Away From Me

Posted On May 28, 2010

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 January, Round 2 – Roseland household { featuring Penny Roseland, (29) Cyd Roseland, (30) Reese Roseland, (5 months) and Ben Ryan, (31) }
It’s a dangerous word.
Especially when it’s in the hands of Penny Roseland.
For as she held her darling baby girl, that was all she could think of. Her potential, and how it was being wasted. Penny was all set to return to work – to another promotion, this time to state assembly woman. She and Cyd planned for him to stay home with the baby until they had earned back enough money to hire a nanny.
But it all fell through. Cyd was denied a leave of absence, and Penny, who had an unlimited maternity leave, was forced to take care of Reese.
That’s not to say she didn’t love Reese. She truly did. She delighted in this little miracle, a whole person that she and her husband created from their love.
But she was bored. Dissatisfied. And becoming seriously resentful of her poor husband, Cyd.
Taking care of Reese was enjoyable, but predictable. And Penny loved the fast paced, do or die, world of politics.
Hoping to break the routine, (and knowing that he was always sure to bring trouble with him!) Penny invited her brother Ben over that afternoon.
“It’s so strange being back in this house.” Ben remarked as they seated themselves on the couch. “I miss it a little.”
“Please. I’m dying to get out of here.”
Ben, never the brightest bulb on the tree, didn’t pick up on his sister’s malcontent. “So… uh… there’s something I need to talk to you about.”
“Sure, what’s up?” Penny asked, her mood brightening already. Her brother always knew how to cheer her up.
“I might have gotten into a little… fight… with Florence.” Ben said. “She’s real pissed this time.”
“What did you do now?”
“She keeps bringing up the topic of engagement, and frankly sis, I’m just not ready.” Ben scratched his head. “Imagine being with only one person forever!”
“Well, that’s the general concept, you see.” Penny snapped. “Don’t mess this one up, Ben. You’re never going to find another one like Florence – trust me.”
Penny and Ben talked for a while until Ben stalked out angrily. He was offended, apparently, but as far as Penny could tell, she’d only told him to not be such an idiot this time.
She watched him go sadly.
But then Reese started screaming, and Penny had no time for dwelling.
* * * *
“Nice! Pork chops!” Cyd grinned as he helped himself to dinner. Reese was snoozing soundly in her crib, and so they finally had a moment together.
“How was your day, dear?” Penny asked, ever the exemplary wife.
“Fine. I really just sat at my desk and typed up memos all day. What did you do?”
Penny rolled her eyes. “Cleaned the kitchen. Saw Ben. Threw in an extra load of whites. I even spent some time with the kid.”
“Very funny.”
“It sucked, Cyd. I’m over this. I’m over everything!” Penny threw down her fork. “Why can’t I go back to work?”
“Because I will have to quit my job! We need the money! Why are you making me say it again? What’s changed?”
I’ve changed!” Penny hollered, her voice dangerously low. She jumped to her feet.
“C’mon, let’s talk about this!”
No. I need some space. Get away from me.”
Penny threw on a jacket and marched out the door.
* * * *
She was hurt. She was angry. And she felt so misunderstood.
They didn’t know everything she’d given up to get this far. And to think that she might lose it all… it made Penny feel hollow.
She arrived at the gulf boardwalk. A couple was cuddling on one of the benches.
Penny wandered, finally finding herself standing still, gazing onto the water.
She walked down to the beach and sat down on the sand.
It wasn’t really a beach, Penny knew. It was a little section of the gulf – an inlet, per say. But the slow rolling rhythm of the waves, however small, calmed her.
She spent quite a while staring at it, and when Penny was finally ready to go home, she’d made her decision.
* * * *
Penny entered her house to find Cyd hovered over the computer, playing games.
“Stop.” Cyd said quietly, switching off the monitor. “While you were out, I called my boss.”
“I just needed a minute.” Penny said apologetically. “I’m so sorry.”
“No, I’m the sorry one.” Cyd insisted. “I quit my job.”
Penny brought her gloved hand to her husbands face. “Thank you.” she said simply.
“I think I realized how much you were hurting.” Cyd whispered. “I could see it in your eyes.”
“I was so far from myself – from what I loved. I adore Reese, and you, but I’ve dedicated my whole life to my career. And I just can’t stop. I can’t.” she repeated.
“You don’t have to.” Cyd said, hugging her tight. “I’ll take care of everything.”
* * * *
And so Cyd began taking care of his daughter.
It was a job he valued far more than his previous one.
And the first thing he found himself to be naturally good at. After all, its easy to dislike something. It’s the loving that’s hard.
And how he loved his new role! He read to the baby frequently, remembering something a former colleague told him one time.
Cyd didn’t even mind taking care of the diapers. In fact, he prefered it this way. He would get to help his little girl grow up, and be there for every step of the way.
He even found time for interests he never knew he had.
Cyd realized that he would have done this sooner, had it not been for his pride. He never imagined that his wife would have to take care of him.
It made him feel inferior, even worthless on a few sad occasions. But he pushed his feelings to the back of his mind, knowing that with routine would come comfort.

* * * *

And he still got to spend every afternoon with his wife, who would return home radiant and calm.
Just like the water they looked at together each day.
But as adjusted as he’d become to their new lives, Cyd realized that nothing would ever be the same.
It drives people to do the craziest things.
* * * *
Most of their play session was just gameplay, but I realized there was a story there to tell. Penny loves her husband and daughter – she just LOVES work a little more. (She is a fortune / popularity sim.) And Cyd is knowledge / family, which made this decision easy.
I’m happy they’re happy, lol!
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed.

And… Today is Your Birthday!

