Monday, March 31, 2014

Ch. 1.14: Crux-Pollynation

Polaris wakes up early in the morning, before the sun has even risen. Her nausea has been replaced by ravenous hunger. She opens the fridge door, but is quickly overwhelmed by the smell of rotten food—some leftovers have gone bad. She spins around and rushes to the bathroom.

When’s the last time I’ve cleaned this thing, Polaris wonders as she rests against the toilet. She’s feeling too faint to stand up. I’ll have to go to the corner store and get a test, she decides, I need to make sure before I tell Crux. She is certain she's pregnant, though she half-hopes the test confirms otherwise.


Light-years away from Lucky Palms, Crux feels a numbness slowly leaving his body. He lifts his head slightly, his neck creaking, and his surroundings come into focus. A dusty green creature stands opposite of him, facing a rather conspicuous fireplace.

“Good, you’re awake,” the creature—male, it seems, and slender—turns around.

“I do not recall falling asleep.”

“It’d be more accurate to say you were in stasis. What would be the verb for that—you unstasised?” the man looks thoughtful for a moment, “how do you feel?”

“Where am I?” Though he is panicked, Crux’s voice is cool.

“How rude, Crux. I thought we could chat. I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.”

“Chat?” Crux shakes his head a little. It feels fuzzy, unclear, “You seem familiar, but I cannot seem to recall why.”

 “You should recall me. I was incarcerated on Alcyone for a short time, the byproduct of some wildly stupid plan—around the same time when you defected.”

“You were in the cell next to Lyra,” Crux remembers. He had hardly paid attention to the other captives at that time—his focus had solely been on Polaris.

“Yes, the belligerent one. After she knocked out the brute, I was able to escape since you had inadvertently unlocked all the cells.”

“How lucky for you,” Crux’s response is snide. He doesn't like being reminded of mistakes, even if that mistake turned out to be fortunate.

“I wasn’t counting on luck. Eni had planned it that way,” the creature shrugs.

“Eni—that woman who materialized in my quarters and encouraged me to help Polaris,” his mind is starting to focus.

“Yes, and helping your Polaris helped me. I escaped, just as Eni wanted. She was worried about Polly, too—she’s taken a shine to her—but I was her priority.”

“I was under the impression her motives were selfless.”

“What creature in the universe is truly selfless,” he laughs. It’s a cruel, hollow laugh, and it reverberates through the cavernous room.

“So I was a pawn,” Crux feels slighted, “Why did she not help you herself?”

“Pesky non-interference policies,” he scoffs, “makes it difficult if one of us is caught by an opposing force, or if one of us wants to actually do something. I had to cut through a jungle of red tape to be able to even speak to you.”

“Why is she so invested in Polaris? And why are you so interested in speaking to me?”

 “Crux,” he sighs, “This is not as pleasant as I thought it would be. My name is Xharor, by the way, thank you for asking. You really need to learn the art of polite conversation--you’re not the only person here.”

“You will have to forgive me. I am still learning the nuances of social interaction,” his response is dry.

 “Let’s cut to the chase then. You saved me, whether you meant to or not, and so I have some information for you, a fair exchange. And maybe some words of advice. You’ve been worried. You do an admirable job of keeping cool around the others, but I can see you’re anxious.”

“So you have been observing me.” It’s a statement, not a question.

“It’s my duty,” he shrugs, “We observe, but we don’t intervene—usually.”

“And what makes my case worthy of your intervention?”

“Your case isn’t noteworthy, you narcissist; I merely want to thank you for saving me. And with that, I bring you good news: You’re worried about Commander Eridanus, but he’s inconsequential. In fact, it seems like you jumped ship just in time. Alcyone is in a downward spiral.”

“Meaning?” Crux tries to maintain his cool, but he wishes his captor would hurry up and make his point clear.

“I mean that Eridanus is likely dead, or at least incapable of finding you. Eni monitors his communications and has heard nothing of him recently. She has widened her search and found that the Alcyonian government is crumbling. Apparently, in their search for resources, they’ve overextended themselves. There’s infighting and possibly a civil war. There’s violence in the streets, murder, mayhem, bombings, et cetera. All the typical revolutionary behavior. I’ve come to the conclusion, based on the evidence or lack thereof, that you and yours are safe. So, good news for a worry-wart like you.”

