Hi everyone, it’s been a hot minute since I posted here. I’m still working on setting up my TS3 game for the next story in Kass’ series. In the meantime, I have some fun questions given to me by members of my Freezer Bunnies Reading Circle over on the forums. I was going to answer everything over on the forums, but then it got a bit carried away so I’m sharing here for all my readers. I sent my TS3 Simself to be the snoopy reporter and ask questions of this delightful cast.
Disclaimer: The answers are given based on where said reading circle is at in KCLKF (up through Arc 12 or chapter 1.33). Really mild spoilers if you haven’t read that far. Oh and a bit of breaking-the-fourth-wall humor. Shout-out to all my reading circle peeps (you’re all mentioned below somewhere). Minor edit… apologies to Duvelina for not crediting her correctly.
It’s a beautiful morning in Sunset Valley, Valverde. The world appears to be peaceful as it is just after the morning rush hour. You can hear the low roar of ocean waves crashing against the soft sandy beaches and sweet sounds of swallows as they gather their families for the juicy gossip on the telephone wires. No, not our gossip. Theirs. You know – like did you hear that Chirpy McChatterbox was heard making amorous ticking sounds toward Hooty Howlin’ near the movie theater last weekend? 😉
While there are some clouds in sight, the skies are bright and beautiful. Nothing can beat that tranquil blue! I pause for a moment to drink in the sites, trying to ignore the Altos hideous Pepto-Bismol pink house on the hill. Tossing my empty paper cup into the trash, I pop a mint to avoid coffee breath and head toward Central Park in downtown.
I caught up with the star of The
Krazy Crazy Life of Kassiopeia Fullbright. We met on a park bench near the pond. I have to say it is a unique experience chatting with a character I’ve created.
Lizzie: Hey Kass. Thanks for making time for this.
Kass: Sure. It’s an honor to chat with you, Lizzie.
Lizzie: No, the honor is mine. You’ve really brought my vision to life, and you’ve had some excellent input of your own . You’ve really taken charge of your life.
Kass: (smiles shyly) Wow… really? Um… that’s great to… hear. I haven’t been too sure… about a lotta things lately.
Lizzie: Well, let’s dive right in. Hope you don’t mind the cameras.
Kass: Not at all. I’m kinda used to them by now.
Lizzie: Really? They’re kinda weird for me. (clears throat) Okay… so first question is from ajmkv, writer and host of the popular competitive reality TV show, Kev & Get It.
Kass: Wow! He is a KCLKF fan? Love that show. Ayesh and I watch it almost as religiously as Specific Hospital.
Lizzie: (smirks) I know. I can’t get enough of the juicy juicy drama.
Kass: (tilts head) Really? You strike me as more of a thriller and suspense kind-of gal.
Lizzie: (grins sheepishly) Guilty pleasure. Actually… if I’m being honest… a pleasure, pleasure. Not guilty at all. I also like a good fantasy. You should check out Tales from Camelot. Fantasy mixed with some excellent suspense.
Kass: (pulls out her phone) Bookmarking it now.
Lizzie: Alright… the questions – ajmkv says, “A lot happened to you in these (most recent) Arcs. Lots of emotion, both negative and positive. Trying to stay positive, what is it that you’re most looking forward to in the next few days?”
Her expression brightens. She looks relieved by the question. Her face lights up with a smile and a flush creeps into her cheeks.
Kass: I… I’m really happy with my new boyfriend. His name is Davis, as you know. I couldn’t have gotten through what I did recently without him.
Lizzie: He did seem to help out a lot, especially during that harrowing night at your house.
Kass: Yeah… that mess… (laughs awkwardly) I’m just hoping for some down-time… baseball-free… with Davis.
Lizzie: Next question is from MercuryFoam of the exciting supernatural thriller, Between 2 Worlds.
Kass: (places hand on her stomach and gasps) Cool! I had no idea so many writers were into my story. And Between 2 Worlds is awesome!
Lizzie: (smiles) I know how much you like crime stories.
Kass: Are you kidding? I have a huge collection back at the house. I don’t have enough bookcases.
Lizzie: Tell me about it. I think I need a whole room devoted to my behemoth library.
We both laugh lightly, completely at ease with one another. I couldn’t imagine a better person to carry out this story near and dear to my heart.
Lizzie: Actually whoops! Didn’t read my notes correctly. Sorry about that. Duvelina asks, “Do you know what you want to study in college already?”
