So, life is coming to an end for Cora, who had an (almost) epic long life before I changed the lifespan and began this legacy. I’ll miss her terribly, but it really is time for her to go. I’ll tell her story in short (“short” as in long chapter but only one chapter instead of 10) It will only be a recap of what happened, so no great writing.
MILD SIM NUDITY WITHOUT NIPPLES IS TO BE EXPECTED IN THIS CHAPTER
“Cora, can you stand still please, I have to paint your picture according to our family traditions.”
“Must we really?”
“Yes.” (“Frankly, I’d rather paint my desk”, Callum thought to himself.)
(They disliked each other in game for some reason.)
Meet Cora Corona, third heir in my original pinstar legacy. She’s perceptive, grumpy, angler & outdoorsy.
And this is her younger sister Tulip, honestly I don’t remember her traits, but I think
attention whore, snob, good, star quality & family oriented.
They don’t get along at all.
I think their dreams sum up their personalities nicely: Cora dreams of flying a broom stick…
And Tulip dreams of diamonds.
Awkward ride together to the last prom. They actually ride a pink limo daily, because their mum Bee is a rock star. Ignore hand through dress.
Tulip is certain she’ll be voted prom queen, and so is the girl behind her, thinking about her already obviously. And congrats on not wearing a terrible outfit, unknown babysitter, unless that’s your “formal wear”, in that case:
However, the school has had a successful anti-bullying campaign and encouraged the students to vote for a king and queen with the best personalities, so Cora is voted queen instead ( OK ignore grumpy trait please). When she receives the crown while still burnt from an unsuccessful lab experiment, everyone is cheering. She thinks the whole king & queen drama is way over-rated but enjoys it nevertheless.
Tulip is furious and leaves the dance early – she stays outside the school to play the guitar and attract the local paparazzi. As long as they’re still taking pictures, she plays, and stays out long after curfew.
Finally home at 4 am, she still refuses to congratulate Cora on her win. The tension between them worsens from here on.
They say that opposites attract, and that’s the case with Cora and George Curious (tee-hee, yes I named him, a homage to all the other punny names in the Curious family). George is determined to make it to the top before he’s 30, and Cora, well, she’s an A student but she prefers to do weird lab experiments just for the heck of it.
The Curiouses and the Coronas are tight since Bunny & Bee were classmates, and they were in the same band until Bunny died from an overdose. She wasn’t an addict, she just partied too hard one unfortunate night. Tana was only 20 at the time and George was 13. Bee often comes to check on them to see that they’re OK.
Cora has had a crush on George since forever, but she hasn’t had the nerve to tell him.
At some point, it is inevitable.
It takes all her courage but she finally dares to kiss him.
George has already had a short fling with Tulip, which didn’t exactly lead anywhere, but still, it is complicated.
(Autonomously, he did, and it actually didn’t lead anywhere. They had each other as romantic interests with a very low relationship.)
He’s falling for Cora, but at the same time he knows they are very different. Tulip would be a much better match, but still it didn’t really click between them.
THE LOVE I FEEL FOR THAT AWKWARD LITTLE DANCE, IT IS IN PINK CAPS
Bee comes over with sushi one Sunday as usual (she often brings takeaway for the siblings, to talk about the week), and when Cora has left the room she “subtly” encourages George to take it down a notch, at least until they graduate. She knows Cora could drop everything for him and she doesn’t like the effect he has on her, especially with SATs coming up.
(We don’t have those here so I’m sorry if I’m using it wrong, I figured you’d have to take it last year in high school? Foreign school systems are a mystery to me. So are proms.)
Cora doesn’t like it, but she is rational and thinks that maybe it is for the best- just for a while. She is still 100 % focused on him, while George on the other hand has doubts about how realistic their relationship is in the long run.
She keeps trying though.
Cora never finds out, at least not until many years after.
Recognize this guy? No? Well, it’s Quentin Kettin, Cora’s next door neighbour.
Quentin is all that – artistic AND a genius, friendly and loves a good party. He’s also gay.
Honestly Cora never even thought of him “that way”, they are just really close friends.
They usually don’t talk about their feelings much, that’s not their style. If Cora ever talks about love and crap like that, it’s usually with her berry friend Green Leaf, he’s more the touchy-feely type.