“Good news indeed, though I do not take joy in hearing about the decimation of my home world.”

“Hmm, yes. That bit is a little unfortunate. But,” Xharor pauses, “I have noticed you also seem to have had a confrontation with humans?”

“A human,” Crux corrects, “and it was hardly a confrontation. Polaris said she and Lyra handled it.”

“And what did she say?”

“To quote Polaris, ‘I was the good cop, Lyra was the bad cop, and we convinced that bitch to leave us alone.’”

“So Polaris doesn’t tell you everything? How interesting.”

“I feel as if you are trying to get a rise out of me,” Crux remains calm, “And it will not work. What happened with that human is of no importance. I have been monitoring various conspiracy websites, and we have not been revealed since. If what you say about Eridanus is true, we are safe and our identities remain uncompromised.”

“That brings me to my advice: I would recommend making your presence public,” Xharor says, “Fae, lycanthropes, and vampires have done so in places like Moonlight Falls and Bridgeport, and human sims have accepted them with open arms. It may be easier for you in the long run if you just admit you’re extraterrestrial.”

Crux scoffs, “Yes, they have. That is why there are a higher rate of hate groups in such areas.”

“Those groups represent fringe beliefs, Crux. Most sims are good, accepting creatures.”

“Hardly. Humans are ruled by emotion, not reason. I am surprised you do not recognize that,” Crux insists, “they could not comprehend us.”

“What is it about your people that makes you feel so superior,” Xharor raises his voice a little, “You’re hardly the pinnacle of evolution.”

“In this particular area, we are superior,” Crux shrugs.

“Whatever,” Xharor throws his hands up, “I know you have a grudge against a particular human, but you need to be more open-minded. Your current attitude is impossible, and it’s informed by your own personal bias.”

“What grudge?” Crux snorts, “He is of no significance to me.”

“Keep telling yourself that,” Xharor retorts, “it’s sad to see a great mind clouded by trivialities.”
Before Crux can respond, a phone rings. Xharor stands, “You’ll have to excuse me from this utterly delightful conversation, but I must take this.” Xharor answers the phone and speaks quietly into it as Crux silently seethes.

“Well, it appears my time with you has run out, thank the maker. I’ll be sending you back now,” Xharor snaps his fingers and everything goes white.

Crux wakes up in his bed. Birds chirp cheerfully outside his window—it’s late afternoon, or early evening. He wonders how long he’s been away.


It’s been the most agonizing three minutes of her life. She knows it’ll go by quicker if she looks away from the pregnancy test, but she can’t bring herself to do so. Slowly, little blue lines materialize. She draws in a sharp breath.

Pregnant. Pregnantpregnantpregnantpregnantpregnant. She feels panic, briefly, and then a sudden unexpected wave of happiness washes it away. I’m going to be a mother again, and Crux is going to be a father. She intuitively rubs her stomach and smiles at the thought of a tiny Crux. He’s going to make a great dad, she thinks, before cringing at the thought of Crux changing a diaper. He’ll make a better dad than Luke, at least.

She wonders how the kids will take it. Solaris is sensible; he’ll respond appropriately. She’s unsure about Elysia and Luna. They’re much closer to their father, and she hasn’t even told them about Crux. She has awhile to decide—she shouldn’t start showing anytime soon.

In the living room, the triplets are busy working on their homework. Or at least, Solaris is trying to concentrate while Luna berates her sister.

“Ever since you told Connie that Brian likes Lydia, Connie and her friends have been picking on Lydia,” Luna tries to sound urgent, but Elysia is only half paying attention to her.


“So! They’ve started sticking her head in the toilet. Lydia’s my only friend and now she’s afraid to come to school. Why do you feel the need to spread everyone’s secrets?”

 “Lydia should tell the teacher,” Solaris mumbles. He wishes his sisters would be quiet for once.

“Ugh! That’s not the point, goody-two-shoes,” Luna snaps, “Don’t you feel the least bit guilty, Elly?”

“No,” Elysia lies, “not at all. She shouldn’t try to keep secrets from me.” Guilt washes over her.

Polaris wanders down the hallway, her mind a million light-years away. Elysia looks at her mother, and in that moment Polaris is transparent. Elysia’s jaw drops.

“You’re pregnant?!” she screeches. Luna gasps.


