Now it’s time for the new CAS sim, Annika Richter! This is a short update. With all my big families, I forgot how quick it is to play a single sim, especially with no business to run.

Meet Annika Richter. She’s a teen on her own, except for Sarah (white) and Danny (brown), the pair of stray dogs who joined her in her travels. Annika is a Romance/Knowledge sim with a LTW to have 20 simultaneous lovers.

After running away from home with her college funds stuffed in her pockets, Annika was thrilled to find this little house for sale within her limited price range. She even had enough left to furnish it quite decently.

Of course she’d invited Danny and Sarah to come with her. She couldn’t leave them out in the cold, especially not with Sarah expecting.

First order of business was some new clothes. Annika felt a lot more comfortable once she was changed.

(I originally moved Annika in as an adult and aged her down to teen, in order to avoid having an extraneous parent sim.)

The second order of business was to secure some income. Annika had some savings left after furnishing the house, but the money wouldn’t last forever. So she got an after school job for herself in the Military career, as well as a job in the Service career for Danny. Sarah would stay home until she had her puppies.

Annika had considered not enrolling in school or getting a job, and finding other ways to make money, but she’d decided this was the best way. Her family sim parents had been convinced that she, as a Romance sim, would be nothing but an irresponsible hoyden. Annika was determined to prove them wrong.

The welcome wagon came by, but Annika had little time to spare for them. She was too busy dealing with Danny and Sarah’s behavior. After living on the streets for so long, they had developed some very bad habits.

Later, though, someone came by that Annika did have time for – a boy named Michael Bruce. He lived across the street.

He was very cute, and she happily flirted with him while the dogs played.

(2 bolts! They would totally be destined for each other, except for Annika’s LTW and the fact that Michael is the Bruce heir. Well, they can have fun, anyway.)

After Michael left, Annika burned her dinner of mac & cheese, but she was hungry enough to scarf down two bowls of it anyway.

Poor Danny was exhausted when he came home from work, but he did get a promotion!

Sarah had been on the streets so long that she didn’t even recognize the pet food that Annika put out. But she did go straight for the bowl of burned mac & cheese.

 The next morning, Annika headed off for her first day of school, even though she was worried about what kind of havoc the dogs might wreak while she was gone.

Back home, she spent a happy hour dabbling on the easel before her first day of work.

Work went well enough, Annika supposed. She was only paid a pittance – but it should be enough to pay the bills and keep the dogs fed. Maybe someday she could buy a little shop and sell things, but she would have to save up some money first.

She should train the dogs not to be up on the furniture, Annika supposed. But it was nice having Danny’s warm bulk curled up next to her. And it wasn’t like the furniture was fancy anyway.

Bath time for the dogs was quite an ordeal, made worse because there wasn’t enough room in the tiny bathroom.

There seemed to be so much to do – bathing the dogs, training them, giving them attention – and of course feeding them treats since they wouldn’t eat the kibble. Annika was feeling more than a little overwhelmed by the time the next morning rolled around.

The next day, while Annika was at school…

Sarah had her puppies! They’re all brown like Danny, but one of them has Sarah’s shaggy coat. Annika named the two boys Brownie and Snickerdoodle, and the girl puppy Blondie.

The puppies were adorable, but still – 3 new puppies to train? 3 more dogs to make messes? Annika wasn’t able to keep up with the two adult dogs. It was just too much.

She called over Stepan Pavlov, who she’d made friends with over at the Carrs’ house. He and Madelina Cooke were her two adult friends. Madelina was about to have a baby, and surely wouldn’t want a puppy, too, but maybe Stepan would.

“Oh boy. A puppy, for me?”

Stepan was thrilled to take Snickerdoodle.

“Here, I think $399 is the going rate for puppies around here.”

Annika wanted to refuse, but she could use the money. Stepan was an adult, with a good job, and surely he wouldn’t offer if he couldn’t afford it.

“Do you want to take Blondie, too?”

“Oh, no, I think two puppies would be too much.”

(Drat! I was hoping he’d take Blondie and give her to Makari, since Makari has a boy puppy, but he said he didn’t have the money – even when I offered Blondie for free!)

Annika didn’t have to do her homework that night, because Danny chewed it to bits.

(Her grade went up the next day, so apparently the game counts destroyed homework the same as completed homework.)

Annika spent the night trying to keep up with things around the house. She really enjoyed the outdoors. Maybe someday she could have a little garden, but there was just no time right now.

“Oh, you’re a pretty girl, aren’t you? But I’ve got too many dogs already.”

Annika tried to be careful about using the energizer only when she needed it – the aspiration points weren’t coming as quickly as she liked, after all – but there was just so much to do.

She headed off for another day of work. Annika had managed to get promoted to level 2, but was still looking for time to get the body point she needed for the last promotion.

She didn’t quite understand how the dogs managed to get filthy so fast. At least they were good about being bathed.

After his bath, she worked with Danny on learning to Come Here, so he could get a promotion. It was a long process, though.

Now that the puppies were getting bigger, Sarah could be away from them, so Annika got her a job in Service, too.

She finally found time to earn that body point. Hopefully that would lead to a promotion!

She chatted on the phone with Michael before school on Friday. Sadly, there hadn’t been time to see him  all week, but she had high hopes for a date on Saturday.

Annika returned home on Friday with an A+!

4 dogs ate an awful lot. Annika felt like she was constantly cleaning and refilling the dog food bowls. She supposed she could be glad that they were at least eating the dog food now.

“Shake? Good dog! Good job, Sarah!”

Sarah was even slower at learning her tricks than Danny, but Annika knew she would get it eventually.

Danny came home from work with another $190 paycheck.

Poor Danny was always so tired after work that he just curled up and went to sleep right there in the front yard. Meanwhile, Annika never could keep up with all the dogs’ messes.

Annika and Sarah headed off to their jobs, Annika with a frown. She was so tired of working. But tomorrow was Saturday, and at least there was no school.

Annika came home with a promotion! She was a teen Overachiever! She had proven her parents wrong, shown that a Romance sim could be responsible.

She fell into bed with a smile on her face. She was doing just fine, and summer would be full of new possibilities.

That’s it for this chapter! Next up is Sofiya and Kylie’s house.

Stats:

Sims 51
Households 14
Owned lots 11
Unowned lots 2
Military lot? YES
Business districts 2
Universities 0
Downtown? 0
Sim multiplier 14
Population 714

Careers:

Adventure 1 of 1
Architecture 3 of 4
Athletic 2 (unlocked)
Business 7 (unlocked)
Criminal 0 of 2
Culinary 1 (unlocked)
Dance 0 of 1
Education 1 of 2
Entertainment 1 of 1
Intelligence 2 of 2
Law Enforcement 2 of 3
Military 1 (unlocked)
Music 0 (unlocked)
Oceanography 0 (1 special)
Science 0 of 1 (3 special)
Slacker 0 of 1

Businesses:

Larisa’s Fish Market Pavlov Rank 10
Five & Dime Pavlov Rank 8
Club C Cooke Rank 10
Cooked To Perfection Cooke Rank 6
Wired Bruce Rank 7
Games Ahoy Hamilton Rank 6
Hobby Horse Picaso Rank 8
Galleria Pederson Rank 6
Cakewich Thayer Rank 6
A Whole New You Carr Rank 10
Miss Nadezda’s Dance Studio Carr Rank 7


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