Kim and Jane: 5.8 “Memories”

Last time with the Diffys, Thad and Wendy got introductions, and decided to get a divorce, on the most amicable terms. Everyone moved into their respective careers: Thad in film, Wendy as a busker, and Jane as an inventor (and Kim already in journalism). Emmie also aged into a child, and I forgot to mention the trait she received, which is grumpy. This time… Continue reading “Kim and Jane: 5.8 “Memories””

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Kim and Jane: 5.3 “A Ghost?!”

Last time with the Diffys, lots of things happened. Game changers. Actually it was more like just one thing: while at university, Kim suffered a premature death, and was visited prematurely by death. Jane turned to drinking, and then hammering to deal with her feelings. Maura simply found the whole situation unlivable, and so, to appease her, Salem did the previously impossible and brought her (sort of) back to life. Then the chapter ended on a sad note with Gilbert’s visit from death. And this time…

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As I said last chapter, I no longer trust Kim to not kill herself when she’s left alone, so Jane is accompanying her to university. Kim is a communication major, while Jane will be in technology.

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Jane: “This is going to be no fun, I can just tell.”

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Jane: “You really don’t remember coming here?”

Kim: “I told you, the last thing I remember before being a ghost was our gift-giving party. This is all new.”

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Tiffany Angles: “Whoa, I didn’t know that this would be THAT kind of school that let rainbow bright Sims in!”

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Jane: “What? Who are you? What do you even mean?!”

Tiffany: “Oh, c’mon, you know what I’m talking about; stupid bright purple hair and burnt orange skin?”

Jane: “And?”

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Asala Karam: “Hey, did you come here with that ghost?!”

Jane: “Yeah, she’s my sister.”

Asala: “Sorry, I’m not trying to insult you! It’s just so unusual! How did that even happen?”

Jane: “I don’t feel like talking about it.”

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Sharon Dorsey: “Hey, I’m sorry if those girls were bothering you. Honestly they probably came from small towns with people who all looked the same. Granted, though, I think you are the only, er, rainbow Sim on campus, and your sister has got to be the only ghost student.”

Jane: “Really? I guess I am the weird one then. It’s normal to look like me, well, to be any color, in my town, but that’s Strangetown.”

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Sharon: “Never heard of Strangetown. Anyway, I just wanted to say welcome. I’m in my second week here, and let’s just say that I know what it’s like to be different.”

Jane: “Well thanks for the welcome!”

Anoki Moon: *stares*

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Meet-and-greet time! We come for the free, nonlethal soda!

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Kim: “This place is creeping me out. Jane said they probably never replaced the vending machine.”

Yeah, let’s get out of here.

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Let the school week commence!

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Kim: “I still miss Gilbert.”

Sophie Mander: “A ghost? Ick…”

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Kim: “Time to fire up this Mobile Radio Station!”

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Jane: “Time to fire up this Brain Enhancement Machine!”

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Tiffany: “I don’t really think that she knew what she was doing…”

Yeah, you probably shouldn’t insult someone one day and then let them do experiments on your brain the next.

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So…ghosts are incapable of running.

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But at least they can go through walls and, therefore, skip all the traffic at the door.

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Jane: “This class makes me look good, and I didn’t even want to be here in the first place.”

 

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Jane: “Hey, thanks for inviting us. I’m Kim’s sister Jane.”

Ye Gangnam: “Oh, I’ve never met a, um…I’m Ye.”

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Ashley DeSorrento: “Ew, how did you get in here?”

Kim: “Through the walls.”

 

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Jane: “So, end of the week. Did you get your grade report?”

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Kim: “Yeah, and I’ve gotta tell you that it’s not very good. I was totally off my game for those last exams. This is a lot harder than I thought it would be.”

Jane: “Same here. Y’know, now that I’m here I’d rather not fail.”

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Jane: “I’d suggest studying through the weekend, but for some reason I just feel totally incapable of doing that. I want to, but it’s as if I don’t even have that option.”

Kim: “That’s weird, I have that same feeling. I guess we’re just meant to enjoy the weekend.”

Let the weekend commence!

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Bonfire party!

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Kim: “A little extra somethin’ somethin’.”

Where did you even get that?!

Kim: “It’s the weekend. No questions please.”

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Drinking!

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Acting silly!

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Watching Jeffery Dean get in a bar brawl!

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Well, that was fun (?). But now the weekend is over, so I’m glad that Kim and Jane are not prohibited from studying anymore.

Jane: “So the quantum mechanics of, uh…”

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Jane: “Good thing this is only practice…”

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More actual studying. In the library.

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Kim: “Yeah! That exam was a breeze!”

 

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Liz Tarry: “Whoa! Are you a ghost?”

