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Fortune & Romance - Chapter 1: Sisters

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Warnings: Sexual innuendo, mild profanity


And Lord help the sister, who comes between me and my man!

Nina Caliente was searching for a reason to get out of bed. She wasn’t tired, just apathetic. In fact, her therapist often said the root of her problems was that she had too much energy, which had a tendency to manifest in outbursts of aggressive and otherwise problematic behavior. Also, the delusion that she actually had a therapist.

What finally got her to lift her head was the realization that her sister was up before she was, and it wasn’t even noon yet. She’d made herself at home; there was already the usual path of destruction leading from the bed to the door.

wakeup

“All kinds of weather, we stick together, the same in the rain and sun…”

Dina’s pitchy voice was cutting through the walls.

“Two different faces, but in tight places, we think and we act as one!”

tired

“Still in bed? And I thought I was the lazy twin.” She climbed over the hide-a-bed; there wasn’t enough room to go around. "How can you just lie there when a new city is waiting eagerly outside your window with a come-hither look in its eye?"

Nina replied with a small groan.

jump

“Oh, come on, honey! Now’s the chance to make some friends outside me and your own hallucinations!” Dina rummaged through the mess of clothes on the floor. “I don’t want to come back and find you dancing with the mop again.”

“It’s got better rhythm than you.”

Dina tried a change of tactics. “You know, there are boys out there.”

“Boys are stupid.”

“I know, but this is a college town. The boys here are men, supposedly. I mean, sure they’re even poorer than us at the moment, but you’re always telling me that’s ‘not important’.”

Nina rolled her eyes. “I don’t need a man, I just need an outlet.”

“There’s one behind the dresser,” said Dina, smirking. “An outlet, I mean, not a man.”

“Haha?”

window

“But seriously—” Dina dropped all the cheeriness in her voice. “Nobody knows us here except Dulcinea, and you know she hasn’t been bragging about our…family history. Don’t you want to take advantage of that?”

closeup

She turned away and the cheeriness was back, albeit strained. “I mean, for all anyone here knows we’re Al Simharan princesses studying abroad—that’s what I’d tell everyone if I could pull off the accent.”

She said nothing else and started getting dressed.

okay

Okay. I’ll go with you.”

Dina beamed. “We can go to the outlet mall, if you like.”

They were eighteen-years-old, but not yet out of high school or on their own. While everyone else was heading to Three Lakes for Spring Break, they’d ended up at their step-grandmother’s house near Sims State University. Both of them were content to just get out of town for a week, especially in light of a recent incident involving Nina’s imaginary therapist.

fountain

"We're going out, Dulcinea!"

“Mmkay, don’t get pregnant.”

fountain

They decided to check out the “University Way Shops” located on the Sims State campus, across the street from the library. The college didn’t get out for Spring Break until the following week (a fact that their dad was blissfully unaware of) but the stores didn’t open for another hour.

The girls only had 200 simoleons to split between them, but besides clothes shopping their choices of joint activities were fairly limited. Dina was only interested in movies that had been out of theaters for decades and preferred not to spend money on any food that didn’t contain chocolate. Nina liked jogging, but not with her sister skipping along behind her.

They were waiting in a garden nearby, when a strangely dressed man appeared at the edge of the lot, twirling his mustache at the sight of them. Nina assumed he was a either a drama student or an eccentric professor.

mustache

“Oh no,” Dina whispered, as he tipped his hat to them and started approaching.

“What’s wrong, Deeds? I thought you liked old guys.”

“Not when they’re after our money.”

“What makes you think that?” The amount of money in Nina’s pocket could buy each of them a tracksuit or new underwear, but anything else they would have to share.

“He’ll take what he can get and we look like easy targets. Watch.”

“Good morning, ladies! Spare a coin to make a wish in the magic fountain? Built by fairies, believe it or not!” he said, gesturing toward it with a flourish.

fountain

Dina flourished back at him, smiling. “If only we had coins to spare.”

“Wish for more money, then. But keep your head up for bags of gold falling from the sky!”

Dina looked up skeptically. “If it can give us money, why does it want ours?”

Nina cute

“I’ve heard stranger things that turned out to be true,” said Nina, reaching into her pocket.

fountain 2

coin

She tossed a coin into the water. There was barely time to think of a wish before Dina’s shrieks drowned out her thoughts.

Nina! Dad gave that money to both of us! Half of that simoleon was mine!”

