Chapter 1.01

Hello! Author’s Note: This is my first sims 4 legacy story and I’m having lots of fun with it so far. Yay for firsts! I hope anybody who reads this enjoys. I love feedback of any kind.

Meet our Founder: Camille Thoreau

1

Traits: Geek, Genius, Good

Aspiration: Computer Whiz


2

I looked at my small, new house in Newcrest. I’d gotten it for cheap at a foreclosure sale, and I could certainly see why. It wasn’t horribly run down, but it wasn’t much to look at, either. The inside, as I knew only from pictures, was a little worse for wear; the paint was chipped and the carpet was worn. The furniture that had come with the place wasn’t too bad; a few pieces I had brought myself. There was at least nothing growing in the toilet. The thing that had really motivated me to spend almost every penny I had on this place was the property, not the house. I was now the proud owner of the largest parcel of land in the city.

3

One day, I thought dreamily as I stepped into my home for the first time, I’ll build a big, gorgeous house here. The kind of house that, just maybe, my descendants could live in. Wasn’t that a neat thought? To have generations of my family living in a home that I’d worked hard to build.

That, of course, was going to take a long time. One day in the distant future, I wanted to have children, one or two maybe. But children do not fit anywhere in my “right now” plan, as I like to call it. I’m not even going to think of spawning until I’m at the height of my tech career. As long as I work hard, I should still be plenty young enough to have a few children by then. I’ll be financially stable, and I’ll be home more. It just makes sense to wait. I really don’t even want to get married until I’m at that point in my life, either. Dating, sure, why not, but live-ins are so complicated. My mother never could keep a spouse for very long. She always said she was best at relationships when they each had different addresses.

Someday, I’d like a husband or wife of my own, maybe, but one would just get in my way right now. Some would say I’m too focused, too driven, but I don’t want to spend my whole life trying to work my way up the ladder.

4

With a promotion already in my mind, I settled down at my computer to check my email. I had sent in an application to Rainy Day Entertainment for a starting position in support; I was hopeful that they had gotten back to me by now. I had always loved games, so what better to do with (part of) my life than become a video game developer?

We are pleased to say…read the email.

I continued reading and crowed with delight. I was the newest employee at Rainy Day Entertainment and I could start work tomorrow. I celebrated with a quick game of Sims Forever before settling in to the joys of programming. It was hard, and confusing, but I was going to get it. I wasn’t going to be like my mother who never accomplished anything or my father who seemed content to be a fry cook for the rest of his life. I was going to make it.


5

I poured myself into my work. Even though I knew that it was important to have a healthy social life, most of my time was spent at my computer. Whenever I needed a break from programming, I just played Sims Forever or another game and then got back to programming. I started making some money by making plug-ins and apps. They didn’t bring in big bucks, but I had to look at it as a stepping stone. They were the stepping stones to bigger fish.

6

I don’t know what actually motivated me to do it, but on one of my days off, I decided to actually see some sunlight. Maybe I was just sick to death of my co-worker’s inane chatter. Whatever the reason, I wound up at Willow Creek Park. I wandered around, enjoying the fresh air and the sound of birds. I need to do this more, I thought, smiling serenely at a couple of children playing together. I want to get ahead, but I guess it’s not exactly healthy to be a basement dweller.

7

As I meandered, a man at one of the chess tables caught my eye. Impulsively, I sat down and asked if I could join his game, even though I knew nothing at all about chess. He smiled – he had a wonderful one, by the way – and said that he’d be delighted for me to join him.

“I’m Huy Casillas,” he introduced himself.

“Camille Thoreau.”

“That sounds French. Are you from Willow Creek? There are a lot of French descendants there, I think.”

I actually was, but that wasn’t where the name came from. “Actually, my father was from France, specifically Champs Les Sims.”

8

He leaned across the table, looking at me with interest. “Really? Have you ever been? I’ve never been further than Newcrest.”

I shrugged. “When I was a little girl. My parents took me to visit my grandparents. Not long after they died, my parents divorced and my father never made enough on his own to afford another trip. I do remember it was a beautiful place, though. I liked the music. There was a song my grandmother taught me…” I smiled softly and hummed a few broken bars, trying to remember the tune. “I guess it’s been too long since I thought about it. I can’t remember it now.”

“That’s okay. I’m sure learning it is a lovely memory anyway.”

10

We fell into talking, forgetting about the unfinished chess game in front of us. As it turned out, Huy lived with his brother and two sisters in a large house in Willow Creek, not that far from the neighborhood where I had grown up. We talked until the outdoor lights came on. When we finally parted ways, I found myself looking forward to the next time I would see him.

I tried not to bury myself quite as deeply into my work. I was rising through the lower levels of the tech world quickly; evidently, it wasn’t only obvious to me that I was meant for better things. I tried to make time to see Huy more than just on my days off. I wasn’t sure if I wanted something serious, but I did like him quite a lot and enjoyed having him in my life. He often joked that he was just a booty call, since I often asked him to come over in the evening after work and we inevitably fell into bed. I would just laugh it off and remind him of the crazy hours I had. To myself, I would admit that it was kind of nice to know that he’d come over whenever I called and that I could count on a bit of woohoo when that happened.

11

We were on one of our rare, real dates at Rattlesnake Juice when I happened to catch the eye of a really cute red-headed woman. When Huy excused himself to the bathroom, I couldn’t resist starting up a conversation with her, so I slid onto a chair beside her.

12

“Can I get you a drink?”

She laughed quietly as she faced me. “That’s original.”

“I prefer to think of it as reliable.” I grinned. “So, how about that drink?”

The waitress set a glass down in front of her and she raised it up, tilting it slightly towards me. “I have one, but thanks.” I thought that was going to be the end of things, shut down hard, but she smiled at me instead. “I’m Shirley.”