Kass: (cracks her knuckles) Heh… you’d think I would’ve made up my mind by now, right? I’m a down-to-the-wire kinda girl, you know.
Lizzie: Yes, I do. (points to self) Fatal flaw.
Kass: Yeah. I thought about business like Nonno. Though flipping houses isn’t exactly what I’m thinking. Maybe something like business… law? I don’t know. (bites lower lip) Is that too ambitious?
Lizzie: Not at all. If you put your mind to it.
Kass: Thanks. I also thought about communications like you, or writing. I think I did pretty good at writing for the school paper. And I guess I could always teach.
Lizzie: Duvelina also asks… wow! I really didn’t read that right. Must not have had enough coffee this morning. Not a morning person.
Kass: Go by the Jolt later. Granny Jade will fix you up.
Lizzie: Thanks. Okay. Duvelina’s question – “Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years? How do you feel about moving away from Sunset Valley for college?”
Kass: (smiles and scrunches her nose) Yeah, everyone’s kinda asking me that now days. Standard adult question I guess.
Lizzie: Something like that.
Kass: I can definitely answer that last one. I am excited, but also nervous. I’ve wanted to go to Edgewater for the last four years of my life. Nonno is an alumnus and so is Davis. (flushes again) A lot of important people have graduated from there, and the town is home to my favorite Sim National football team.
Lizzie: (pumps fist in the air) Go Saints!
Kass: I’m a little worried I’ll miss my friends… and my sisters… (expression sobers) Especially my sisters. I know how much they… uh… need me. But um… (rubs head) Five to ten years. That’s a long way out. I don’t know what I’m gonna have for dinner tomorrow night or where I might be crashing on the weekend. A lot’s going on around here. I don’t know if I can… answer that. I mean, did you know what you wanted when you were my age?
Lizzie: (stops and thinks for a minute) I had ideas… I planned on studying communications. I bounced around for a bit in college and came back to communications. No. I guess I didn’t know where I saw myself in five to ten years after college. Sure didn’t expect to be where I am now, but I’m blessed.
Lizzie: I can give you some advice. Don’t be afraid to experiment. To try new things and different things. Find a mentor. Someone who can help you talk through what you want, your interests, the future. Don’t worry too much about the people you leave behind. This is your time. Enjoy your uni years. They go by quick. Sometimes it takes awhile to know what you want. You’ll figure it out, Kass. I believe in you.
Kass: Thank you.
Lizzie: I couldn’t ask for a better leading lady.
Kass: (puts hand to heart) I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
Next I headed to Papyrus Memorial Library. Andi was there, studying. She pulled out her earbuds when I arrived.
Lizzie: What are you listening to?
Andi: Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of Flowers from The Nutcracker. (smiles) It helps me concentrate. It’s early, but I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures.
Lizzie: Hey, no judging here. Today’s pretty nice though.
Andi: Really? (looks out the window) I’ve been cooped up in here for awhile. I saved up simos to get a laptop, but our internet at home is snail’s pace so I came here.
Lizzie: You can’t be studying, can you? School’s out.
Andi: Summer school. I’m taking Calc I and II just to get them over with.
Lizzie: (clicks her tongue) Ah. Math!
Andi: It’s not so bad. It’s actually kinda fun.
Lizzie: (laughs) Says you… that’s cool you saved up for a laptop.
Andi: Yeah, the next thing I want to do is save up to visit Liz Ridley’s restaurant in Brindleton Bay. That’ll be a good chunk of moula.
Lizzie: Oh, she and I share the same name. And yes, I’ve heard her food is to die for! Okay, hey, the reason I’m here is your fans have asked some questions.
Andi: You mean someone likes my music?
Lizzie: Sort of. It’s from ajmkv: “What’s it like to be so wise? Tell me your secrets, queen!”
Andi: (throws hands in the air) Uh…. what? I’m not… wise… (blushes deeply) not like… wait… really? Someone said that about me?
Lizzie: (smiles and nods)
Andi: (gasps and gulps) Uh my secrets? I dunno… I’m just me…
Andi: (stands up abruptly and looks at her naked wrist) Uh… (forces a laugh) Would you look at the time? I just remembered I have brunch plans.
Lizzie: What about the question?
Andi: I don’t even know how to answer that. (quickly gathers her personal items and makes an exit)
Next I managed to catch Ayesha walking out of Sharma Day Spa.