There were some flaws in that reasoning, but Nina was not in the mood to explain them. Her sister wasn’t going to shut up about this for the rest of the day, but it’s not like she ever shut up anyway. “I guess we’ll have to share the wish, then.”

“Oh and what’d you wish for? ‘True love’? That’s the one thing we can’t share, if you recall—” Dina winced and quickly changed the subject. “You could have at least tried the bags of gold thing!”

“Maybe we each get half a wish. You get half a million; I get half a boyfriend. I don’t care which half.”

Dina closed her eyes and inhaled, loudly. “I’m going to dive in there and take it back.”

dive

“You can’t, that’s illegal. The owners of the park probably donate it to charity!”

“And then you won’t get your wishes!” the man added, reminding them that he was still there.

“She doesn’t really believe in magic; she’s just trying to annoy me by throwing money away! And now we’re not gonna have enough to buy anything but tracksuits!”

“Whoa, calm down, mini-miser!” The man stepped between the two of them, putting his arms around their shoulders. “All this bickering over a single coin?” He really wasn’t bad looking, Nina thought, strange facial hair choices aside.

“Oh shut up, thief,” Dina said, alerting Nina to the fact that he was indeed stealing their money as she spoke.

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2

3

As soon as the money was back in Nina’s hands, Dina decided to pull a Pocahontas.

up

“Don’t kill him, sis! Although, I’m sure under the circumstances we could easily get away with it.”

poca

“I can explain,” he sputtered. “I wasn’t trying to rob you—”

“Oh, I know you weren’t trying to rob us. Robbery by definition involves threat or force. For example, if my sister, having just kicked your ass, threatened to do so again until you handed over your monocle and snazzy hat—that would be robbery. I think the word you’re looking for is ‘pickpocket’, which happens to be something I have a sixth sense for. But if this is—as you’re going to claim—a misunderstanding, and we just assaulted you, then maybe we should all go the police right now?” she said, finishing with a raised eyebrow.

The eyebrow plus monologue were scary enough for him to make a break for it, leaving his hat behind. Nina could have caught him but her rage had subsided halfway through her sister’s power trip.

run

When he was out of sight, Dina pulled a man’s wallet from her sleeve. “So, shopping anyone?”

“What the—did you just pickpocket the pickpocket?”

“Yeah, while he was pickpocketing you. Don’t you think he deserved it?” Her smile broke when she saw the look Nina was giving her. “But don’t worry; I’m not planning to make a habit of it or anything.”

wallet

“You better not or I’ll punch you.” Nina snatched the wallet out of her hands. It contained at least enough simoleons to buy a pickup truck and still have enough for a jalopy. ”I bet he stole this too. We have to turn it into the police!”

“Of course! …But you know, it’s probably just petty cash he lifted from loads of people who they’ll never be able to find.”

“Uh-huh.” Inside were a Driver’s License and Sims State University ID, bearing the name and picture of a young man who was definitely not the guy with the monocle, as well as a library receipt for The Definitive Book of Pickup Lines, Zombies? Zombies!, and Sense & Sensibility. Also, a couple of condoms.

Dina was still talking. “Plus, now that that he’s got a taste of his own medicine, he’ll probably never steal from anyone ever again. And in fact, the amount of money he’s now not going to steal could very well outnumber the amount in your hand!”

Without a word, Nina took off in the direction the thief had originally come from. Dina followed, skipping to keep up.

library

“Excuse me, is Parker Langerak in there?”

“Yeah, he’s probably in the Jane Austen section, scoping for chicks.”

scooby

That’s where they found him. He didn’t hear them coming because his headphones were the loudest thing in the room. Nina took a deep breath and tapped him on the shoulder. “Um…Parker?”

He quickly took out his earbuds and gave her his full attention. He was cute, with dark eyes and a bright smile. Quite a few years older than her but still young enough, in Nina’s opinion (Though, probably not in her father’s opinion.)

blush

“Are you, um, missing something?”

“Your number! You must be new in town, if we’d met before I would definitely remember.”

Nina blushed. “Yeah… I’m here to check out what Sims State University has to offer.” It wasn’t exactly a lie. She would have to mug a few more people to pay the tuition, but Dad had said she should consider applying.

“I’m what Sims State has to offer. You gonna check me out?”

wallet 2

“Is this yours?”

“Wow, how’d you do that?” he said, checking his pockets. “Are you one of those street magicians?”

“Yeah, and I’m her lovely assistant.”

No. We found it,” Nina said, throwing her sister a look.