Kim: “Yes, and a hungry one.”

Liz: “Wait, you eat solid food? That doesn’t make any sense.”

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Kim: “You don’t make sense. Go away.”

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Jane: “Mediocre performance, but you’ve got a pretty face.”

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Jane: “What movie are we seeing?”

Kim: “Dragonfly 2. It’s gonna be awesome.”

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Jane: “Hey, Ye, glad you could join us.”

Ye: “Of course, I’m always up for a movie.”

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Kim: “3D was a great choice, guys. Well, it has been a tiring week, so I’ll just head back now.”

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Jane: “Always up for a movie, huh?”

Ye: “That, and Kim invited me. She’s a good friend.”

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Jane: “Kim isn’t here now. How do you feel about that?”

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Ye: “Well, I must admit I’ve always wondered what it would be like…with a berry.”

Jane: “A berry? Uh, right, yeah.”

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Ye: “Mm, we should hang out more often.”

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Final grades revealed! In unison!

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The grades are much better this time.

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Jane: “Woo! C!”

Kim: “A…A…A…”

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Jane: “Brr, it’s getting way too cold up here.”

Kim: “Really? I can’t tell.”

Jane: “Shut up. Let’s get home.”

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Jane: “Ahh, that sun sure does feel good.”

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:O

I had nothing to do with this.

Next time: Kim and Jane find out that Salem has been doing more experiments while they have been at school.

Kim and Jane: 5.2 “Frog in a Well”

Last time with the Diffys, there was a super important family meeting, Teddy crashed the gift giving party, and Kim headed off to university. This time…

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Kim has arrived at Sims University. You look nervous.

Kim: “It’s…dark here.”

Why don’t you check out that “meet and greet” thingy?

Kim: “Fine.”

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Kim: “All this free soda makes me want more free soda.” *wishes for free soda from vending machine*

Want to be a little bit of a daredevil and kick the machine, huh? Well alright…

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Gaaahhh nonononono!

I say that a lot, don’t I?

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She looks so pitiful… ;_;

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Kim: “Whoa, now this is awesome! Couldn’t have picked a better color for a ghostly state! Red goes great with black…”

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Kim: “I can float! This is so exciting!”

Grim: *ahem*

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Kim: “Wait, no! Can’t I stay here in the Simly realm as a ghost?!”

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Kim: “Isn’t that the privilege of someone taken before their time?”

Grim: “I am afraid that that is not really how this whole death thing works. You must come with me now, and I will explain.”

The university promptly informs the Diffys, but unfortunately refuse to even remove Kim from the student union center. The Diffys are shocked and distraught from losing Kim.

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Jane: “I’m off to save the day!”

Except Jane, of course. She’s all action.

Jane: “What kind of an establishment is this school, anyway? They’re making me come to campus and seem totally unapologetic about all this. It was their faulty vending machine! They should at least pay for my fare there!”

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Once she reaches campus, Jane runs down to the student union building.

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And there, she finds Kim’s urn. And a llama.

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Jane: “I wonder if the vending machine over there is the same one.”

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Jane: “Will you stop doing that stupid dance?! I’m having a moment here!”

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Jane: “I guess I’ll just call Dad and let him know that I found her.”

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After snatching up the urn, Jane decides to bike around campus a little bit.

Jane: “I need some time alone right now.”

Ok…

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When she returns home, the urn is placed in the living room so that everyone can be near to Kim.

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Jane: “I need a drink.”

The only bar in town welcomes you!

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Jane: “Hey Aunt Heather. I suppose you’ve heard about Kim?”

Heather: “Yes, Maura told all of us. Such a shame that one should die so young. Now we’ll never know her true potential.”

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Jane: “So you work at the science center now?”

Heather: “Yes, they were quite eager to hire a Beaker, though of course I couldn’t divulge any of my father’s discoveries like they wanted me to.”

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Jane: “So have you done any explorations that are more extreme…like life or death type experiments?”

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Heather: “Well, no, we haven’t been working on those types of things. It’s all about saving the planet, you know. We don’t have a recipe to raise the dead, Jane. But of course anything might be possible with science.”

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Jane: “I know you probably think I’m crazy, but thanks for being nice anyway.”

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Now Jane can truly drink away her sorrows. Sorrow annihilators yay!

 

 

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Salem: *contemplates life and death*

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Jane: “Grandad!”

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Jane: “I woke up and I remembered–that Kim–”

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Cinnamon Bun: “I’m so sorry, Janey.”

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Jane: “How do you do it, Grandad?”

Cinnamon Bun: “We all miss Kim so much–”

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Jane: “No, I mean…how do you live without Grandma?”

