Author’s Note: Sorry this took forever! I haven’t had much chance to play until recently. Finally I have an update!
Time heals all wounds.
Sonny was growing into a happy and healthy baby boy. Daisy seemed content to sit for hours and play with her favourite toy, which was convenient as caring for Sonny took up much of Glace’s time.
Cloud loved his job more than ever.
He loved Glace too. Nothing could ever take his Moon from his heart but he knew she would want him to be happy and he needed to be strong for his child. His children. Somehow, from somewhere, Glace had stepped forward to help him.
Glace worked hard helping with the children. She also loved photography and managed to make some money selling the photos she took with her cheap camera. Cloud worked hard at his job and at keeping the house in working condition.
Something was always breaking.
They weren’t the only ones working hard. Local scientists were working on channeling the colour that was popping up all over the lakes districts. You could buy colour now. Some colours had a fair amount of staying power. These were the cheap and easy to produce colours such as yellow. Others, like purple and black were worth more and faded quickly. People were buying and trading all sorts of things for a bit of colour. They used it to colour their clothes, their homes, their possessions and themselves. The brightly coloured adults contrasted with the more pastel shades of colour that was emerging naturally on the children of the town but not as much as it contrasted with those who had no colour.
“In the potty, not your pants!” Glace sounded tired. Cloud had been outside working on a new fence and he watched through the window as she attempted, yet again, to get Daisy to go in the potty as she rubbed a kink out of her neck.
The next morning Glace didn’t feel so good.
They both knew what this meant.
Glace was ecstatic. She hoped for a little brother for Sonny. Cloud didn’t mind as long as it was healthy and Glace came through all right. He tried to ignore his worries and threw himself into work.
One day he got called to a fire larger than he’d seen before. There was talk of some chemicals catching fire and he heard screams from the inside. He tried to get in but the windows of the first floor were on fire and he had to extinguish those before he made any attempt at entering.
The heat beat down on him, but he worked on. Success! Fire burnt around the house but the house itself was safe to enter. He tried the door but it was locked!
He pulled out his axe and broke down the door. Inside, he made his way through the smoke following the screams.
When he found her he was glad he was wearing his protective eye wear! The colour this sim had was brighter than any he’d ever seen before. It must have cost a fortune!
“Come on!” He called. “You have to get out! This way!”
She made it out and later Cloud learned that she was one of the scientists working on colour. Apparently some of the chemicals used in the extraction were rather volatile.
The children continued to grow at an alarming rate.
Sonny grew into the sweetest little toddler with, true to his name, hair the colour of sunshine! Cloud bought some yellow with the local currency to put into his clothing. There was some left over and Glace put it into a new dress for Daisy who had grown at an alarming rate and had become a young girl. When had it happened? Just yesterday, it seemed, she was a baby…
Daisy was too big for her cot and so she moved into the bed Glace had brought with her she she’d moved in. It had stood empty for a long time, tucked into a corner. Cloud was pleased that they’d kept it.
“Daisy!” Cloud called one day when it was her turn to wash the dishes. “Where are you?” He found her in the bathroom, sitting happily and playing with her favourite toy. “What are you doing in here?” He asked.
“You and mum have your own room, and Sunny has our old room to himself.I just have a corner of the living space and when mum leaves the radio on Twink can’t hear me when I sing to him. I want my own room too!”
“I’ll see what I can do.” Cloud said, feeling guilty he hadn’t thought of it before.
It only took a few panels and a door, but soon Daisy had a space to call her own. To make up for not thinking about it on his own Cloud bought her a rug in the shape of a daisy. He used the very last of the yellow he’d purchased to colour the centre yellow.
“A daisy for my Daisy.” He said, before leaving here to play happily in her new bedroom.
Cloud’s success as a firefighter had earned him another promotion which was much needed as Glace didn’t have to spend some much time trying to take sell her photos.
She devoted her time to teaching Sonny how to walk and getting him potty trained. He picked things up much better than his sister.
“Daisy!” Cloud called. “Are you brushing your teeth again? That’s the third time this morning. They’re clean. Run along outside and enjoy the fresh air. Not every child has been fortunate enough to have fresh air to enjoy!”
“I was just making sure they were clean!” Daisy protested. “Can I take twink with me?”
“Leave your doll, why not go to the part and try to make some friends? There’s other children your age that play there. Now run along and have some fun!” Cloud shook his head as Daisy left. That girl spent far too much time cooped up inside. She needed to socialise with other children. He wished there was a school she could go to so she could spend time with other children. Schooling wasn’t such an issue. He and Glace had decided that when Sonny was older they’d begin teaching both of them at home. It seemed silly to start now with Daisy then re-start in a few years with Sonny. Also Sonny took up so much of Glace’s time right now and he was growing so fast.
He wasn’t the only thing growing fast. Every time Cloud looked at Glace her belly seemed to have grown larger and if she got any bigger she’d be larger than she’d been even when full term with Sonny.
“You must be due any day now.” He said.
“Maybe… I think there might be two in here.”
“You know. Twins. It’ll be all right, two for the price of one, hey?”
Cloud tried to swallow his anxiety. Two babies meant twice as many chances for things to go wrong.
One night after dinner Cloud came back into the living area after checking on Sonny to find Glace clutching her stomach.
“Dad, mum peed herself.” Daisy said.
“Ah— no— you just go to your room and play!” Cloud took deep breaths. It would be all right. This time, just like last time. Nothing would go wrong.
“But mum just said to clear the table! Is she sick?”
“No, but tomorrow you might have a new baby brother or sister!” or two… “Run along!” Cloud prayed that she wouldn’t fuss any more and she didn’t.
He turned his attention back to Glace and prayed nothing would go wrong.
Well, nothing went wrong, but it didn’t go exactly to plan either.
Late that night Cloud welcomed his second son into the world and they named him custard.
A little girl followed and they damed her Daffodil.
But still Glace moaned.
Another new baby boy entered the world and they called him Lemon.
He was followed another girl they named Bee.
It was now the early hours of the morning and Cloud looked from baby to baby. Four. Who ever heard of a sim having four babies at once? But they’d done it. They only had two cots, where was he going to put them all? Overnight he had become a father of six.
They found places for them all. Somehow things just came together. The two girls into Daisy’s old cot and the two boys fitted nicely into t draws lined with blankets. Draws, it seemed, made pretty find beds for young babies. After they were all sorted and Glace cleaned up they finally had a chance to snuggle into bed together.
“I can re-arrange the living space.” Cloud said. “Build a new nursery big enough for four. We can afford new cots before they get much bigger… How about bunk beds? When they’re older, I mean, I can build bunk beds. I’ve got space in the roof for an extension…”
“Oh stop fussing and get some sleep while you can!” Glace said to him. “They’re just babies at the moment, and we’ve enough to deal with for the moment just keeping them in fresh nappies! Anything else can wait.”
Four more babies. What ever were they to do with them all?