(Quentin’s & Albin’s breakup was a godsend. There were no available men left for Cora in Twinbrook who wasn’t evil, and she was approaching middle age. She snatched him up the same day. It would have been him or a test tube baby.)
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Cora throws her 18th birthday party at the Red Rendezvous and since she’s a celebrity it is a great success (that seems to help?), although everyone is bored and hungry and tapping their foot, as per usual.
I don’t know why Tulip is throwing a fit, perhaps because she’s not the center of attention.
Quentin looks dapper, if somewhat overdressed. Since George has to “be somewhere”, she and Quentin dance all night.
After graduation, George goes to Simingham Business School and Cora opens her own small private investigation firm in Twinbrook. They decide that maybe it is best to put their whatever-it-is on ice again, since none of them believe in long distance relationships. Especially not George.
When they reunite, they realize they still have feelings for each other.
George rises quickly through the ranks and Cora doesn’t see much of him. It is business meetings, lunches with clients, breakfast with potential buyers, travels.. and also probably other women, but Cora doesn’t dare to ask, since they aren’t exclusive.
She loses her virginity at ca 26 in his shower.
Seriously I hate that song, but I had to.
At least she’s in a good mood that night.
“I have no nipples but gee I’m so happy!”
Someone’s pleased with himself.
This picture breaks my heart a little, knowing what will happen next.
Cora goes to sleep, thinking George will come to bed soon. Except he stays up all night, staring out the window and brooding over their relationship, and then finally goes to sleep in his old nursery, alone.
Cora wakes when she hears the shower run in the bathroom next door. She immediately realizes she has slept alone.
“You look lovely. Thank you for yesterday, I have to go to work now unfortunately but there’s waffles for you downstairs.”
He doesn’t kiss her – not even on the cheek – when he leaves.
Then it finally dawns upon her that this relationship isn’t going anywhere. It is strange, because it truly feels like he loves her, at least sometimes.
And then the insecurities set in. Isn’t she pretty enough, is it something about her nose, her glasses, her lips, her body? Does she smell, is she boring? Does her laugh sound weird? Is she too needy or too aloof? Is she bad in bed (or in this case, in the shower)?
She leaves his house feeling really bad about herself. Had it only been a one night stand, that would have been one thing, but he seems to really care about her, but he still doesn’t want to have a steady relationship – WHY?
They still see each other, because she can’t resist. Sometimes it feels like they really are a couple, and sometimes she feels like a cheap mistress or just his “buddy”. Other people begin to notice and wonder what the hell is going on between them.
She’s determined to give an ultimatum – either we make this official or we break it off for good.
But when she sees him walk with confident steps and wave to colleagues inside the building, she loses her nerve.
He is more in love with his career than he will ever be with her, perhaps with anyone.
She just stands there and stares at a random window for a long while, thinking that it could be his office – she has no idea what it looks like inside or which room is his. It’s like spying on “the other woman”. What does she look like? Why is she better than me?
Well, I decided that in the story George would have commitment issues (even if it wasn’t in his traits), but I didn’t realize he was actually having not one but TWO affairs. And one of the women finds out about Cora at a party!
Here he’s trying to make some lame excuse why it’s OK to cheat on vampires. Because they’re “vamps” themselves, and that true vampires don’t have a concept of fidelity.
Well, this vamp isn’t amused by that theory!
She’s not having it, and she’s not afraid to tell him either.
I don’t remember her name but she’s a dramatic, snobby stylist. His type I guess.
Vampires take “storming out” to a whole new level of drama.
Yeah yeah you’re pissed George, but what did you expect? Don’t mess with immortals, they hold a very long grudge.
Aw. I did feel bad for her, even if she isn’t the nicest person around. Look at those sad lilac eyes.
The higher George climbs on the corporate ladder, the more obscure places he meets Cora at. When he finally breaks it off, they are in the shack at the junk yard. Cora is too innocent/too eccentric to realize he doesn’t want to be seen with her anymore.
She also has no clue about his other women – probably for the better. Perhaps because she’s always fishing and not socializing much, I don’t know. But she’s very upset that he wants to break up.
He tries to explain to her that their lifestyles are much too different already and are going to be even more different in the future.