Cinnamon Bun: “I–I still miss her every day.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “But it’s you. You and your parents are still here, and that keeps me going because I love you all so much.”

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Maura: “Salem.”

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Maura: “Are we bad parents?”

Salem: “We couldn’t have known that this would happen, and even if we did–”

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Maura: “That’s not what I mean, Salem.”

Salem: “Oh? What did you mean to say?”

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Maura: “I miss her so much. I miss her too much. I miss her more than I would Jane.”

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Maura: “You understand? We shouldn’t, but we have favorites. Jane’s your daughter, and Kim’s mine. You have to do something.”

Salem: “What can I do? She’s already–”

Maura: “Your science experiments. They’re more than you let me believe, aren’t they? If there’s any possibility…you have to try…”

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Salem: “Ok. I’ll try, but I can’t promise you anything.”

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Jane: “I have to stop this. I need to do something.”

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Jane: “I’ll do something with this stuff from the junkyard.”

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Jane: “Yeah, this is more like it.”

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Salem: “Now what can I do? As a ghost, Kim is able to manifest a ghostly state for temporary periods of time during the night.”

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Salem: “I just have to make that state permanent.”

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Salem: “I think it’s working.”

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Salem: “Eureka? I’ve always wanted to say that.”

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Salem: “Now I need to test her motor functions.”

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Salem: “She seems to have a functioning ‘brain’, although I think it’s transparent…”

Kim: “What? Of course I have a brain!”

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Salem: “It’s all good, then!”

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Kim: “RAWR!”

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Kim: “I’m a ghost now. This is what I do.”

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Salem: “Hmm, you want to mess with me? Let’s test your reflexes now. Think fast!”

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Salem: “Ha, this test is useless since I don’t have a control. It was fun though.”

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Kim: “Enough! I’m not some experiment; I’m your daughter!”

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Salem: “I’m sorry. I guess what Maura said is true.”

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Salem: “Um, so, you must have been through a lot. How do you feel?”

Kim: “So you can take notes on it?”

Salem: “What? No, Kim, I’m trying–”

Kim: “I’ll just go find Mom now.”

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Kim: “Mom!”

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Maura: “Kimmie!”

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Kim: “What have I missed?”

Maura: “Jane started hammering a bunch of junk in the basement. Trust me, you haven’t missed much.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “Kim?”

Kim: “Grandad!”

Jane: “Kim?!”

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Jane: “I thought you were gone forever!”

Kim: “Right. I have a question about that…”

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Kim: “How did I die? I don’t remember.”

Jane: “A stupid vending machine smashed you dead.”

Kim: “Huh.”

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Salem: “Concentrate…careful…”

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Maura: “Hasn’t anyone ever told you to not play ball in the house?”

Salem: “Oh, sorry.”

Maura: “I’m just kidding, Salem.”

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Maura: “I actually want to say thank you. You brought Kim back, and that’s amazing.”

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Maura: “I love you.”

Salem: “I love you, too.”

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Gilbert: “Wake up, you lazy butt.” *MEOW*

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Kim: “What gives, Gilbert? I’m pretty exhausted after everything that’s happened.”

Gilbert: “Just come downstairs. I–I want you to watch me play with the cat scratcher.” *meowmeow*

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Kim: “Gilbert, what’s wrong?”

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Maura: “What is it?”

Salem: “Gilbert doesn’t look good.”

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Grim: “Who’s a pretty kitty?”

Cinnamon Bun: “Why do you keep doing this?”

Grim: “Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.”

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Ok, that’s enough! I’m done.

Next time: Yeah, Jane is going to university with Kim because I don’t trust Kim to be on her own anymore. Sorry if this chapter was a little too heavy, hopefully next time the Diffys will be back to doing boring random things.

Kim and Jane: 5.1 “Family Meeting”

Last time with the Diffys, Emily died and everyone was upset, Salem came up with a plan to get out of the “organization”, and Kim and Jane aged into young adults. This time…

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It’s family meeting time.

Maura: “Everybody get down in the living room!”

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Kim: “Hey Mom, what’s this about?”

Maura: “I really can’t tell you until everyone is down here to hear it. It’s your father’s news, anyway.”

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Kim: “Mom! I thought we were close.”

Maura: “Of course we are. What side of the bed did you wake up on?”

Kim: “The wrong side!”

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Jane: “I hope you’re about to announce some fantastical paradise vacation…”

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Salem: “Nothing so exciting as that. I’m really not completely sure how to say this…”

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Jane: “Is this about Ashley? He’s gonna let us borrow his police car, right? That would be sweet.”

Kim: “No pictures of that, please. You’ll get us into trouble, Jane.”

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Salem: “Stop guessing, Jane. No, I’m, ah, quitting my job.”

