been doing.  It's increased in value by quite a lot over the last 10 weeks, you know.  The weekly rents have really added up, and the money tree plantation in Twinbrook has been doing very well.  The canning factory in Riverview has a new product line that's proving to be very popular, particularly the Flame Fruit Jelly, which is really a hot item.  The current value of the estate is - let's see - $57,384,028.  And, of course, Mr Skills has been taking very good care of the mansion.  He assures me it's ready for you to move back in any time.  There are some papers to sign -
Sebastian interrupts:  We don't want it!
 
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Re: Riches Galore
« Reply #331 on: May 05, 2011, 08:52:03 AM »


Mr Payne:  Pardon?  What did you say?
Pippa:  It's true.  We don't want all that money. 
Mr Payne:  But my dear children - this is your rightful inheritance!  Your parents wanted you to have it!  You've done all this work to earn it -
Sebastian:  When we had all that money, we didn't appreciate it.  We weren't very nice people.
Pippa:  We were horrible, and you know it. 
Sebastian:  We've had a request from the city council in Barnacle Bay to go and start an orphanage there. 
Pippa:  Sebastian's leaving right away to get set up.  He's found a farm that looks ideal for us.  I'll finish up things here and join him in a day or two.  (proudly) Morgan Inkbeard wants Sebastian to write a cookbook, you know - he thinks it would be a best-seller.  Everyone loves my brother's key lime pie!
Mr Payne:  But what about the estate?  What do you want to do with it?
Pippa:  We want Max Skills to have the house.  It's only fair, after all the work he's done looking after the place.  And he should have a weekly stipend as well, because I don't think there are any more butler jobs in town.
Sebastian:  Our son Graeme - the doctor, you know - has an idea for a treatment centre he'd like to set up.  We'd like him to have money for that.  And all the children could do with a little money.
Pippa:  But not too much!
Sebastian:  And we do think the Home for Retired Gnomes should have proper funding.  How much would it take, do you think?



They discuss various projects and details of the distribution of the money.  Finally, Mr Payne says:  Well, if you're certain.  I'll draw up the papers and Pippa can sign them later today.  What do you want to do with the house you've been living in?  Sell it?
Pippa:  Gordon and Tami want to stay on and keep the orphanage running.  It would be nice if they could have enough money to fix the place up a bit.
Mr Payne:  Certainly.  I'll arrange it.

Pippa and Sebastian get up to leave. 

Sebastian:  Thanks for all your help, sir.
Pippa's eyes are glistening with tears and she doesn't try to speak, just hugs Mr Payne tightly and walks out.



Mr Payne stands looking after them.  Sebastian is obviously eager about the move to Barnacle Bay.  But Pippa ... Pippa doesn't seem to be quite as excited about the move as Sebastian is.  Mr Payne wonders what that's about.  But it's none of his business.  He shakes his head, and starts drawing up the papers for Pippa to sign.


 
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Re: Riches Galore
« Reply #332 on: May 05, 2011, 08:59:38 AM »
Well, I can't say that this was unexpected, but it was still written really well! It sounds weird, as they're not even my sims, but I'm proud of Pippa and Sebastian. Pippa especially, it seems like she's not taking this very well.  :)
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« Reply #333 on: May 05, 2011, 10:01:32 AM »
Wow, those were great chapters~! ^^
Like jesie said, I'm proud of them as wel. They've really changed. :)

(By the was, was that am amorous hug Pippa was giving Mr. Pane? ;))
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Re: Riches Galore
« Reply #334 on: May 05, 2011, 10:02:59 AM »
I MUST say this: best story since the Dreamweavers! ;D I love the way you write, I love love love love love love love Pippa and Seb! So touching, so everything. No words *falls on the floor crying* WHY?! Oh why should a story this awesome end?! WOW WOW WOW BRAVO

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« Reply #335 on: May 05, 2011, 11:02:44 AM »
Awesome chapters! Like Jessie and Simstar, I'm proud of them, they have come so far and touched so many lives. Such an amazing story Schip!!

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« Reply #336 on: May 05, 2011, 11:17:14 AM »
Just read this entire story from the start without stopping. It was brilliant! I REALLY enjoyed it! ;D Well done! I am also proud of Pippa and Sebastian. =)

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« Reply #337 on: May 05, 2011, 11:58:26 AM »
Thanks very much for the comments.  But please, it's a tiny bit early to be bemoaning the end of the story - there are several posts to come!  Well, just tying up the loose ends, really, but it's not over until the fat lady sings (but fortunately for you, you won't have to listen to my singing).

I MUST say this: best story since the Dreamweavers!

Chronic, I'm going to frame your comment and hang it over my desk.  To even be mentioned in the same breath as Dreamweavers is an incredible honour!

And I haven't forgotten the requests for the ruleset.  I've been working on that and should have it ready to put up by the time the story is finished, I hope.
 
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« Reply #338 on: May 05, 2011, 12:45:38 PM »
Well, so far, you have not let us down and I somehow knew they would not except the money.  Great writing, funny how you get drawn into some of these stories and forget they are sim stories.  Awesome, just awesome. ;D
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« Reply #339 on: May 05, 2011, 02:05:45 PM »
"Flame Fruit Jelly, which is really a hot item. "  Oh the punnies! ;D  I love that line, that made me laugh!

