5.14: While We Still Can

Dear Diary,

Ugh! You know I try so hard not to complain all the time, but Zayne’s really been getting on my nerves. He’s been acting so friggin’ weird lately. (Yeah, yeah, I know he’s always weird… But weirder than normal, I guess.)


It all started last month, right after his birthday. You remember that, right? When the four of us (yes, four! I still can’t believe Zayne talked Tony into drinking with us!) got drunk off our asses on that vodka (Also known as “dumbest fucking mistake ever”).

Anyway, it all started around then, I guess. He’s been… I don’t wanna say ‘challenging’ mom and Mark, but… I don’t really know how else to describe it. It’s like he’s pushing or something, trying to see how much they’ll let him get away with (and considering the fact that mom usually lets him get away with anything, that’s saying something!)

It’s just little things so far. Staying up late, even after mom and Mark tell him to go to bed. Sneaking food into his room when they tell him not to. ‘Forgetting’ to tell everyone where he’s going when he goes out with his friends… It’s getting a little ridiculous.


I know Zayne can be a pain in the ass, but this just brings it to a whole new level. Know what I mean?

He’s basically had mom wrapped around his finger for years, but even she hasn’t been able to keep her cool about all this stuff. She’s been yelling at him way more than I’ve ever seen before. And the more she yells, the more he ends up pushing and… yeah. It’s kind of a mess.

I’ve tried talking to him about it, but every time I do, he ends up either shrugging me off or biting my head off… So I gave that up pretty quickly.


I’m pretty sure I kinda get what’s going on though. He’s always whining about being treated like a little kid… It’s like he thinks some kind of switch got flipped when he turned sixteen. Like he’s magically an adult now or something. But that’s not how it works… at all! I don’t even think it happens when you’re eighteen either. Definitely not at seventeen, I can tell you that much!

I remember I used to kinda think it worked that way… I thought one day I’d magically wake up feeling like an adult. For me, it was last year, when Ben and I decided to start having sex. I really thought losing my v-card would make me feel older… But it didn’t. And you know what? I don’t think I ever felt more like a terrified little girl than I did the day I sat mom down and told her I wanted to start birth control.


I guess the more I think about it, the more I don’t get why Zayne’s in such a damn rush about this whole thing. What’s so bad about being a kid for a little longer anyway? Yeah, mom can be a pain in the ass (dad too… no matter how ‘cool’ he tries to be whenever we’re over there. Ugh) but is having her and Mark as parents really so bad?

At least he only has two of them to deal with. And at least they’re together. And at least he gets to stay with them all the time. He sees mom more than any of the rest of us do! And he doesn’t have to deal with stepparents or a whiny half-brother or being shuffled back and forth between houses or –


Anyway, the point is, no matter how annoying parents can be, dealing with all their nagging is worth the trade-off. Isn’t it?

No rent or bills to pay. Having someone else cook your meals for you, or do your laundry, or call and make your doctor appointments. Having a parent to take care of you when you’re sick, or help you with a science project, or drive you and your friends to the movies… And not having to deal with all those adult responsibilities yet, y’know?


I mean, someday we’ll all have to grow up, sure. And adults do plenty of little things to help us get ready for that. They don’t baby us all the time… Just enough that we can still be a kid and have a little fun while we still can!

What’s so terrible about that?



Surprise! New POV Character! 😛

BIGGER Surprise… My first ever Casting Call!

Remi and River will have some more ‘screentime’ as the gen rolls on, and part of this will include College parties and shenanigans 😀 The problem? I need a bunch of YAs to play the part of their university friends/acquaintances who get into said shenanigans with them 😉

Here are the requirements (there aren’t many!):
-Must be a YA (think Uni/College-aged, so 18-22 years old or so)
-Any gender/appearance/personality 🙂
I’m gonna ask for no cc, but if there is some piece of cc that your sim absolutely NEEDS (haha), then message me on The Sims forums with a link so I can download it! 🙂
-If you have a preference of your sim’s orientation (those college parties can get wild! 😉 ) please indicate it in your sim’s description. Otherwise, I’ll just go with whatever 😛
-Please upload only one or two sims! I don’t want way too many 🙂
-Please upload to the gallery under the hashtag #A2ACastingCall
-Please submit your sims by 12PM EST Thursday, December 29th (So you have two and a half days!)

I will try to use every sim that’s submitted (unless I get too many! If I do, I’ll make the deadline sooner and/or only choose ONE sim from people who submitted two). Most submitted sims will be background characters with no/very few speaking lines. However, I plan on choosing a couple of them to have small roles as closer friends (maybe love interests? 😉 ) to my characters. That part is somewhat luck-of-the-draw, so just keep that in mind!

Thanks, guys! 😀


46 thoughts on “5.14: While We Still Can

  1. Does Jocelyne and Mark have a Child together? I novice that she mentioned that she has a half brother. Btw Who’s pov Was this? I Hope you had a wonderful Christmas 🙂
    And i’ll see i i can make a Sim for you 🙂


    1. Remember Adam? 🙂 He was in the first chapter of this arc. He’s Elliot and Emma’s son 🙂 And this is Charlie, the one Zayne says is loud when she has sex with her boyfriend 😂

      Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

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  2. Haha some of her remarks crack me up. I could just picture her face when poor Elliot tries to be cool 😀

    She’s surprisingly mature for her age, actually. I don’t remember thinking about bills and rent when I was that young!