Lizzie: Hey girl!
Ayesha: (turns and grins) Hey Liz, what’s up?
Lizzie: Oh not too much. Staying busy. Working a lot. Trying to keep up with the fans.
Ayesha: Sounds rough. What can I do you for?
Lizzie: Ajmkv would like to know: “WHERE ARE YOU, GIRL? I miss you!” (arches her brows) Ooo… I hope I did that right. I think I was practically screaming.
Ayesha: (smiles and scrunches her face) Aww I miss you too… wait… who are you?
Lizzie: Ajmkv. He’s one of your fans.
Ayesha: Right… (strikes a pose) oh I’ve got so many fans. It’s hard to keep track. And where have I been? (runs hand through her hair) I just got a lip piercing. What do ya think?
Ayesha: So did I like forget to give him my digits or something?
Lizzie: I think he means since Kass is busy with Davis and family drama, and then the break-in that happened the other night.
Ayesha: Oh my gawd! What break-in? I gotta go call Kass. Seriously, you holding out on me, Liz?
Lizzie: (winces) Not intentionally.
Ayesha: Oh and if you see my Mama… you never saw (points at her mouth) This! Or my… uh… (looks down) crop top… or ripped jeans… actually… (lifts finger) better say you didn’t see me.
Lizzie: (pretends to zip lips) Your secret is safe with me. And it looks fab!
Ayesha: (runs away and waves) Thanks, girl! Oh and feel free to give ajmkv my digits. He can call anytime.
Since it was lunchtime, I headed across the street to load up on the greasy goodness of Hogan’s Deep-Fried Diner. Two words. Mozzarella balls. Take it from me. Try the Ranch. Not the marinara.
As I approach Gage, I recognize the two ladies he’s talking to as Molly French and River McIrish. The teen is carrying sweet baby Sandi.
Gage: Yes, and I just got accepted to Northwestern in Windy City.
Lizzie: (pumps fist in the air and jumps up and down) Whoo! Whoo! Go Wiley Wildcats!
Gage: (arches a brow) Uh yeah! Wildcats!
Lizzie: Sorry I’m in a school spirit mood today.
Molly: And you are?
Gage: This is Lizzie. We go way back. She gave me a chance in The
Krazy Crazy Life…
Lizzie: Yeah, Gage was the first character to crash my story. And I let him.
Molly and River laugh awkwardly. They say goodbye. Now’s my chance to ask Gage some questions.
Lizzie: Ah, bless you. Someone is thinking of you. Which is perfect… I have questions for you from fans.
Lizzie: First up from MercuryFoam – “You were determined to get to know your roots better, but when you confessed to Kass, you told her you were alright with staying put and not pursuing your studies in… was it Riverview?”
Gage: (interrupts) No, Windy City! How could you forget? I’ve only wanted to go to Northwestern my whole life!
Lizzie: Uh… I’m not finished. (continues reading) “Anyway, what made you suddenly realise your feelings for Kass and I must say it’s surprisingly strong if you could make that comment. So I’d like if you could explain that part too.”
Gage: (blushes) Oh yeah, well, I’ve known Kass for a really long time. She was my first friend in Sunset Valley, and the only kid who was kind to me at church and school. Kid… haha. We’re adults now.
Gage: (lifts hand) I think it was when we went to homecoming together last October. I don’t know. I’d never looked at her that way before, but she was beautiful. And well… (scratches back of head) I think I’ve always cared about her. I just didn’t really realize it until I knew we were both gonna be apart. I do want to meet my family and stuff, but I’d like to have some nice memories with Kass before she leaves and I leave. You know… and I think, we could be really good together. And sometimes people can make long distance work, right?
Lizzie: Next question from ajmkv – “What do you think of Madison? Or you at all interested in her? Or could you be if Kass said no to your advances?”
Gage: (waves arms) Wait… Kass said no?
Lizzie: I didn’t say that. Uh… she hasn’t answered you yet.
Gage: Why would she say no?
Lizzie: Gage, did you miss the question?
Gage: She isn’t going to say no is she?
Lizzie: (sighs and puts hands toward her chest) Gage, focus. The question. Madison???
Unfortunately, Gage wandered off muttering under his breath about calling Kass. Uh oh! I may have lit a fuse too early. It didn’t matter. After that deep-fried lunch, I was in the mood to work off some calories. I headed to 28-Hour Wellness Gym and ran into none other than Davis. He shyly told me he didn’t feel comfortable swimming in the Riviera’s pool so he worked out here at the public gym.