I returned her smile. “Camille.” From the corner of my eye, I saw Huy returning to our table, so I quickly rummaged in my pocket for a pen and wrote my number on Shirley’s napkin. “I’ve got to get home – work in the morning. But I’d like it if you’d call me sometime.”

She looked at the napkin and slowly put her hand on it and slid it towards herself. “I might just do that.”

I smiled as I made my way back to Huy and hustled him out of the bar, excusing our quick exit much the same as I just had to Shirley.

13

Back at my house, alone in my living room, I felt appalled at my behavior. I hadnever cheated on one of my partners before. What in Watcher’s name had possessed me? I cared about Huy, even if I wasn’t in love with him. He was a good man who didn’t deserve to be cheated on. And I’m sure that Shirley wouldn’t want to be the “other woman.” And yet…I really wanted to get to know her. In a more-than-friendly sense. And I also wanted to keep seeing Huy.

What a mess.

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35 Responses to Chapter 1.01

  1. cathytea says:

    What a great start! This is original–there are still all the legacy-beginning elements, but you’re also introducing other plot aspects, and your pacing is fantastic! It’s neat to have a chapter where so much happens!

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    • JoieWilder says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m enjoying writing this so much, so I hope it’s shining through in the quality of my writing.

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      • cathytea says:

        It’s so evident! I also like the way that you’re able to give a legacy your own twist. It has the framework we’re familiar with, but at the same time, it feels like a new story–like it’s a story you’re telling, not just “another legacy story!” I love it!

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        • JoieWilder says:

          I think I’m saying “thank you” too much, but I can’t help it. I love sharing my stories with others and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing someone else is enjoying the story I’m telling.

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          • cathytea says:

            🙂 It’s exciting, isn’t it? And just think! You’re just at the beginning! A year from now, we’ll still be enjoying your stories, I hope! And then… you’ll be on gen 8? *knock on wood*

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            • JoieWilder says:

              Really exciting! I just had to go tell my roommate I had a follower. I don’t think she appreciated it as much as I did!
              I really hope I’ll still be updating in a year. I’ve never completed a legacy before, but I’ve also only been playing the sims for just over a year (and I only got TS4 a few months ago).

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            • cathytea says:

              🙂 I remember when I got my first follower! It was about a year ago! It was the famous WhatthePlum–you’d LOVE her legacy, I’m sure!

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            • JoieWilder says:

              I just looked her up. 🙂 Thanks for telling me about her.

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  2. Oh, hey! From first timer to first timer I have to say it: Your first chapter is MUCH better than mine! It is intriguing and yet not corny, as some legacies tend to be. Your writing makes me think you’re highly skilled, I admire such ability! I will for sure keep following your story as I feel I have so much to learn!

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    • JoieWilder says:

      Thank you! Especially for saying I’m highly skilled as a writer! I write a lot of fanfiction and original fiction, so I guess I’ve had some practice. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you and reading your blog.

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      • Oh! Thanks for following me though! it means a lot! I’m catching up with your chapters and I love how you pulled the other Sims in as if they were not simply spouse material, but actual characters to work with!
        I have so much to look up to with you!
        From the next chapter, I’ll try playing a bit with my characters too. :3

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        • JoieWilder says:

          When I write, I’m always a fan of supporting characters getting their own plots. I feel that it adds a fullness to the story that is often absent when only one or two perspectives are presented. Plus, you can add in a sub-plot section or chapter if you don’t have a lot for your main story, which can happen with legacies.

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  3. theplumbob says:

    I figured I should give this a go 🙂 I love that your founder is half-French, what a neat idea to inject a bit of diversity in there 🙂

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  4. ninjapigsims says:

    Really well-written and super engaging! I like how you fleshed out the beginning of her story in Willow Creek and her new job at Rainy Day! Oh Camille, what have you got yourself into? D:

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  5. Nice beginning to your legacy, Camille seems to be getting herself into trouble already! Hope you’re having a great day!

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  6. Virtualee says:

    Ooo Drama is brewing so soon in Chapter 1. Can’t wait to see what Camille does next!

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  7. Simslover163 says:

    New reader here! Great start to your legacy and your founder is so pretty! I’ve been inspired by so many legacies that I should start my own! 🙂

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  8. kaffepigen says:

    I love this start! It’s great so many things are happening at once and i get the impression you have some great ideas to share with us all. I’m following your blog now and i can’t wait to dwelve further into your story 🙂

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  11. zefiewings says:

    Checking out your other stories from your Appocalyps story. Off to a good start!
    I’m curious if Cam wished to flirt with the girl at the bar or if you just liked her lol.

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  12. cshaner says:

    And so I begin!! I like Camille! She certainly is driven in her career and her ideals of how her life will be.

    I like seeing the traditional legacy elements along with some variations that make this your story!!!

    Also the description of “at least nothing is growing in the toilet” made me chuckle!!

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    • JoieWilder says:

      I’m so happy to have you reading!! You’re one of the few who actually like Camille from the start. haha

      Like

      • cshaner says:

        It could be that I understand her wanting to wait for a bit before settling down and the “getting out and seeing the sunshine” comment hits home some weekends! I fear if I were able to work from home I would be in a similar space! Haha

        I also don’t see anything wrong with playing the field when you’re young. She doesn’t need to settle down with Huy if she’s not feeling it! 😄

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  13. kaffepigen says:

    Hi 🙂 Just popping in to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award: https://thebloomlegacyblog.wordpress.com/sunshine-blogger-award/

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  14. hi there i have been binge reading ashes to ashes and all caught up so thought i would come and read your story and learn more about josh cant wait and the first chapter sounds like theres going to be alot of drama and i love drama lol

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