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The original gang that entered the Survivor house so long ago, so full of hope, has lost some of its number. Some simply left, grasping what opportunities came along:

First, Hopeless, a child, left with the social worker to join Jack and Abigail McCoy's household. Hopeless grew into her promise with her new, caring, mother and father, and as a teen did her part to help with younger siblings.

Ever the serious one, she rarely smiles, but buckles down to work. When her new dad, Jack, dies, she is deeply distressed.

Yet she is determined to win enough scholarships to go through the university without being a burden on her loving adoptive mom, Abigail. She even maxes out her mechanical skill levels, which will undoubtedly help her in the future, whatever career she chooses.

Finally the day comes, and she cheerfully (as cheerfully as Hopeless ever is) calls the cab to her new life. We will check in on Hopeless later, in another episode.

As we noted in a previous episode, Useless escaped by falling in love with Karol Peterson and moving in with her. They were married. When last we looked in..

The happy couple had moved into a lovely home and karol was pregnant. We will check in with Useless later, too.

After Jack McCoy died, Abigail sought comfort in a new friend, Matt. Soon that friendship evolved into something more.

Let's not pretend that Matt did not see the advantages of this relationship in escaping his deadly life in the Survivor household. He didn't take much time to pop the question.

After their marriage, Matt settles into his new household.

He helps with subsequent children, including all of the refugees from his own Survivor home:

He also gets rid of the 'fro, opting for the more current bald look.

We'll look in on Matt more later, perhaps in his own episode, or rather an episode of the family he joined, which includes all of the babies and children who were taken from the Survivor home by the social worker.

And finally we return to the Survivor home itself, where we see increasing distress. Phoebe fights with everyone.

She also finds it difficult to go to the bathroom by herself.

While Charles and Hopeful enjoy the outdoor hot tub...

Phoebe takes herself to the indoor tub, preferring the solitude.

And yet, even when facing a potential new friend, she grieves for her lack of friends.

She dreams of having five, when she only has two...

Notice the sharp little edges to this dream balloon. The Creator suspects the dreamer is distressed.

Meanwhile, Hopeful and Charles get it on. With a tiny bit of help from the Creator.

This new relationship, borne in part of the loss of Useless to his bride, Karol (Hopeful previously was in love with Useless and had his child - who ended up in the McCoy household), lifts Charles' and Hopeful's spirits just a bit above their usual low levels. But not enough, for one day Hopeful comes home from work and...

Needless to say, she didn't "die well". Her friends lovingly place her gravestone in their little patch of green.

A testament to the loss of hope.

Join us next time, when we ask the question, "What will Hopeless do?"


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 29th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Judith, this is brilliant.
Apr. 29th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Most people think I'm nuts, of course. Okay for 20-somethings but not 60-somethings, I guess.

I suspect that this is a follow-up to my paper doll playing when I was a child.
Apr. 30th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
This made me smile. You are a pro!
Apr. 30th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
That's a pretty scary thought. But probably true.
May. 11th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Love it. I can't believe I missed this post.

May. 12th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people miss weekend posts. But that's usually when I am feeling like creating them. As you know, these posts take a little work!

I'm getting ready to do the next installment - mainly on Hopeless. She has become my favorite sim of all time - and I'm one who thinks my sims are selfish and stupid pretty much all of the time, so I was surprised to develop such affection for her.
May. 12th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
I've noticed that too (the weekend post thing). I think a lot of people are dicking off at work, hence all the livejournal play (I know most of my livejournal play is at work--hey, give me free access to the internet and knowledge that the IT administrator doesn't give a crap and see if I don't goof off?).

I wanted to say something about your comment that sim stuff is more for the 20 something set and not the 50+ something set. I think that's bunk.

I'm past the 20 something range (I'll be 30 this year, oh yeah, three decades!) and I think as long as you enjoy it, who gives a crap. Yeah, some people may dub you a "dork" for getting into computer games but tell them to piss off. Yeah, it is dorky (when you get right down to it, right?) but it's also very creative.

I haven't written anything for YEARS. I have a creative writing degree and I started to think it was just a very expensive piece of paper. Then, I started to write sim stories and it got me back into the writing groove.

So even if computer games like the sims are "dorky", they can have some "worth". So every time you fire up your Sims 2, think of it as a creative outlet. Hell, it's better than television. Television only serves to numb your mind and sell you crap you don't need.

Play Sims 2 instead. Your mind will thank you for it.

(this public service announcement brought to you by one drunken madame_ugly)
May. 12th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
I agree with you that sims 2 can be a good outlet for people over 30 (and I'm 60), but I notice that most of the players on LJ are indeed teens or twenty-somethings. Most of them seem to still live at home. Sometimes I am tempted to quit the community because I get tired of the pretty boys and girls and the beauty contests and the "choose my heir"s, but fortunately there's you! (I don't mean to offend anyone here. It's just me.)

And I do feel better about my addiction when I go to the trouble of writing a story, even the recounting of events that occur. I don't have to make up anything in that case, but it still is a creative outlet, because I can use my writing skills.
May. 12th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
You might like simstorytellers then.

It's a new community for all the storytellers. It's not as heavily focused on legacy challenges. You do still get the "isn't he/she HAWT?!!!" but you also get people more interested in (as the name states) story telling.

simstorytellers was started by lsims (of Simkees and Truman Sim fame).
May. 12th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
The creator of that community invited me to join. I intend to do so. Although, truth be told, I don't read very many stories. I read yours and I read the Genesis series and occasionally one or two others.

What would happen if I started an "Over-Thirty Sims Players" community? heh.
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