Hello, and welcome back!
The Gross family has a lot on their plates right now. Melody’s now in her third trimester of her second pregnancy, and could go into labor at any second. On top of that, with Iris getting older, it was necessary to make some changes to the house. Now she has her very own empty room!
Eventually this room will be a bedroom, but Melody ran out of money. Iris doesn’t mind, so much. Gloomy child that she is, she finds it peaceful. To her, the room represents the vast emptiness that she feels growing inside her with every passing day.
…Anyway, here’s a view of the outside! 😀
Wait a minute. Is that…? Oh my god.
That’s right, it’s Iris’s dad and Melody’s jilted lover, Don Lothario. You’d think that after Melody’s all of trash talk, he wouldn’t come within a five block radius of her. What’s he up to? Come to wish his little girl a belated happy birthday, perhaps?
Well, let’s not disappoint him. Melody can’t be bothered to talk to him, so she sends Iris to answer the door.
But despite her bratty behavior toward him, they’re actually quite fond of each other. It’s really pretty cute.
She heads to the hospital, leaving Iris at home with daddy D-Lo. To her dismay, she has to deal with the same lazy front desk assistant as last time.
The rest of the hospital staff is just as infuriatingly unavailable. They’re just standing outside the hospital, staring a blissful, empty stare, without a care in the world. Let’s forget about all those sick people, all those babies that need delivered for a moment. Let’s just take this moment to simply be. Surely that woman whose water just broke can wait another half hour or so.
Finally, after what seems like an eternity of standing around doing nothing, the doctor leads Melody to the
torture birthing machine for another round of prodding. A peek at her monitor reveals what I’ve suspected all along – It really is an arcade game!
After the stork graphic successfully drops its bundle, a green bassinet appears on the screen, and at the same time, a real one appears next to the creepy baby extraction device.
It’s a boy! Melody names him Milton, because she hates him, apparently.
Little Milton has a normal skin tone! This alone may potentially put him ahead of Iris in the competition for the title of heir. But he could age up with some of Melody’s more… prominent features, so we won’t count our mutant chickens just yet.
Melody returns home with Milton, and Iris gets to meet her new baby brother. She seems to like him!
While Iris get acquainted with her new bro, Melody sneaks out to
steal borrow some vegetables and flowers from the local community garden behind her house. She figures, this garden is supposed to benefit the needy, isn’t it? Well, right now, she only has §86 to her name… That’s pretty needy, right?
After selling all of her “borrowed” produce, melody earns a whopping §747!! Enough for a bed for Iris. And she kept a few seeds to start her own garden at home.
With the money Melody made, she was able to give Iris a suitably gloomy bedroom. Iris seems thoroughly pleased with the decor.
After the bedroom upgrade, the Gross family is flat broke again. So the next day, Melody (who still hasn’t changed out of that damn hospital gown) tries to hack the Llamacorn listserv to earn a few extra simoleons. Success! The family is now a few simoleons richer.
To celebrate, she invites Travis Scott over for a date. He seems especially receptive to her advances tonight.
Things heat up quickly, and soon enough they finally get that first kiss they’ve both been dying for since chapter 1.
The date progresses ahead of schedule, and soon enough, they end up in bed together. In front of the baby. Poor kid’s going to be scarred for life.
And then it’s off to the bathroom, pee on a stick, you know the drill. Sims have a shockingly high success rate for pregnancy, so it’s not really a surprise when she gets another positive result.
Melody heads to the bedroom to tell Travis the good news. He’s… oh my.
He’s not as happy as she expected him to be.
Wowsers. And he seemed so into her a few minutes ago. He sure has changed his tune in a hurry… No matter. Melody and the kids have been fine so far without a man around. They don’t need some blonde guy hanging around, with his V-neck t-shirts and argyle sweaters. His hair was stupid, anyway.
Another day passes, and Iris spends her afternoon after school making friends with the neighborhood kids. Including her half-brother’s half-sister, Olivia Spencer Kim Lewis. This family tree stuff gets complicated.
Meanwhile, back at home, it’s Milton’s birthday! Time to age up, little Milty.
Oh my. So much for looking more normal than Iris. He looks about the same. Maybe worse? He has no chin. And those cheeks!
Milton’s dorky name is all the more fitting now that he’s aged up, because the aspiration he rolled is Whiz Kid. His trait is Hot Headed. Oh, Milt. You’re going to be fun.
Now that he’s older, Milton gets his own bed. For now, he’ll be sharing a room with Iris, and I love the spooky decor, so he’ll have to live with it. But I did give him a little shelf with some books and pencils, since he’s a whiz kid, and all.
All in all, things are going pretty well for the Gross family right now. Melody is in her third trimester, is about to be promoted at work, and has finally gotten back on her feet financially. Iris is making friends and her grades are steadily climbing. And Milton is… Well, Milton is angry all the time, actually, but that can’t be helped. You’d be angry, too, if you were born looking like this.
This chapter will have to come to a close now, as I’ve been called away to the outside world. I know I wrote in the last chapter that there would be a special surprise, but as it turned out, this chapter wasn’t quite the right time. Now that the family’s got some money saved up, expect some spooky fun in Chapter 4!
Until then, happy simming!