Pleasantview - The Next Generation
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Before I start my stories of Pleasantview, here some information about my story:

Next generation?

Next generation, how so? My first born in-game Pleasantviewers have their first babies now or are pregnant with their first baby. I did feel like doing a Pleasantview story before because 1) I was focused on playing and 2) There are already so many of them about the first “years” and I always wonder: what is next?
I will however include lots of flashbacks, to show how we got where we are ???? I will also start a little introduction, just to be sure you will understand who is who from the beginning.

To be taken into account:
- I am not a native English speaker, so I will make mistakes now and then
- I am from Belgium, where we speak Dutch and French, so the names will sometimes be a bit more “international”
- For the same reason of being Belgian, my female Sims will most of the time keep their names after getting married. No woman takes her husband’s name here. I downloaded a mod for this.
- My pictures are not always perfect. I play on an old laptop and I focus on my gameplay and the stories in my head, less on the pictures.
- The stories are real, in the sense that they are entirely based on my gameplay but of course with my own interpretations ???? I do not put anything in scene only to get a perfect picture that fits into the story.

Episode 1: Goth – Burb: Lucy the lucky girl

Short history:
- Alexander grew up with his father Mortimer, stepmother Dina and half-brother Gabriele. His father died when he was a teenager. Dina remarried with SSU frat boy Ashley Pitts, who became like a new stepfather for Alexander. In the meantime he was dating Melody Tinker, who was some Sim days younger than him.
- Lucy had a little brother, Dieter. Her parents broke up when she was a teenager (and had more kids, more about that later).
- Lucy and Alexander met at university where they stayed in the same dorm. They fell madly in love with each other.
- Now they live together in Pleasantview with their family.

Household members:

Lucy Burb and Alexander Goth
Guy Macarevich, Lucy’s son from her 1st marriage
Martina, Tom and Jonas Goth; Lucy and Alexander’s children
Renée Dreamer, Cassandra and Darren’s youngest daughter

Lucy has always known she would be a mom someday and she would have a big, loving family. Little did she know she would indeed get what she wanted, but not in the most traditional way. Her son Guy was already the child of a broken family in this picture.

Her simultaneous pregnancy with her mom’s was already quite uncommon, she would not imagine that her traditional image of family would fall even more apart, and that it was not entirely a bad thing, as she still thought when her parents divorced.

Or she didn’t want to see it yet. But was it really that normal that she was still seeing her ex-boyfriend as a married woman?

Especially not if you also woohoo him while being pregnant with your husband’s child.

And was this the big wedding she had dreamt of as a little girl? In her low-budget apartment downtown, with nobody else around, knowing that she was already pregnant after a revenge date with Addison to get over Alexander?

At the time, she was too angry at Alexander. She had caught him with Melody, his high school girlfriend. While she was thinking about life after college, he would not think of a better idea than cheating on her with that… uhh, she does not want to think about it anymore.

In the beginning they were so good. It was love at first sight when they met at the dorms. It was strange they hadn’t met before, they lived in the same neighborhood after all. But Alex came from a rich family, and her parents were struggling a lot when she was little. She loved his sense of wisdom, his hunger for knowledge. She knew that he still had a girlfriend from high school, but he had promised to break up with her.

But then that Melody girl came back, she even got her way into the sorority where Lucy had moved to. And although she got engaged to Beau Broke, she was still into Alexander. She and Alex used to talk about maths and physics, whereas Lucy was more into literature and cultural things. How could she compete with that nerdy, innocent-looking-but-not-so-innocent-at-all girl? It was too much at the time.

But still, the love for Alexander was too strong, even when she was already in her marriage, her house and her baby boy Guy Macarevich. She had to end this. And besides, Addison had been cheating on her too. So this was doomed.

She took the baby with her, took the taxi to Bluewater Village, where Alexander lived at the time, and moved in with him. Alexander was more than happy to treat her baby as his own. He had to spend a lot of time with Guy anyway, because Lucy was pregnant again and felt nauseous all the time. But it was worth it, because Lucy would soon give birth to his first biological baby: Martina Goth. That sweet little girl would look exactly like Alexander.

It was hard now and then, especially because Alexander had turned himself into a bad warlock to chase of Lucy’s husband and that took its toll on them. And they had some financial issues too because Alexander was used to a more expensive lifestyle. But after all, they were happy. Until that terrible accident that happened at her sister-in-law’s place.
Only one day after her husband Darren’s death, there was a fire at Cassandra’s place. All the guests could escape, but Cassandra was trapped. Alex and Lucy were there, but there was nothing they could do.

The damage was enormous. Luckily Sarah the dog survived.

And there it was that Lucy had to extend her family in another unusual way. Cassandra had left 3 children behind, 2 of which were already in college. The youngest one, Renée, was still a child at the time. Lucy and Alex agreed to move to Cassandra’s place, clean up the mess there, and take care of Renée. In return they would inherit the house and most of the money. Lucy welcomed Renée as it were her own child, and in the future they would really have that bond

Except for the fact that, once grown up into teenagers, Renée and Lucy’s eldest son Guy would be attracted to each other. Lucy is still pretending she doesn’t know about it, not even about the “secret” woohoos in her and Alex’s bed. She knows that there is nothing she can do about it, even though she’d rather see them behave like siblings instead of lovers. Renée has just gone off to college anyway, so she hopes Guy will put get a crush on another girl.

You would almost forget that Lucy and Alex had been engaged for a long time when they finally found the right time to get married. This time Lucy did get her fairy tale wedding, with her little sister Alana and her daughter Martina as bridesmaids.

Lucy wanted to do at least 1 thing in the right order: to get pregnant after a wedding (even though she already had 2 kids and a stepdaughter/niece). Her prayers were answered.

She even had 2 of them: the cute twin boys Tom and Jonas. Maybe it is a good thing that the other children are about to go to college, there is enough work to do without all these teenagers in the house!

So, life did not always turn out as expected. Lucy had her big family, but in a more unconventional way than she would have expected: 1 son with her (deceased) ex-husband, 1 daughter and 2 twin boys with her husband the warlock, and 1 niece she raised as her own daughter. And we will keep the talk about her half-siblings for another time.
Would she have agreed on this scenario if she’d known before? Probably no. Has it turned out to be a bad thing? Absolutely no. She had her dream wedding in the end, her eldest son Guy is a wonderful teenager, and so is Martina. She is proud of Renée, who has adapted to her new family in a fantastic (although a bit too intimate with Guy) way and will now spread her wings. She loves her family, as weird and chaotic as it might be.
Although, there is one secret she discovered about Alexander that she just found out:

To be continued...

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