Posted On February 28, 2010

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September, Round 1- mini update – birthdays { featuring Penny (28) and Cyd (29) Roseland, and the Macdonough family }

It was a late summer evening (in fact, one of the last of the season) when Penny Roseland felt a sharp pain in her stomach.

There was no time to get to the hospital, but luckily, Nurse Carver managed to race to Penny’s side as she went into labor.

Pretty soon they had a brand new baby girl!

Cyd gets to meet his baby, his first ever child.

She has brown hair and eyes, and a cute little face.

Welcome to Kayton, Reese Roseland!

* * * *

The MacDonough family has been through all this before. Three times, in fact. So when Blake started getting contractions, she quickly contacted Nurse Carver.

After what seemed like hours, Blake was finally in labor. She actually smiled a little, since she and Mitchell have decided that this will be their last baby.

And then it’s over! Blake greeted her brand new baby boy with a kiss.

Big sister Sydney approved…

Welcome to Kayton, Ace MacDonough!

* * * *

So excited about the new generation! This one will include Stacey Ann Linkletter, Ace and Reese, the unborn Harris baby, and one secret child, the oops preggy ROS I drew!

thanks for reading!


Posted On January 26, 2010

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April, Round 1- mini update (featuring Checo Ramirez and Penny Roseland, as well as non playables Herbert Goodie and Lydia Miller.)

One afternoon, over at the Kayton Square Police Precinct, Sergeant Goodie had a dilemma on his hands.

“Well, Mr. Ramirez, it seems that today is your lucky day.”

Checo was visibly shaken. This whole ordeal had been very stressful already, and it was just beginning. “Why?”

“After questioning you for hours, and conducting a thorough search of your residence in Charleston and the home of Carmen Karlington, we have not found any physical evidence that implicates that you had anything to do with the deaths of your wife and daughter.”

Checo didn’t dare to believe his ears.

“When the toxicology reports came back from the lab saying that Lisa and Tessa had died of poisoning, I assumed you were guilty as hell. I still do.”

“However,” Sergeant Goodie continued, “We have not established a motive or any reason why you would harm your family. Other than your questionable actions, we have not been able to determine that you had any hand in this terrible ordeal.”

Checo was on the edge of his seat. “So… what are you saying?”

“You’re free to go, Mr. Ramirez.” Herbert said bitterly. “But make no mistake… I’m watching you.” He turned around and stalked out of the questioning room.

“Thank you! Thank you!” Checo shouted joyfully to the retreating back of Sergeant Goodie.

And with that, Checo Ramirez was free.

* * * *

That same day, Penny Roseland visited Kayton Square Town Hall.

She had received a call from her boss that morning, urgently asking her to come for a meeting as soon as possible. And as Penny was on maternity leave for the next six months, she figured her boss meant business.

She walked through the grand front doors and across the polished wood floor lobby to the elevator and made her way up.

Penny knocked curtly.

“Lydia?” Penny called out. “It’s Penny Roseland, here for the meeting you requested.”

“Ah, come on in!” Penny entered the magnificent office. “It’s good to see you back. You look great! Please, take a seat.”

“Thank you.” Penny touched her growing belly. “So what did you want to see me about?”

Lydia hesitated. “Where should I begin… well, I was wondering if you knew anything about the news surrounding Lisa Ramirez?”

Penny stared. So it really was true. She had believed Florence, of course, but that girl had always been a bit of a drama queen. “What about her?” Penny asked quickly.

Lydia’s face fell. “I was deeply shocked and saddened this morning when I was informed that Lisa passed away, about two and a half months ago. Apparently the police were trying to find her husband before they released any more information.”

“Oh no, I feel terrible.” Penny was not feeling terrible in the least. In fact, she was starting to have an idea of where this meeting was going.

“Yes. Lisa was… a great woman, a kind neighbor, and a wonderful state assembly person.” Lydia wiped a tear. “However, there are some issues that need to be taken care of.”

“As you know,” Lydia continued, “Lisa has been missing for the past few months, and everyone here at work was very concerned. Because Lisa was such a dedicated member, we were holding her job, hoping for some further information. And now… with this recent turn of events…” Lisa began to sob quietly. “Excuse me, you must be just as sad as I am.”

“Oh, Lydia, don’t worry about me.” Penny patted her hand. “You were saying?”

“I hate to do this, but I’ve been thinking it over, and I’d like to offer you Lisa’s position. It’s a very esteemed honor, and you will get a bonus, an office to yourself, and a high pay raise.”

“Oh my goodness! Lydia, I don’t know what to say… thank you!”

“We are happy to offer it to you. I figured, besides your general performance, this would be an incentive for you to return to us when your maternity leave is over. There is no person better than you.”

“Of course! My husband is going to stay home with the baby.” Penny said excitedly. “Thank you so much!”

“You’re welcome.” Lydia said. “And once again, I’m sorry I had to tell you about Lisa so abruptly. I’m sure you are devastated as well.”

“Oh yes, I’m extremely distraught.” Penny paused. “Well anyway, see you soon, and once again, I’m so sorry for your loss.” 

But as Penny left the office, it was clear that she wasn’t sorry at all.

Not one bit.

* * * *

And so for now, Checo is cleared. For now, lol! And Penny… well… take what you want from this post. She could be a suspect, or she could not. So many questions!

This was inspired  by Penny getting promoted right before her maternity leave…  to the same position Lisa held! It was very creepy. This was supposed to be part of the Ryan / Roseland update, but I broke it off since it was running long. And I like it better that way, because the tone of the other update is much lighter, especially with Flo and Ben. This is much darker, lol.

Thanks for reading!

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