It’s so weird with half our family moved out of the house. Everything’s so quiet.
It’s even weirder with their rooms left as they were. It’s like a monument to the people who used to be here. Sidney’s room I never spent a lot of time in, but there are pieces of him in boxes and on the wall. He even has his old high school backpack there, with some tests still stuffed inside. It’s almost nostalgic.
Aaron’s room is the worst. It’s like he left all this stuff for me to trash, all the little things he stole over the years. Mom and Dad’ll go on a rampage soon cleaning everything. I’ve never felt this way before.
For the first time in my life, I miss my brother.
His apartment in San Myshuno is super nice. (I know he didn’t save all that money! Probably did get a loan from Mom and Dad!) We’ve only been once so far, but he’s really happy out there, and especially about working at a small kitchen in the Spice District. I don’t know if he’ll fall back on his bad behaviors if he gets stressed, but for now it’s looking bright.
Sidney’s gone full mountain man out in Windenburg. Aunt Mira visited him just last week, but she stayed with Uncle Lance, telling us Sidney’s place was way too small. He seems really content with it. He took a bunch of cuttings from the garden before he left, and he told us he’s already got full trees growing. It’s so strange thinking the plants my grandparents grew got transported all the way to Windenburg. I’ve been worrying what’ll happen to the ones we have here once Mom’s too old to spend her day in the garden, but she swears we’ll hire a gardener or something. I know Sidney’ll take care of his. It’s like a legacy all their own.
Aunt Mira is the biggest change. She and Shingo have a tiny place in Newcrest that I’ve only been to once. I think they’re enjoying the honeymoon phase of their relationship. I know they haven’t talked about anything else big. I sort of figured Aunt Mira would only take this step if she was 100% sure, but she also told me she was a little old to worry about weddings and things. I think she deserves to have fun.
All my life I’ve been fighting for attention in this family, and now I’m the oldest sibling in the house. Now I don’t have to beg Mom and Dad to help me with my homework. If Emery comes over, May announces it loudly to everyone. On some level it’s kind of nice, but it’s also different.
I think Dad can tell. He spends some time trying to cheer me up, and it reminds me of when I was really little and I’d wear the godawful bear costume for attention. He always asked me what was wrong and talked to me. I guess he has time for that again.
He told me how proud he was of all his family. He started talking to me about this thing grandma would tell him about, this idea of a legacy, caring for the land she bought. He said there’d always be a room for me no matter what I decided. But I think he really is happy that I’m staying at the house. May and June are still in their teenage years a little while longer, but I think my parents were worried about things getting too quiet.
And maybe, after the remodel, things won’t feel so big and empty anymore. One can only hope.
A/N: That’s it for the teen years! It feels like they flew by. April’s been a fun heir, and I love writing her voice. I’m very excited for her YA years, and what I have planned for her future. Until then, here’s a picture of the remodel.
I feel like I’m slowly but surely getting better at the whole build aspect of the Sims, and I secretly hated that monstrosity that was their old house.
I am currently dealing with some stuff and getting my life together, so there may be a pause in updates for a minute. One of the major things I want to do is work on some of my bigger writing projects, including the Accidental Vampire, which I haven’t been able to dedicate any time to. Things will be quiet here for a little while so I can organize, but if you’re looking for something to read while you wait, I run a few other Sims blogs, along with a writing journal. See you soon!