“Oh. Thanks! Didn’t know I lost it.” He seemed grateful, but disappointed that she didn’t have magical powers. “Look, if you ladies really want a taste of campus life, there’s a party tonight over at the new tower. I’m bringing Myshuno.”

“I love Myshuno.”

“The party starts at six, just look for the tallest building on campus!” As soon as he finished his sentence, it was suddenly as if he was called by some invisible force. “I gotta go to class,” he said, without even looking at his watch.

gone

And then he was gone.

hug

“College boys, Deeds! Can you believe it?”

"To think I thought they were a myth. I hope it’s a real party and not a creepy euphemism.”

“I don’t care either way!”

hug 2

“Honey, you don’t think that guy’s the ‘true love’ you wished for, do you?”

“That’s silly, Deeds! Why, do you think he likes me?”

“Of course he does,” Dina sighed. “Can we finally go shopping, now? You can’t go to a college party dressed as a twelve-year-old—No offense, you have literally had that dress since you were twelve, hon. We’ll have to see if Dulcinea can lend us an extra simoleon, unless you want to show up in a brand new tracksuit.”

“Yeah, I’m sorry about that, Deeds. I was really out of it this morning.” Nina patted her pocket, only to find it was empty.

“Missing something?” said Dina, with a smug look on her face. “Maybe I should be a street magician!”

Dina!

And yet Nina couldn’t bring herself to be too concerned about her sister’s newfound kleptomania. It was shaping up to be a much better day than the one before.

klepto

Author’s Notes:
The song "Sisters" is by Irving Berlin.

The Caliente album pictures suggest they had a good childhood with loving parents and a comfortably middle class economic status, but in my mind their lives took a sharp downfall right as they hit adolescence. Their memories show their mother died before they reached their teens, and Nina did not grow up well from a teen to an adult. So I guess I picture them as “fallen princesses” in a way, which would explain why Dina is the way she is.

They are supposed to be 18 here, which still counts as a teenager to me. I realize some people might still be squicked seeing Young Adult Sims flirting with Sims in the Teen stage, but I don’t think they look underaged. They have such narrow faces that aging them down just sort of filled them out. I won’t be posting any “explicit” content with them like this, so hopefully it won’t be much of an issue.

Also, here’s their personality points if anyone needs a refresher:
Nina: Neat - 8, Outgoing - 2, Active - 9, Playful - 2, Nice - 4
Dina: Neat - 2, Outgoing - 8, Active - 1, Playful - 8, Nice - 6

Notice a trend?

Thank you so much for reading! Please comment!

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bunheadsbuns
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
Oh I love seeing the Caliente sisters like this, young and sort of innocent still. And I really like the relationship you set them up with, I'm always fascinated by twins and their relationship to each other.

Not to mention your pictures, wow! They're gorgeous. Well done! I'm looking forward to more :)
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked the twins' dynamic.
bunnyw1th
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
Seconding the wow on those pictures! Dina doesn't look as scary as she usually does before I go to plastic surgery town on her, is that just how she looks as a teen? She's so cute!
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! That is just how she looks as a teen (but of course, skin, hair, and makeup makes a huge difference). Aging her down fills out her face and widens her eyes nicely. She can good look as an adult with the right lighting/angles/hair/skin/makeup, but her jaw gets some scary face shadows sometimes.
eyexofxnewt
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Gorgeous!
I was blown away by your pictures on GOS, which inspired me to check out your lj. I am loving this so far! The posing is perfect and I like how clear the characterization is- Nina and Dina have nearly opposite personalities; they're not cookie cutter female Don Lotharios like they're often portrayed. The scenery, the posing, the writing, wow! I'm definitely going to be checking back all the time. You're off to a great start.
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: Gorgeous!
Thank you! The female Don thing is exactly what I wanted to avoid, so I really tried to play up their differences.
budgie_budgie
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
I'm in love with your story already, and wow, the posing you did for these pictures are sooo good!
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! I tried to be creative as creative as possible with the posing. I use poseboxes that let you pose the arms, legs, and turn the heads separately on everything, so that there wouldn't be anything anyone's seen too many times before.
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peasant007
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
I absolutely love Pre-Made stories, and I love what you've done with the Caliente sisters. The staging and *everything* was astounding :) Looking forward to more!
serpentskiss
Jan. 11th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
Great story. I love what you did with them. I gave both sisters makeovers in my game but left them as adults.
w_sims
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
I loved it! It's great to see the Calientes younger and a little more innocent, I thought all the fountain shots were great! :)
katee412
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
I adored this and can't wait to see more of your portrayal of the Caliente sisters :D
doda_lani
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Well awesome story, love it. <3