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    1. We will see a bit of a less-mature side to her a little later, but overall, she really is! (Kind of intentional on my part… Zayne is fairly immature, but wants to grow up so quickly. Charlie is actually pretty mature, but doesn’t mind staying a kid!) 🙂


  3. So even though Marklyne isn’t married every sees it as such. Well she really does seem to be affected by her parents not being together. Sounds like she jealous I mean yeah Marklyne is definitely trying to fill the void of the parent roles but they still aren’t and never will be his parents. Glad to see Charlie has some sense I was worried after that last pic of her with Ben. Ooh trying your fist Casting Call sounds exciting!

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    1. Haha they’re “married” in all the ways that matter 🙂 And yeah, Charlie doesn’t handle the family situation as well as her sisters, unfortunately! And as for Mark and Joce being his “parents”, well, I think Zayne definitely sees Mark as just his grandfather. I think Joce is more complicated. She is definitely more like his mother in his eyes than Mark is like his father, if that makes sense.

      And yes, Charlie has learned and takes great precautions with Ben hahaha

      Can’t wait to see who you make!


  4. I appreciate her perspective. Not many teenagers will admit that being a kid is ok. As for your casting call…this story is in desperate need of some Pruetts! 😛 Maybe I’ll pick a Pruett and make a new hottie too.

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  5. I loved Charlie’s POV. I was worried about what happened with Ben earlier, but I’m glad she had some sense and was able to talk about it with her mother. She’s a very mature girl. As for Zayne, I hope he’ll will learn to realize how much his Tante Joce cares so much about him.

    As for the casting call, I’ll have to pick one of my Boredom Cuties from my collection and make a new beauty or cute guy. 🙂

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    1. I can’t wait to see what you make for the casting call 😀 And I’m really glad you like Charlie 🙂 We won’t get to know the other two triplets nearly as well as we know her (unfortunately!), but I will say that she is definitely the one who feels the struggle of their family situation more than the other two.

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        1. Haha there was no explanation 🙂 I picked her because originally in my planned plot, Joce was only supposed to have one daughter, and that daughter was going to be Charlie (same name/traits/personality). I’d always planned for Charlie to be a decent-sized character along with Zayne. So even though she now has two sisters, I’m still sticking with her as the main triplet. The other two will be background because I simply can’t manage that many characters (especially since Remi and River are getting attention too!) 🙂

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  6. Oh, she is a little jealous and resentful of Zayne and her half brother and the fact they have two parents that are together. I guess since they have been “shuffling” their whole life, I would have thought they would be adjusted to it – maybe it’s just Charlie that resents it. However, she doesn’t seem to mind the weirdness of Jocelyns and Marks relationship as it relates to Zayne and seems to accept them fully as a married couple even though they aren’t. I wonder if she wishes they were her parents. Reading a lot between the lines. As always. 🙂 I enjoyed hearing from her pov.

    Good luck with the casting call!

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    1. Haha I like that you’re analyzing and going deep! 🙂 I think Charlie is used to the shuffling, but also sick of it doing it for her whole life. And I think Adam getting older and now this stuff with Zayne is kinda having those feelings ‘flare-up’ a bit. Both ‘brothers’ (since Zayne essentially is a brother to her haha) are getting a lot of attention from their parents lately and she’s just feeling lost in the middle of it all. Her sisters don’t feel the same way she does… Charlie is kind of unique that way haha (maybe not a good way :P)


  7. Charlie is beautiful! And very mature, I like her! I can’t wait to see the sims from the casting call! College adventures were my favorite, I got myself into some shenanigans and I can’t wait to read about these ones!

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    1. You can definitely give them backstories! That’ll help me figure out what to have them doing in the shots and stuff 🙂 We won’t be getting to know these sims well enough to know their families (heck, we probably wont’ learn most of their names, to be honest. sorry about that haha), but definitely feel free to flesh them out a bit 🙂 And they could certainly have a significant other if you want 😀


  8. AHH this is what I get for reading too late .. had a perfect cutie in mind for the #A2ACastingCall .. LOL BUT I am certain you had more than enough!

    Zayne seems to be running from lots of stuff .. his youthfulness being only a small part of the struggle and maybe just the one that shows now 🙂

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    1. Haha aww sorry 😦 and yeah, I ended up with over 40 sims 😂 If I do another casting call in the future I’ll let you know though 🙂

      Interesting observation about Zayne running from things! He’s definitely a complicated kid!

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  9. Oooh, missed the casting call… But, you probably had tons of entries. 😀

    Charlie seems more mature than Zayne but sees the perks of still being a teenager. Interestingly opposite.

    Really excited to see some college shenanigans! 😉

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    1. Sorry you missed it 😦 Yeah I ended up with more than 40 entries haha so it was a bit overwhelming!

      And good catch — Charlie is kind of the opposite of Zayne. More mature but doesn’t wanna be an adult yet. 🙂

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  10. I mean she’s right and wrong XD
    He’s obviously still projecting over the fact his parents are gone, I mean Jocelyne isn’t his mom. But also adulthood sucks XD I do not look forward to having to figure out bills. The most I have to do now is prepare for college, and that’s fine by me 🙂
    Charlie’s gonna end up a teen mom isn’t she? I mean, she doesn’t want to be an adult, but it’s going to be forced on her, because we all know you love those unplanned babies that turn into twins or god forbid triplets XD

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    1. Hahahaha oh no, hopefully not! Hopefully by now the Rosebrooks have started listening in sex ed and understand birth control XD Because clearly the generations before them did not 😛

      And yes, adulthood is lame. Do not recommend. 😛


  11. Finally a teenager with the brains to use birth control.
    If you need any Sims for background or whatever, you are welcome to any I have on the gallery. I don’t care how you use them, or even if you do. Name is same as here.

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