Davis: Hi Lizzie. It’s good to see you.
Kass: Yeah, good to see you too. I have a question for you from ajmkv.
Davis: Is that one of the guys who hangs out in the coffee shop?
Kass: A virtual reading circle actually.
Davis: Okay. Shoot.
Kass: Ajmkv asks – “What about Kass do you like the most so far? We’ve all noticed you staring at her in her swimsuit, at her luscious red hair, and her pretty face, but what would you pick as her best attribute?”
Davis: Oh a gentleman never kisses and tells.
Lizzie: This isn’t about kissing. (suddenly a little flustered***) Who said anything about kissing?
Davis: I think it’s a bit personal, but I’ll say this… Kass is more than her beauty. She’s a kind and intelligent woman who goes above and beyond for the people she cares about. I really like and admire her for that. And she’s close with her family. It’s really beautiful to watch. I’m not sure about her mom though. She’s… it’s not my place to judge actually.
Lizzie: So her best… attribute? (wondering if it’s hot in here all the sudden – all that pool humidity)
Davis: Definitely the way she takes care of others.
I made a quick exit, suddenly feeling weird about shapes randomly appearing above my head. What next? Thought bubbles!
Before heading to the Fullbright-Riviera home, I had one more spot in downtown – Community School for the Gifted. Maybe I could take take a cool dip in the school pool. But before that, I poked my head into the janitor’s closet. Just to take a quick look around.
Lizzie: Ah ha! Found you!
Clark: (startled, drops hands in lap) Don’t sneak up on a person like that, Liz.
Lizzie: Sorry. Uh hey… ajmkv would like to know – “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU SNEAKY SAUSAGE?” (rubs throat) Oh, that’s hard on the voicebox. Do you have any water?
Clark: (looks confused) Sneaky? Sau-sage? (crosses arms and spins around on his stool) No, I’m not even going to dignify that with an answer.
I head over to the Fullbright-Riviera residence. Carina is just getting home from her afternoon shift at the movies. She picked up a second summer job at Wilsonoff Community Theater, saving money for some concert tickets that she and her bestie want to attend. She motions to the adjacent lounge chair. As I sit down, I notice Cari was kind enough to bring us snacks.
Cari: Andi said you were in town.
Lizzie: Thanks for the soda.
Cari: What? No popcorn!
Lizzie: No… yuck! No offense. But I hate butter popcorn.
Cari: (sighs) You and Kass both.
Lizzie: Carina, will you get off the phone so I can ask you a question?
Cari: And you’re not gonna believe it, Lisa! We had an INTRUDER! Twice. I thought I would lose my mind, but Kass like tore off after the guy like a mamma bear protecting cubs. I thought she’d break her ankle running down that hill. Oh and Kass’ new guy is really cool. He stayed and made sure we were all okay.
Cari: Wait, omg! I didn’t tell you. Yeah, Kass is dating this dish. He’s super hot and…
Lizzie: (clears throat) CARINA!
Cari: (turns around and glares) Oh, gotta go Lisa. Somebody’s in need of something… I know… again.
Lizzie: (shakes head)
Cari: What is it? Make it snappy. I’m in demand.
Lizzie: Do you mind answering a question from a reader?
Cari: Make it quick. I got things to do. Namely like have you heard the dish on the Villareals lately? It may be a work of fiction, but I don’t care. This is juicy stuff. I, for one, want to know if Hugo is ever going to find out what’s going on with Nelson.
Lizzie: (giggles) I wonder that too, but Cari, focus, girl. Okay… ajmkv would like to know… “Are you upset that you’ve had to take a caretaking role in your household? Buying the groceries and things like that, I mean. Do you wish Kass and/or Andi should help out a little bit more or do you not mind doing these things?”
Cari: (rolls eyes) Like for reals? I am invaluable around here and I put in soooooo much effort and do I ever get thanked for it? Like no… like never!
Lizzie: Cari that wasn’t the question.
Cari: I know, right? So I wish my sisters wouldn’t be so obsessed with their boy toys, but whachagonnado? They’re at that age. (looks at her nails)
Lizzie: (beneath her breath) You’re at that age!
Cari: I guess I have to live vicariously through my magazines. Hugo. He’s got a lot of loving, but man, is he nice to look at!