Author’s Note: The next chapter will be more entertaining (maybe). I kind of regret including Crux's abduction because I found it difficult to fit in. I’m actually feeling meh about the abduction scene, but it allowed me to get some exposition out of the way. Really, I think the best thing about this chapter is the title (I don't care if it doesn't make sense I LOVE IT).

I fulfilled the property mogul goal. Polly is a partner in the grocery store, bookstore, and (I think) the diner. It was actually easy-peasy since collecting can be very lucrative. I also expanded the house so the triplets have separate rooms, though obviously that’s going to change soon. I began building a legacy house, but it currently costs ~200k, so there's no way they'll be able to afford it soon unless Polly robs a bank (say...that's a good idea).


  1. The title was great:) Though I wonder if Polly has a case of pregnantbrain beeing so happy. She doesn't remember how the triplets were? Or maybe she hopes for 1 this time?
    I like Xharor and his hitech phone :p

    1. Thank you! She does have a minor case of pregnantbrain, doesn't she? I think she is thinking of how nice it'll be to have a family, since she assumes Crux will be around. Also, she's hoping for 1 but I'm hoping for twins. :D

      Haha, I tried to use outdated looking props for that scene. I wanted the least high-tech stuff possible. :p

  2. I liked this chapter. It was a nice set-up. And I'm looking forward to seeing more of the triplets' reactions to finding out their mom is pregnant and hopefully finally meeting Crux. I wonder how they'll respond to him. Especially Luna since she's really close to her dad.

    1. Thank you! They will meet Crux soon. I can't put it off any longer. I have their responses planned, but who knows--lately the game has been having sims respond in ways I wouldn't imagine.

  3. Hm, the Alien confrontation was interesting, to say the least. I suppose Crux took it very calmly to say he had been abducted, and I wonder if they ever will admit that its more than just a 'skin condition'.
    I loved how Elysia knew, and its great how she found out that way. I think blurting it out was a little rude, and it probably took her siblings off guard too.
    I love certain names from the poll. I like Eris, Nebula, Nova, and Carina (At least the way I pronounce them). I have to go with planets though, like Jupiter and Eris.

    1. I think they have to at some point? It's a miracle they've made it this far.

      I think blurting it out was unintentional. I imagine that's exactly what I would have done in the same situation (you know, if I was a psychic child who found out her weird mom was pregnant).

      Nova and Nebula are definitely my favorites (and they're winning!). I'm hoping for multiples, and whenever I have twins/triplets in the game I have to give them matching names because I'm a bit neurotic. Hence the triplets having Latin names (Sun, Moon, Heavens).

      Thanks for reading!

  4. I loved the alien abduction scene! It was fantastic, especially the way Xharor was so superior and everything while also talking about how the Alcyonians think themselves superior to everyone else :)

    The cliffhanger at the end with the triplets' finding out that Polly's pregnant was also brilliant, I can't wait to find out how each of them is going to take it

    1. Thank you! Xharor is a bit of a hypocrite, isn't he? I guess the two didn't get along. I initially planned for the meeting to go much smoother, but they both made nasty faces at each other the whole time. I left out a million pictures of Crux scowling.

      I'm hoping to resolve the cliffhanger in the next chapter! I think they'll take it...well? I don't know.

  5. Well, the bee's out of the hive. I think it probably sucks a bit for Polly that her daughter has such abilities. Did they know before that Elysia could do this? Now just to wait and see how all 5 other people react (the triplets, Crux, and Luke who will finally have his suspicions confirmed).

    1. lol--the bee's out of the hive! I imagine it sucks for everyone. I think everyone knows she can do this, except maybe Luke. Nobody really talks about it though.

      Yes, everyone's reactions should be interesting!

  6. haha, I loved the title! I think the abduction scene worked very nicely, and pretty shots as usual! (seriously, you must have some of the prettiest colours in the sim community, and it's not even a rainbowcy!) Must be upsetting to find out about Alcyone though. I wonder if Eridanus is really dead? Could Pollux (LOVE THAT NAME) adapt to life in simnations forever? And if so, they should probably "come out" about being alien at some point.

    A pregnancy test prop? cool!

    Congrats on fulfilling a roll! :)

    Lol @ "the bee's out of the hive"!

    *whispers* I really like Mismar & Zenith. But I guess I'll be downvoted. Citlali is my favourite name meaning star, it's nahuatl. :) But Nebula is very cool too!

