TS4- Heart & Soul: Beginnings

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve written any chapters for the Heart & Soul Legacy and as I was finishing off my first chapter after starting back up with the Marx and Holt families it occurred to me that very few of my current readers have likely ever heard of them. ‘Till Death Do We Part an Ambrosia Challenge was 30 chapters and Heart & Soul the spinoff story is also a little over 30 chapters. Now, I won’t lie.  I would love if everyone took the time to read those stories.  I consider them my best work.  But I know that would be way too much to ask.  So I decided to do a recap.  Even if you’re familiar with the Marx and Holt families already it might be fun to revisit their antics!  Hope you enjoy the story…

In order to move forward, we have to go back.  Way back.  Back in September 2014 when Sims 4 was released.  Pinstar posted the legacy challenge rules on his website The Sims Legacy Challenge and Nyssa Marx (from my Sims 3 legacy) made a return to start the legacy once again.  I did a scored legacy and raced to the finish.  You can read it if you want, Marx Legacy.  I’ll warn you, though, I’d just started blogging and the whole 10 generation legacy was a whopping 34 chapters that read like building instructions!

Two years later… CitizenErased14, author of the Dust 2 Dust story made a challenge based on that story called The Ambrosia Challenge.  She put out a call in the writer’s lounge on the forums for beta testers and I eagerly accepted the challenge.  I decided to delve back into my Marx Legacy save which had stopped at generation 10 to continue the legacy until I have the 13th generation heir, Amira Marx.  Thirteen being a superstitious number and all some sims thought that Amira’s illness was a curse.

Whether it was a curse or not Amira’s mystery illness cost the family their millions and their legacy home.  Then, it cost her life.  Her parents moved away never to be heard from again.  But Amira stayed.

That’s where the Holt’s come into the picture.  After decades sitting empty due to stories of the house being haunted, Dante Holt purchased it for practically nothing.  Amira was not pleased to be sharing her space with someone.  Especially someone who couldn’t see her.

Dante fell in love with Leigh and when he discovered that she was pregnant with his baby they had a quickie wedding.

That’s where Edric and Elijah came into the story.

Amira discovered that unlike the rest of the family little Edric could see her!  Edric spent most of his nights hanging out with Amira while his family slept and most of his days napping.

Edric, being an analytical mind, decided that there must be a reason that Amira had been turned into a ghost.  So he went to the home of the oldest sim in the neighborhood Cali and asked her roundabout questions regarding death and ghosts hoping she might know.  While Cali was cooking dinner Edric fell asleep on and when he awoke she was dead and the Grim Reaper was there to reap her soul!

Edric begged Grim to give Cali more time and his wish was granted.  But that got Edric thinking… if Cali could be returned to life could Amira too?  He asked Grim and he replied that yes it is possible but no one had ever actually accomplished the task.  He would need to grow a deathflower, the hermit in Granite Falls could tell him how.  He would need to find a rare angelfish and milk the essence of life from a cowplant.  He would then need to combine these ingredients into the food of the gods… ambrosia.  After telling Edric this he laughed and said no sim could accomplish such tasks in one lifetime.  When Edric asked where he could get an angelfish and cowplant Grim dissipated into a cloud of smoke.

When Edric was a teen, he finally had the opportunity to meet the oddly dressed hermit in Granite Falls and ask him for a death flower.  The hermit laughs and says it’s not that easy!  He explains to Edric how to grow a deathflower himself but warns that he’ll need to be a highly skilled gardener in order to succeed.

Over the years, Edric had many pursuits in addition to his ever-growing garden.  He was quite the genius and built his own rocket ship and was later in the astronaut career.

And as he became older he grew to like his friend Lia a little more than his other friends and they got married soon after high school.

And then Rose was born… but due to a little mistake a made in the challenge tasks I decided not to make her the heir.

Edric was so focused on all of his many pursuits that he let his health decline.

After a nice long vacation to relax and recuperate the family welcomed the heir Tristan…. well, not everyone welcomed him obviously.

With his focus on his family, Edric spent less and less time with Amira and she spent several years hiding.  When she finally emerged she went to check on the death flower only to discover a young boy.  At first, she thought it was Edric but it was his son Tristian.

Tristian and his older sister Rose never got along and he started to spend more and more time seeking solace fishing in a nearby pond.

After many years of suffering through his childhood with Rose, Tristian meets Skyla and falls in love.

Kristof Holt is born.  This is one of my all time favorite pictures.  Edric was probably my favorite sim ever.  So you can understand how upsetting what happened next was.

Edric brought Tristan out to the garden and explained his plan to him.  There were 3 ingredients to the ambrosia and they were missing the essence of life.  His life was coming to an end and he loved Amira and his family very much.  He wanted to see her happy but he didn’t want anyone else in his family to have to sacrifice themselves for the essence.  Yes, you got that right.  I had to kill one of my favorite sims ever!  I cried and cried!

Tristan and Amira were both devastated but life had to go on.

Soon, Kristof became Amira’s friend just as his father and grandfather had been.

And then Kristof learned that he was going to be a big brother and was very excited!