Lizzie: (looks away thinking about her “weird” connection earlier) Uh….
Cari: Okay, I’ll say this. (straightens in seat) Kass isn’t half bad and she does do stuff… sometimes. (glares) But don’t tell her I said that!
The day and my questions are drawing to a close. Cari told me that her mamma was most likely sleeping all day again, even though it was nearly four in the afternoon. I hesitated when I heard sniffling.
Amy: (muffled) What? Who is it? Go away?
Lizzie: Amy, it’s me. Lizzie. I have some questions from readers for you.
Amy: (gasps) Readers? Is that like some cult thing? Palm readers? Mind readers? Not interested.
Lizzie: No… not a cult. A club. Or a circle. That is… uh readers… like people who read stories, you know?
Amy: Not now, Lizzie. I’m not decent. Um… and why are they reading about me?
Lizzie: Are you willing to answer their questions?
Amy: Like what?
Lizzie: Let’s start with something light and fun. Mercuryfoam asks: “Sorry for super personal and intrusive question, but am I right to assume Clark the first man you’ve been with since Howard?”
Amy: (straightens immediately) That is very personal. Yes. He’s the first man I’ve dated since my ex.
Lizzie: Okay, continuing… “Why do you find him attractive? (Besides his accent and guitar playing ofc).”
Amy: What accent? (sighs and rubs her face) I’m getting a headache. Can you hurry this up?
Lizzie: But you didn’t answer the question.
Amy: I don’t know why this is important. I’m tired. I need to get some things done today. Okay uh… (shakes head) Clark takes good care of me. And my girls. They don’t see that yet, but he does and he will. He’s a good man. They just need to give him a chance.
Lizzie: Not exactly the answer I was looking for, but that’s better than nothing. Okay, next question. ajmkv asks: “What was running through your mind after THAT confrontation with Andi? Was it like your body took over?”
Amy: (softly starts crying)
Lizzie: (sighs and silently leans into the wall) Amy, are you okay?
Amy: (snaps) I don’t have to justify myself to you! Or to anyone! Oh! (covers her face)
Lizzie: Amy, will you let me in?
After what feels like eternity, Amy opens the door and lets me walk into the bedroom. She explains that it’s very plain right now because she’s redecorating. A minimalist. I guess I hit the set later on in the story. I don’t really pay any attention to the surroundings. I’m more concerned about the woman who is obviously in pain.
Amy: I’m so ashamed. I hit my own daughter. Now they all hate me and they’ll probably never come back. Oh what have I done?
Lizzie: Hey now… it’s okay. Cari is actually out on the porch.
Amy: She is? Oh… don’t let her see me. I’m a terrible mother.
Lizzie: (sighs) I’m not a mother unless you count four cats.
Amy: (peeks out from behind her hand) You have four cats?
Lizzie: (half-smiles and sits on the bed) Yeah, but the point is, I’m not a mother so I don’t fully understand the pressure you’re under, but I know it’s a lot. And I think you’re trying and maybe someone like Clark is…try-ing… to help ease the burden, hmm?
Amy: Yeah, he is pretty helpful. The girls don’t know it yet, but he’s really good with kids. Kind. Patient. A good provider. I… miss… that around here. I feel like I’ve slowly lost myself over the years and he’s helping me come back. And now I just lost it last night when someone violated our home, and I was scared. I wasn’t thinking.
Lizzie: You were concerned and scared last night. I get it.
Amy: (buries her face in her hands) That’s no excuse for violence. My mamma never hit me.
Lizzie: I’m sure the girls will forgive you.
Amy: (whispers) I hope so.
Lizzie: It’s gonna be okay, Amy. You’ll work things out with them in time.
Amy: Isn’t that a spoiler?
Lizzie: (smirks and looks at her shoes) Yeah, maybe it is. I don’t care. I think it’s okay to give the readers some hope.
Amy: (hugs herself) Yeah, alright. Hey, you wanna stay for dinner?
Lizzie: What’s for dinner?
Lizzie: (laughs) Sure, I’ve heard all about Amy’s famous burnt waffles.
Author Notes: That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for reading. Feel free to send more questions if you like. What other things would you like to see? Would you like to see more interviews? More of my TS3 Simselfie running around? A sneak peek at my character and townie makeovers? Shorts in the KCLKF world? I’m enjoying messing around in my game.