But can u please share that awesome park, PLEASE<3 :)
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Sure! First, I'll have to see if the creators of the statues and flowers allow their stuff to be shared, but I'll try and put it up eventually.
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morkmork
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
This was great! Definitely friend-ing you so I can keep up with this story. :D
alexxschmidt
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I truly love it.
flambajamba
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
I knew this would be great when you first shared the other pictures and you didn't disappoint. Great story and amazing pictures. The attention to detail is incredible and you give Nina and Dina depth. I enjoy relating to them as more than a money hungry gold digger and Slutty McSlutterson. Great job and I am so looking forward to seeing more of this.I'm friending you so I can keep up.
sheerfreesia007
Jan. 11th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
This was amazing! I love premade stories and you've done wonderfully with the girls. Can't wait for more!
dhearest
Jan. 11th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to see you take their personalities in to account. Writers often build them based solely on their aspiration. Sims are more than their aspiration and I'm so happy to see you take not of that. I really enjoyed this and I can't wait to read more:D
allisas
Jan. 11th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, your incredibly creative! The posing is extraordinary and the pictures lovely. You a really good writer too and I love the maxis match style you use. Don't mind if I befriend you do you? I'd really like to follow your story!
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'd love it if you friended me!
petchy_14
Jan. 11th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
This was REALLY good, a great story and also amazing pictures, too - I eagerly await for more :)
simtopi
Jan. 11th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to leave a comment for the last hour or so. LJ is being evil to me. >.<

Anyway, I seriously LOVE the Caliente sisters and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your interpretation of them. You've made them true to their characters and not just clones of eachother. I didn't realize they made it to TS3 (?) but I like your prequel better. :)

LOL @ the Unsavoury Charlatan! &heart;
engram_au
Jan. 14th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
They're in Barnacle Bay, the TS3 Store pay hood.
lolawastamed
Jan. 11th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Okay. The picture where Nina punched the pickpocket (Unsavory Charlatan!) was bad ass. Also where the sisters kind of peeked around the bookshelf.
AAAHHH I LOVE IT! :D
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The punch was the hardest picture to do. I had to figure out whether to show the impact or the result of the impact (the latter worked much better, I thought.) I've also been looking for an excuse to set up that Scooby Doo peeking pose for a long time.
yeahyeahjess
Jan. 11th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I just love this! I'm in love with your pictures and posing!! Seeing the two girls peek around the corner of the bookcase just made me day. Also, Nina punching the thief was just...win. I love the differences between the girls and I'm hooked. :D

Also, if I can ask, how did you achieve Dina's expression in this picture? It's the most adorable expression I've seen.
http://i.imgur.com/8biPy.jpg
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
If you use a posebox that "permanently" poses a sim (as opposed to making the pose an action) in tandem with Jaydee's loading screen posebox, it will overlay just the facial expressions without changing the pose. This also works for the facial animations from the Hula Mod. I don't know if anyone else uses this technique, it's something I just discovered! Dina's expression is photobooth-solo-romance 2.

Edited at 2011-01-11 11:06 pm (UTC)
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kizzy_sims
Jan. 11th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic. I am LOVING the way you're writing this, please keep it going xD The poses, scenery, characters, just everything was amazing :D Would adore to be able to write/pose as well as you!!
midare_shinami
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
This is great! I'm really enjoying the dynamic between Nina and Dina, and their personalities. It's cute to see them getting along so well, even if they're completely different. And that screnshot with Nina punching the Charlatan while Dina is all *innocent smirk c:* is the best, if it were bigger I would make it my new desktop. :D I can't wait to read more!
logicaster
Jan. 11th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Kind of being a broken record here, but that was fantastic. That's some of the best posing work I've ever seen. Two thumbs up and a gold star for you :P
skellington7d
Jan. 11th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm always happy to get comments! Thank you!
just_jasper
Jan. 11th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
That was great :) I loved the posing and the interaction of the fountain scene, and the girls peeking around the bookshelf together was adorable and hilarious XD
ace_kay
Jan. 11th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is any way I can fully explain how much I really enjoyed this story. The dynamic between Dina and Nina brought a smile to my face, and I like the fact that you aren't portraying them as gold digging harpies. Looking forward to more! :)

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