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Kim: “What?!”

Jane: “No way!”

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Jane: “But you love your job. You’re always working late, and staying extra days.”

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Salem: “I know. But, you see, it wasn’t exactly–”

Maura: “Your father’s company went under.”

Kim and Jane: “…oh.”

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Salem: “Yes, I suppose you could say that.”

Maura: “This is why we need to talk to everyone. We need to know what you two want to do now that you are adults. Now we’re obviously not going to have as much money coming in, so we need to figure out how to deal with that.”

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Jane: “Well don’t worry about that; I have no immediate plans.”

Kim: “Hmm, I wanted to get a degree in journalism, but I’m not really sure how to do so now. I could find a job myself to pay for it.”

Maura: “If you’re going to university, I want you to focus solely on that, Kim. A job would take away from your studies.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “I want to help. I still get paid plenty by the fire department, and I can pick up extra jobs as the firechief.”

Jane: “I don’t want any more school.”

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Jane: “College? Ha.”

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Kim: “Grandad, you don’t have to do that. You should be retiring by now.”

Cinnamon Bun: “I’m plenty capable of doing my job yet.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “Look, I’m a part of this family, so don’t make me feel like I’m not. I want to help you go to university. If I can’t do that for my granddaughter, then who can I?”

Maura: “You two discuss this. My carpool is here; I have to go.”

Kim: “Fine.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “I think that you being a journalist is a great idea.”

Kim: “I think it’s important work to bring information to people. And I’ve really liked writing for the school paper.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “Like I said, I think it’s a great idea. My grandmother Keely was also in journalism. She worked her way up from a papergirl.”

Kim: “Whoa, really? She didn’t even have a degree?”

Cinnamon Bun: “No, she didn’t.”

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Cinnamon Bun: “We lived in the Sunset Valley Hamlet back then. It was small time, but she always wanted to be a news anchor.”

Kim: “But she never made it?”

Cinnamon Bun: “The town wasn’t really the right place to pursue that kind of thing. It wasn’t big enough. And she cared too much for my father to leave.”

Kim: “Hmm…being in front of a camera is not so much my thing. I’d like to stick to writing for now.”

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Kim: “It seems like journalism is much stricter now. You have to have a degree and some experience before you can get in. That’s why I feel like I need to go to university.”

Cinnamon Bun: “You don’t really need to explain, Kim. It’s a wise decision, and I’m proud of you for making it.”

Kim: “Thanks, Grandad.”

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Salem: “So Jane, is there really nothing you might want to pursue?”

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Jane: “Well, not right now. I don’t feel like I need to go to college because I don’t have anything in particular that I want to do. It would be a waste of money.”

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Salem: “I understand, Jane. But, as your father, I’ve got to warn you not to do just anything because you feel like you have nothing else to do. I didn’t have a plan when I was your age, not career-wise anyway. You’re a lot like me, Jane, which is why I don’t want you to do the same stupid stuff I did.”

Jane: “Dad, you’re not stupid…”

Salem: “Smart people can still do stupid things.”

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Salem: “That said, don’t worry about it too much. You don’t have to decide your whole life in one day.”

Jane: “Aw, I love you Daddy.”

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Salem: “I love you, Janey.”

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This bucket has been sitting around for a while. Time to finally use it.

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Kim: “Now I just have to wait and see if I’m accepted.”

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Salem is visiting this old warehouse for the last time.

Salem: “Yes, everyone agreed that we can’t carry on without Carmen. It’s too risky.”

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Maura is very relieved to hear this.

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Teddy: “You Diffys are having a gift giving party, aren’t you?”

Kim: “Why does that matter? Creepy old guy…”

Teddy: “Wait, you don’t know who I am?”

Kim: “No!”

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Enough of creepy men who just happen to be your mother’s ex-husband. Ice skating is much better.

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The Diffys are, in fact, having a gift-giving party.

Thad here has started dating Wendy Smith-something-or-other.

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Aaaand well this is awkward.

Salem: “Teddy…”

Salem might not be intimidating enough while wearing pirate makeup from the winter festival.

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Teddy: “I know who you are, Diffy. You better watch your back.”

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Salem: “Shoo shoo, Teddy. Before I decide to take that axe down from the wall…”

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This is one hardened criminal.

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The next day is Kim’s departure to Sims University. Because of course they accepted her.

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Maura: “Have fun, but study hard! Call us! Don’t get too crazy!”

Kim: “No more advice, please.”

Maura: “Ok Kimmie, just be responsible! You’ll do great!”

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Aw, you look sad to see her go, Salem.

Salem: “No, I just…I just want it to rain.”

Right.

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Next time: We’ll meet up with Kim at university!