Cora pleads desperately, and tells him that she loves him.
“Don’t make this any harder than it already is”. Essentially George is looking for either a trophy wife, a mistress or two who aren’t too demanding, or a businesswoman who is as ambitious as himself. He loves a challenge, and now when he has figured Cora out, she isn’t as interesting to him anymore. He knows it’s a shitty thing to feel, but that’s who he is.
As a last resort, Cora mocks his ambition and tells him businessmen are all stupid suits with no moral compass, who would do anything for money.
“Come on Cora, is that the best you can do? After all these years we’ve been friends?”
Then she begins to cry instead and George has to console her.
He feels bad for her, but he knows it’s the right thing to do – they have nothing in common, only chemistry. The only thing he regrets is that he let it go on for so long.
“Cheer up, girl, you can do better than me anyway”, he jokes, knowing full well he’s the most eligible bachelor in Twinbrook.
Cora doesn’t answer, so George takes his chance to leave. He has a late night meeting with some potential partners from Shang Simla who want to see the sights (ha-ha, sights in Twinbrook) and try the cocktails at the Red Rendezvous.
She knew in her heart that it was coming, so why does she feel like this? It’s like the sky comes crashing down on her. She didn’t even know it was possible to feel so crushed and still continue breathing.
She spends the night in the dirty little shack, because she can’t face Tulip and the rest of the family. It’s not just the sadness, she also feels like a complete failure, wasting all those years, waiting and hoping that they would take it to the next level.
We all know how that went, but she made a really good effort and didn’t date for 10+ years. Meanwhile, her sister moved out and started dating George. I didn’t realize it was him until they were married and had two kids – like I said, Cora and Tulip weren’t close, either in the story or in the game, so they didn’t exactly meet up to chat. Some weird genetic glitch made George’s and Tulips children all white and look nothing like their dad, so had I written the whole story about Tulip & Cora, I would have created an ex-husband who were the kids’ real father. And he would have been abusive to Tulip, which is mentioned briefly in an earlier chapter. Anyhow, George was the main conflict between Cora & Tulip, even if there were also several others.
Q&A: was it wrong for Tulip to marry Cora’s ex-not-even-boyfriend-but-great-love? Perhaps, but Tulip was too self-absorbed to realize how much George really meant to Cora, and Cora was too quiet about it. And after Tulip’s initial advances in high school, she did wait several years before she started dating him. Or in game actually not, but in the story, since there had to be an ex-husband as well. Stupid genetics! Is it wrong to date a sibling’s or a friend’s ex that many years later? I don’t know, but it’s a little weird. Then again, it’s a small town and George is pretty hot. Not sure if I can blame her.
Can we all take a moment and marvel over the fact that his mother was Bunny Curious:
Where did those ears go, for one? Weird. Don’t remember who was dad.
So Cora never really got over George, in a way, but in another way she did, because she got married and had the twins and moved to
Iceland Fharhond. I love Quentin but I never thought their relationship was that passionate, it was more like a deep friendship. And then there were some rocky years because of Declan’s mental illness, of course, but I doubt George had handled that any better than Quentin did.
George fulfilled his LTW to become a CEO of a mega corporation. Don’t know if he became a power broker as well, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Tulip was a scientist, medium level. Maebe lost interest in fashion and became something of a hippy who wanted to collect lots of small animals and live off the land. She grew up very pretty, even prettier than Tulip & Cora. Her brother Jared married a berry, either the grandchild or niece of Green Leaf – Guadalupe née Leaf, married name Corona – and moved into a gypsy trailer with her. They were both musicians. And then my save became so large it was unplayable and that was it. The end.
It would have been more fun to connect the Curious family tree with the Coronas than to marry the townie neighbour, but then Damon wouldn’t be Damon and Declan wouldn’t be Declan! 🙂 So I’m not sorry, even if George was a more dynamic character – and obviously more of an asshole, but that’s not a minus when you’re trying to write a story IMO. I just sometimes think “what if..” Btw, I later realized George had offspring all over town that looked like him – I counted to three illegitimate children. It would be seriously weird to play an old save of Cora and pollinate her with George and see what kind of kid they would have and then plop the offspring on some lot on Fharhond. But I think we have enough Corona genetics as it is.