Chapter 6: Senior Pollination Technician #3

Chapter 6



Nebula sat with her boyfriend Harley at her brother’s little picnic-style restaurant the morning of her birthday with butterflies in her stomach.  Is he really going to ask?

To distract herself from her nervousness she looked for Aaron and his boyfriend Caiden and saw them making out on a bench.  Way to run a restaurant, boys.  She shrugged to herself after that thought.  She could never begrudge them their happiness after everything they’d been through.

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After lunch, Harley suggested that they go hang out at the bluffs.  Although she had been expecting it with the little hints he’d been dropping lately she still felt shocked when he proposed.  Who knew when she started The Invaders club for fellow aliens in disguise, that she’d meet her future husband through it?

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All of the family gathered around the table to wish Nebula a happy 19th birthday and congratulate her and Harley on their engagement.

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After blowing out the candles there was a strange flash of light and an alien woman was standing in the room, “Pollinator 332 it is time for you to take your post.”

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Confused, everyone looked from the alien to Nebula and back in shock.  After a few stutters, Nebula was finally able to ask, “who are you?”

“I am Senior Pollination Technician 3, as it is known on your planet, I am your mother,” the alien said simply as if she were talking about a book she had just read.

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Gasps went around the room and Harley put his arms around Nebula.

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“Filth!  You allow this male to touch you?  This is most unsatisfactory 332, when we arrive on the mothership you will be punished severely for this infraction!”

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Alex had heard enough of this nonsense.  This was the alien that had abducted him all of those years ago.  She didn’t seem to appreciate the gift that their daughter was but he did.  “Now that’s enough!” he yelled into the confusion, “you’re not taking my daughter anywhere!”

“It is her duty as a pollinator to live on the mothership and seed the other planets,” she stated flatly, seemingly unmoved by Alex’s emotional outburst.

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“I’m not going anywhere!” Nebula yelled, “this is my life and this is my family, you call my fiance filth?  You’re the filth!  Abducting poor unsuspecting sims, you make me sick.”

“Fiance?  You are to marry this filth?  You have soiled yourself with him?  This is unacceptable.  We cannot have a soiled pollinator,” she stated simply.  Then, in a flash of light, she was gone.

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“Did that really just happen?” Lark asked into the shocked silence.  My family has the best drama ever!

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“First, I live with a family trying to resurrect a ghost and now there are aliens?  This is so cool!” said Shelley.

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“The Lothario’s are trying to resurrect Suri?” Lark asked, interested, “you must tell me all about it!”  She began to see the gossip potential of this little girl right away.

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Shelley was really happy staying with the Noble family.  She even had her own room!  They said it used to be Aaron’s room, whoever that was.

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Her favorite person in the house was Lark.  Because Lark liked to hear her stories.

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Nebula and Harley went out dancing and Nebula got talking with Candy Behr-Pancakes about the club she’s in called The Spin Masters.  Everyone in Nebula’s Invaders club are elders and on their last days.  She decided she needed to find a new club to run.

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The Spin Masters sounded perfect.  So she got a cheap DJ booth and started working on her skills.

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Alex had the rare opportunity to treat his granddaughter Joi in the hospital.

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After work, he visited Joi and Aaron with Alisha to check up on her.  Llama Flu was no joke.

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Shelley and Lark became best friends.  Their love for a good story bonded them despite their age difference.

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Nebula finally got into the Spin Masters and overthrew their leader.


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A/N: Okay, first off, I want to stress that I did not plan this.  As far as I knew abductions were broken in the game from my recent experience in my Xenophilia challenge.  So I was utterly baffled when while the game was on high speed and I was talking to my son and not paying attention Alex got abducted, again!!!  I didn’t even realize what was happening until he was beamed back down and I took this shot.  

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The morning after Alex was abducted he noticed the tell-tale shimmers coming from his belly.  It had been Nebula’s mother’s form of revenge.  He was sure of it.  Now, he had to find a way to break it to his wife.

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After thinking about it all day Alex still couldn’t come up with a way to tell Alisha without upsetting her so he just pulled her outside, away from everyone, and broke the news.  She took it much better than he had anticipated and her only concern was that they had given Shelley Aaron’s old room to use when she stayed with them.

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Tobias aged to teen among cheering and confetti.

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He turned out pretty handsome.  I had a terrible time deciding on an aspiration and trait for him and finally decided to give him Renaissance Sim and genius.  I’ve never completed that aspiration so it’ll be like a personal mini-challenge for me to do so.

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Our time with the Noble family is over.  I’ll end up having to leave the Landgraabs to come back when Alex goes into labor, though. The hard part is thinking of a space-themed baby name I haven’t already used!

Chapter 7 at the Landgraabs was never written.  I played out a couple of days with them but nothing exciting happened.  This rotation is over.  This was my last attempt to resurrect it.  The children were all moved to my AfterTime save.

Chapter notes:

One day, when I was still working on the “shutterbug” angle for the rotation, I was looking for a way to bring Lark to the park where the Lothario kids were playing so that she’d be in the background.  I put down the teleporter mod and clicked summon and was shocked to see Nebula’s mother listed as one of the summon-able sims!  I had this chapter all planned out before I started the Mashup and I completely forgot about it in the shuffle.  When I did the parts with Nebula’s mother I saved first, summoned her, did all the screenshots and exited without saving because otherwise, she would be part of the neighborhood and not an unseen NPC. (Although if I hadn’t done so she wouldn’t have been able to abduct Alex again!  And yes, it is her baby.)

When I moved all of the kids from this save to the new AfterTime BACC save I didn’t move Tobias Noble or the twin alien babies.  I will do so now but they will just be homeless townies.  If you’re wondering why they don’t live with Lark and Joi this is why.


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