Unlike Rose, Kristof was thrilled to be a big brother to Vaughn.

Vaughn knew something fishy was going on.  He noticed that his dad and brother would talk a lot in low voices.  Especially when Kristof was cooking.  But when he would ask what they were talking about his dad would give him some lame story like they were talking about recipes.  Why would they whisper about recipes?  Amira suggested they distract Vaughn so they took him camping and soon they thought he’d forgotten.

Tristan discovered a box of photos from Amira’s family that his father had hidden under the bed.  She was very excited.

Tristian and Kristof urged Amira to write a diary about her life… and death as it were.  This diary is now passed from Holt heir to Holt heir to learn the story of how their family helped bring Amira back to life and how they are connected to the Marx family by more than blood… I’ll get to the blood part soon.

After overhearing his father and brother whispering again about recipes and pointing to the fish bowl Vaughn went to investigate. Only to discover the angelfish that had been there as long as he could remember was gone!  Something was going on for sure.

What was going on?  The cooking of ambrosia of course!  Finally, after 4 generations the recipe was completed and Amira would be returned to life!

But her joy was short lived.  She turned when she heard a gravely voice speaking behind her.  It was the grim reaper!  What he said gave her the chills and made her realize that this may have been a terrible mistake.

He said: This gift you have been given will soon become your curse.  Enjoy it while you can.  Then he laughed and dissipated into a cloud of black smoke.

Kristof married Michaela his high school girlfriend.

And at the wedding, his brother Vaughn met Amira.  Despite her trying to thwart his pursuits they fell in love.

Before long they had their own wedding.  Which is where the Heart & Soul Legacy begins!  There are two families that I switch back and forth between.  The Holts and Marx families.

I think that this post is getting way too long so I decided to try to keep things as short as I can.  Kristof and Michaela had five kids. First, Isaac who was a big favorite of readers.  Then the triplets Keegan, Kyler and Keeley.  Later there was a surprise risky woohoo baby Jasper.

Amira finally discovered what Grim was talking about when he talked about her curse.  Not only can she see and talk to ghosts but her daughters can as well!  After wondering most of his life what the big secret was her husband Vaughn finally learns about his wife’s life as a ghost.

Sadly, I never did a family photo with the Marx kids.  I think this is the only pic of them all together.  First, there was Tate.  Then, Faithe.  But Amira needed at least 3 (I think?) for her aspiration so they tried again.  And got… another set of triplets!  Yes, I had triplets in both households this generation.  They were Avery, Addison and Alek.  And yes, I had many complaints about the similar names being so hard to keep up with.

Amira’s ghost friend Bastian approached her with another ghost and that’s how she met Detective Culpepper.  She contacted him to help solve the ghost’s case so she could have peace.

Bastian’s great-great grandson Gabe shows up at the house and becomes a permanent fixture with the family.

Amira and Bastian start the Mostly Ghostly detective agency.

Isaac Holt marries Misty, moves out of the house and has a baby Liza.

After their long childhood friendship, Amira’s daughter Avery Marx and Bastian’s great-great grandson Gabe Crouse start dating as teens.

Keeley Holt marries her long time boyfriend Dae and moves into his Willow Creek mansion with his mother.  They have no plans for children.

Tate Marx marries his childhood crush Delaney and they elope and move into a house next to Isaac and Misty.  They also have no plans for children.

Faithe Marx falls in love with Gabe’s brother Stanley.  After living with his family while their new house is rebuilt for gen 2 they get married and she stays with his family.  They also have no plans for children.

Avery and Gabe decided that they didn’t want to wait until after high school to start a family.

After years of pursuing his older sister Faithe’s best friend Rowan, Alek finally catches her attention.  Later they get married and at this point in the story she’s pregnant.

After this high school girlfriend turns out to be a psycho, Kyler Holt marries Fallon.  He is a famous author and she feels they don’t have time for kids.

And so, generation 2 begins!  Keegan Holt marries Mariela after her saying no many many times.

In a huge wedding…

Avery Marx marries Gabe…

In another huge wedding.

After some major mood swings and unhappiness with his job and now that he’s in possession of her diary and knows the story Keegan wants to spend time with his aunt Amira and offers his hacking services to her.  He’s in the criminal career but nobody knows it.  They all think that he’s a software engineer.

Party girl Addison Marx married her rich boyfriend Payton and moved to Willow Creek with his parents.  They are too busy partying to have kids.

Isadora Marx, Avery’s daughter is good friends with Sascha Holt, Keegan’s daughter.

In the last published chapter, we meet Keegan’s twins Nix and Rand.  Avery and Gabe had two more kids that you won’t see until the next chapter Tad and Devon.

I had absolutely no idea that this was going to end up being this long when I started it!  It took hours to write and hopefully it won’t take too very long to read!  If you got this far… well done!  Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll join the Holt and Marx families on their adventures!

5 thoughts on “TS4- Heart & Soul: Beginnings

  1. Thanks so much for the recap! I remembered much of it–and this really helped me put it all back together! You can always use flashbacks, recaps, memories, or stories-in-stories if we need refreshers during the future chapters, too! Really looking forward to it! 🙂

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