With her daughters in private school, Jill figured she had dispensed her duty to her dearly-departed Elwood. She started going out to bars again, while Johnson made sure the girls ate dinner, did their homework, and went to bed on time.
Johnson, Annie, Jacqueline, and Agatha eat leftovers while Gretchen puts her plate in the dishwasher without being told.
The years passed rapidly, and soon Agatha was turning 13. In honor of the milestone Jill went shopping and spent over 8000 Simoleons on clothes. (She figured that anything Agatha didn't want could be saved for the other girls.) She also took Agatha to the salon for a haircut and helped her apply makeup for the first time.
Agatha's first question after her birthday was when she would be allowed to date boys. Jill thought 13 was plenty old enough, but Johnson cautioned Agatha to focus on school and making platonic friends so she could go to college and get a good career.
Agatha Riedmayer, daughter of Elwood Riedmayer and Jill Smith
Brown hair, S3 skin, gray eyes
Lifetime Want: Woohoo 20 Different Sims Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
A year later, Annie became a teen. She was plainer than her cousin, but she had an easygoing, cheerful temperament that endeared her to everyone around her. Johnson told her that if she made the right friends and got good scholarships she would go far in life. (He made no mention of looks.) Jill gave her a makeover that emphasized her best features.
Annie Riedmayer, daughter of Quinton "Jack" Riedmayer and Johnson Simpson
Blond hair, S2 skin, brown eyes
Lifetime Want: Become Captain Hero
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Both girls soon got after-school jobs, Agatha in Entertainment and Annie in Law Enforcement. By the time they graduated high school both girls had excelled so much that they got scholarships, which certainly made Johnson proud.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline began to talk about seeing her father--Elwood, not Johnson. She claimed that his ghost leapt right out of thin air while she was playing and scared her half to death.
Jill figured that Jacqueline just needed a little extra attention and started playing nice calming games of chess with her in the afternoons.
But then Agatha said she saw Elwood's ghost too; that he leapt out of the easel while she was painting. (Which made no sense at all, since that easel had been Jack's.)
Jill started encouraging the girls to visit Elwood's grave and work out their grief in constructive ways, and after that the claims of ghostly apparitions ceased. Jill was glad, since it gave her time to invite over a few friends.
Jill seemed to get along well with Brandi here, so I spontaneously decided that she's bisexual. It keeps her and Brittanie Kules from just passing lovers back and forth, anyway.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline and Gretchen both turned 13. The two both said they wanted to make lots of money when they were grown up (which pleased Johnson no end and no doubt would have pleased Elwood), though Gretchen said she wanted to earn riches through daring adventures in exotic locales and Jacqueline simply wanted to go to law school and end up in the judiciary.
Gretchen Riedmayer, daughter of Quinton "Jack" Riedmayer and Johnson Simpson
Brown hair, S4 skin, light blue eyes
Lifetime Want: Become Space Pirate
Astrological Sign: Aries
Jacqueline Riedmayer, daughter of Elwood Riedmayer and Jill Smith
Brown hair, S4 skin, gray eyes
Lifetime Want: Become The Law
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
It's interesting to see genetics play out when you don't have Firstborn Syndrome going on. (The Riedmayer girls were born during the same play cycle and thus were immune.) Gretchen gets practically all of her features from her mother, while--as I pointed out above--Agatha looks like the Riedmayer side of the family.
Jill and Johnson were worried for a little while that having a 16-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl, and two 13-year-old girls in the same house was a recipe for disaster, but the girls were all fast friends. The talking never stopped, but at least it was friendly talking.
This is what the house looked like at the end of the week.The only noticeable difference on the first floor is that a lot more magazines have accumulated.
On the second floor, I have added a little balcony gym. Otherwise things are very much the same.
The attic has flooring now.
I took off the normal roofs entirely with the thought of turning them into balcony type areas. Meanwhile, my attempts to make it easier to get from the house to the street continue.
I don't normally like Romance Sims, but I was glad that Agatha rolled Romance. I need one of the girls to have illegitimate children to carry on the family name and it should work nicely with Agatha. Jill and Johnson are young enough that they'll still be around to help out when the children are small.