    1. Thank you! I love colorful sims/lots so I kinda go a little crazy. If he's not dead, he's a least not capable of doing anything. They really should come out at some point, but someone's going to need to convince Crux of that.

      I got the prop and the poses her:

      I like a lot of the individual names, but I'm really intent on a theme. I got an interesting write-in vote, too. I think I'll have to save Citlali for a sim at some point! :D

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Sorry Polly! I don't think any of the us will share your hopes that the test is negative! LOL at her wondering when the last time she cleaned the toilet was. I'm sure that thought crosses many minds as people and sims bow to the porcelain throne.

    Eni! I'd forgotten about her.
    Well, that's good news at least, that Eridanus may no longer be a problem.

    Gosh, Elly really needs to learn to control herself and keep her mouth shut. Well, let's see how that conversation ends, lol.

    1. I am super grossed out by anything in the bathroom, so that pose of her leaning against the toilet made me cringe. I figure she's a little more casual about it.

      I'd honestly forgotten that I had placed another alien in the cell next to Lyra's (it was in chapter 5). I barely remember Eni myself.

      Hopefully the convo will be interesting. Thanks for reading!

  8. Wait a second, the title "wasn't" supposed to make sense? I thought it was a total spoiler! Loved it! At least, I assume you're going for pollination. With... oh ignore me.

    Xharor! I think I'm in love! Someone who was really able to see through Crux's 'tough guy' routine and give him sound advice. Very good advice! Though I'm terrified he's going to ignore it. :/ You know why? Because those fringe groups focused on hatred have a flip side and I can only imagine the alien fan clubs that would be lining up to interview Crux and crew. lol

    And speaking of seeing through people: Way to tell your mom you've got some extra powers. Ha! So much for Polly waiting and figuring out how to tell the trips later on.

    1. The title is a play on cross-pollination (crux means cross in Latin), but my SO said it made no sense and that no one would get it. I guess I can rub it in his face now. And it was kind of a spoiler.

      Xharor and Crux were intially going to be bros (figuratively, obviously), but when I put them together in a room they did not get along! So I figured Xharor would be really frank with Crux. It is good advice! Sims are totes okay with weird things, and I'm sure Crux et al. would be rock stars.

      Poor Polly. Elly had to see through her at some point!

  9. The phone was awesome!

    Eridanus...dead...or IS HE?

    Very intrigued by the triplets. I don't think they know they are aliens yet, do they? Or has maybe Elly started to figure it out?

    1. He's MAYBE dead. He could also be in prison or something for all we know. Maybe he's queued up for the guillotine. ;)

      They don't know they're aliens. At some point they should find out (if I get around to it).

      Thanks for reading!

  10. YAY for Polly/Crux babies! =D Hmmm...was there anything else in this chapter? lol

    I found the chat between Crux and Xharor quite fascinating. I love how calm and matter of fact both of them are---sitting at the table just chatting---almost like it was an everyday occurrence! I hope Eridanus stays dead, lol

    What a fun cliffhanger---I can't wait to find out what happens next! =)

    1. Haha, that really is the most important take-away, isn't it?

      I hope Eridanus stays dead, too. It'd be unfortunate if he returned.

      Thanks for reading! The resolution to the cliff-hanger is entertaining (I hope :p).

  11. Ooooohhhhhh wow. Wow wow and shit! Elysia... Well, tbh we should have seen that one coming, eh? That is not how Polly wanted to break the news though, and I can't wait to see how this continues.

    But still, YAY FER BAYBEEZ!!! And I love the title, and can't wait to see what colour the kids are.

    And also yay that Eridinus (spelling?) is dead or doesn't care, but does that mean they're safe...?

    1. Yeah, I think everyone knows at this point that Elysia is a blabbermouth.

      Thanks! I already know the color of the kid(s)--I think it's what most people hoped for.

      Yes, even with Eridanus dead, there is still a possibility that they're unsafe. Poor aliens. They get so much hate. :c Thanks for reading! :D

  12. Oh man....I don't think Luna's going to be very happy. I'm not sure about the other two. I think Solaris will take it well...he's nonchalant about most things anyway. Elysia has no

    1. Ha, you've guessed right! Luna is a bit too attached to the idea of her mother and father getting back together. Solaris takes everything pretty well (he really doesn't have much of a personality compared to his sisters).