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« Reply #340 on: May 05, 2011, 02:44:54 PM »
Aww, the challenge is over, which means the story will soon be as well. Nuuu! :'( I think I'm gonna cry!
Well, not really. I agree with Chronic, this story is on par with the Dreamweavers, and you deserve the description 'cause this story is amazing! If only I could write like that... :-\
But please, don't just abandon Pippa and Sebastian, update their goings once in a while, pretty pretty please? *pleading smile, puppy-dog eyes*
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« Reply #341 on: May 05, 2011, 10:14:09 PM »
Schipperke, I agree with Chronic and MissMaths - this story is one of the best since the Dreamweavers.
I can't believe it's ending... But then again, all good things must come to an end.
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Re: Riches Galore
« Reply #342 on: May 06, 2011, 08:51:33 AM »
Chapter 39:  Week 10, Friday, Part 1:  Mr Payne

The final papers have been signed.  Mr Payne's work in Sunset Valley is done.  He takes a last look around the office he will never see again and walks out the door. 



When Pippa and Sebastian left the office, they were in downtown Sunset Valley.  Mr Payne walks out into a wooded glade.



He strides over to his waiting transport and steps aboard.




And he's gone.  Mr Payne has returned to wherever his kind goes when they are not helping struggling Sims to find their way.  Perhaps he will be seen again in this time and place.  Perhaps not. 


 
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« Reply #343 on: May 06, 2011, 09:27:04 AM »
Goodbye Mr Payne you have done your job well.

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« Reply #344 on: May 06, 2011, 09:53:03 AM »
Chapter 40:  Week 10, Friday, Part 2:  Sebastian

Sebastian catches the first flight to Barnacle Bay.  He is very excited about the new orphanage.  The farm house needs renovations, but he knows just what to do.  The old barn can be converted to sleeping quarters for the older children, and they have space for a large garden to grow their own produce.  He's also quite pleased with the new truck he's purchased.



He's standing on the porch, breathing the clean country air, when he notices someone standing by the mailbox.  A neighbour come to welcome him to town?  He goes over to meet her.



Her name is Maxine.  She says she is a distant cousin of Max Skills.
Maxine says:  I was training to become a butler like my famous cousin, but then the butler school shut down suddenly.  It happened when all the celebrities and clubs disappeared from town, and now there are no more jobs anywhere for butlers!*  I can't find work and I'm getting desperate.  I heard about the orphanage you're starting and I wondered - could you use an assistant?  I'm a hard worker and you wouldn't have to pay me very much.



Sebastian hires her on the spot.  Maxine listens attentively as Sebastian tells her of his plans for the new orphanage.  Wait till Pippa arrives and sees how much he's achieved already!

* Maxine is referring to a real event here.  This happened when I uninstalled Late Night.

By the way, Maxine really is related to Max, courtesy of Create-a-Sim.
 
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Re: Riches Galore
« Reply #345 on: May 06, 2011, 10:15:50 AM »
Chapter 41:  Week 10, Friday, part 3:  Pippa

Pippa and Sebastian say goodbye on the steps in front of city hall.



Pippa watches as Sebastian drives off in the taxi to begin their new life in Barnacle Bay.



A few hours later, Mr Payne calls to say the papers are ready for her to sign.  Here's a shot of Pippa leaving the office after signing the papers.  I think her expression speaks for itself.



Friday evening Morgana drops in to check on her patient.  She finds Pippa standing alone outside staring into space.



Pippa begins to talk about work. 



Morgana interrupts her:  No, no, Pippa!  No more about work!  You need some fun.  You told me that your flight to Barnacle Bay doesn't leave until tomorrow evening, so here's what I want you to do.  Tomorrow you just go out on the town and have fun.  Enjoy yourself.  And don't think about work or the challenges waiting for you in your new home.  Will you do that?
Pippa:  Well ...
Morgana, sharply:  Doctor's orders, Pippa!  This is your prescription:  a day on the town.  And if I don't see you before you leave, good luck to you and Sebastian.



Morgana leaves.

Tomorrow is Saturday, the last day of week 10.  Tomorrow we shall see if Pippa follows her doctor's orders, and I believe that will bring our story to an end.
 
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« Reply #346 on: May 06, 2011, 10:20:57 AM »
Wow, talk about getting engrossed in a story.  I certainly did with this one schipperke.  Now I can't wait to see your next story, but take your time, no hurry, really, none.  lol. :)
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« Reply #347 on: May 06, 2011, 10:23:50 AM »
Certainly do not hurry, Schip. ;) That has proven itself to be the incredible formula, from Clan Douglas Dynasty to the Otokraks to Riches Galore.
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« Reply #348 on: May 06, 2011, 10:34:05 AM »
By the way, Maxine really is related to Max, courtesy of Create-a-Sim.

I thought as much as soon as I saw her! She'll make a great addition to the S&P Orphanage. Good luck to Pippa on her night out on the town. Lets see what trouble she can get into! I wonder who she might run into.
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« Reply #349 on: May 06, 2011, 12:22:19 PM »
Now I can't wait to see your next story, but take your time, no hurry, really, none.  lol. :)

Thanks for the comments.  Salty and Chronic, I do have a couple of ideas I've been playing with.  I think one of them might make a decent story, but I want to be sure before I start writing that it's something that won't just run out of steam after the first few posts.  Beginning a story is easy, and endings aren't usually too hard either - it's how to keep the interest going through the middle part when your sims are really just doing what all other sims do - that's the challenging part for me.   
 
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