Kev and Alice

Kev’s last wish is to speak with Alice. He finds her at their old park, passing the time with a book. On seeing him, Alice’s mood immediately drops. She really doesn’t want to see Kev.

But Kev doesn’t immediately insult her, as she might have been expecting. Instead, he starts to break into tears.

He tries to cry on her shoulder, but Alice pushes him away. Comfort and acceptance is a little too much to ask of her by this point.

But I do see a lot of subtle emotion in their animations. As Kev hides his face and his tears, I see pity in Alice’s eyes, and she gingerly reaches her hand toward his arm, as if she’s no longer sure she made the right decision. But before she touches him, she recoils again, and Kev sobs alone.

It feels like two lifetimes of regret being played out in that short moment.

After some more uncomfortable interaction between them, Kev curls up on the bench. Alice sits with him through the night.

Before the morning, Kev has passed away.

Next: Alice

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When I first began Alice and Kev, it was just me playing around and then talking about how my game had been going with my friends. I didn’t have any connection to homelessness aside from purchasing a weekly Big Issue and an occasional chat with their vendors. But I’ve learned a lot about it in the months since starting this blog, from the comments here, from emails I’ve had, and from the charities and organisations that have contacted me.

One charity that has been particularly helpful to me is Jimmy’s Night Shelter, located near me in Cambridge, UK. But more importantly, they are a huge help to the homeless people of Cambridge.

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-Jane Heeney

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320 Responses to “Kev and Alice”


  1. 6 Sara September 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Its so sad that Kev passed away. Right after breaking down (or crying) and Alice didn’t let him cry on her shoulder.

  2. 7 Carla September 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    i’m gonna miss kev…

  3. 8 Ollie September 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Kev will be a great ghost. Poor guy.

  4. 9 Alex September 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Hope Alice carries Kev’s Urn around with her. It would be awesome if you could leave it anywhere to haunt your neighbours.

  5. 10 Ollie September 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Also, Kev appears to have a wedding ring on in the second-to-last shot. Which leads me to wonder about Kev’s earlier life, his first job, maybe Alice’s mom, and his own early adulthood.

    • 11 kellie September 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      this makes me think … another segment of alice and kev … Alice and Kev : Before Homeless

    • 13 Jag October 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm

      OHOHOHOHOH I HAVE A THEORY. Maybe once upon a time Kev was relatively normal, kind in his own quirky way even, and he ,met some lady and they fell in luuuurve and got married and got pregnant with an Alice. But said lady got sick or something, and died shortly having her Alice and because of this Kev dove head-first off the deep-end, due to his love for Dead-Lady. Ergo, He was mean to Alice for leading to her demise in a way, and refused to take care of himself and drowned himself in his grief and all that.

      Why, yes, if I were a Sim I’d have The Hopeless Romantic trait.

  6. 14 anders900624 September 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Kev really was an idiot. But it wasnt his fault, he was born with it. That why i never really hated Kev. Real people are like that to i think, society forms us all.

  7. 15 Jackrabbit September 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Oh wow. That was depressing.

    HOW DID YOU MAKE ME FEEL SAD FOR KEV? DID YOU SPIKE MY COFFEE? DID YOU?

    I’m honestly upset right now. I can’t believe it. It’s worse that he brought it on himself.

  8. 20 Autumn September 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Aw, how sad. :(

  9. 21 Mea September 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    May sim heaven have many random people who don’t mind being insulted.

  10. 26 sheva September 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Not to sound heartless, but I’m glad Kevin finally died, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while.

    • 27 nancymarie September 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      I’m glad Kev is dead, too.

    • 29 Sixseventrooper October 1, 2009 at 2:19 am

      EXCUSE ME BUT HIS NAME IS NOT KEVIN!!! oops sorry. I’ve been trying to stop doing that. *blush*

      • 30 nancymarie October 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm

        Kev was a total bastard and treated people like shit. Why should I feel sympathy/sorrow over his death?

      • 31 Anth December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

        Because things like this happen in real life, to real people. Kev is a perfect example of somebody who needed help, but couldn’t get it. I don’t think it is right to hate him, because he did the best he could, I’m sure.
        When people have mental illnesses like that, they will make life difficult for themselves and everyone around them. In the back of their minds, they may even realize what is happening, but not know what to do or how to stop it.

  11. 32 piratedani September 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    wow.

    what an end to an era. I would have thought Kev would have gone out kicking and screaming, wearing only his underwear and generally being disgusting and inappropriate.

    gosh, what a turn of events.

    Are you going to keep the blog name the same now that Kev has gone? Maybe Alice will have a mini baby Kev

  12. 33 Jimmy the Gothic Egg September 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Wow. Kev has managed to hit the emotional high points and redeem himself in the eyes of the viewers. His passing away is extremely sad.

  13. 34 That Guy. September 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Yay, Depression.

  14. 35 Dave September 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    What is this moisture around my eyes? Rest in peace, you bastard.

  15. 37 Shanon September 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    After trying to reconsile with Yvette, I thought he might be nice to Alice… Sad that she didn’t share the moment with him, though I think its more fitting her sitting up with him through the night as he passed…

    Hopefully soon we’ll get to see how she reacts, and what she chooses to do with herself now that she doesn’t have Kev to worry about.

    Wonder if Jed still has that stupid girlfriend…

    • 38 worldwaffle September 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

      You know, where did zed go in this story…. *hopes to find loose end so roburky will give us at least 1 more update after the “final update*
      ;) just kidding roburky, it doesn’t matter if zed’s in their or not ;)

      • 39 worldwaffle September 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm

        wow. I just made myself look like a total fool. I put “their” instead of “there”

        :O Now I made myself look like a weirdo! But hey, if we’re all crying over a virtual character dieing, then we’re all weirdos ;)

  16. 40 Yve September 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I feel like that was the right ending for Kev, he died right where the whole thing started with Alice on the bench next to him.
    I’ll miss his evil ways though :(

    • 41 anit1983 September 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      Darn it Yve, I was holding up fine until I read your comment.

      That is not a tear, someone spiked my Mocha Frappachino… I Swear!

      waaaa! :( I don’t know what’s worse, That Alice’s last memorie of her father is of him crying and her not being able to bring herself to comfort him. Or what the alternitive would have been, him screaming at her and hating her until the moment of his death.

      • 42 HAB September 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm

        Funny story about mocha frappucinos, when I was,little, I didn’t know that there was such thing as a mochha frappucino until my babysitter told me that she loved them.

        Sorry, sorta off-topic. RIP Kev. *tear, tear*

    • 43 Alexis October 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

      I agree:) WHY AM I SAD FOR KEV?! He was so mean to every1 and I hated his guts and now that hes gone…I feel empty inside…
      Ok not that over dramatic but its still sad:(

    • 44 Ryann October 4, 2009 at 8:02 am

      RoBurky’s on a spiking spree!!!!! No drink is safe!

  17. 45 Laura T September 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I can’t believe he’s gone! RIP, Kev :(

  18. 46 Axe-Handler September 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Oh no, Kev’s dead? I’m really sad now. Geez, Alice, why couldn’t you have given him a hug or some words of forgiveness?

    And how will this blog go now? It’s turned from Alice and Kev to just Alice. xD

  19. 50 MightyPirate September 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Wonderfully well written, I anxiously await the next one.

  20. 51 Lobster September 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I know the game logic was probably more along the lines of “Done talking to Kev. Locate seat. Resume reading.” But still, the way this played out seems a lot like Alice refusing to open up to a man that has hurt her for her entire life, yet still recognizing her bond and responsibility to him, watching over him in his final hours.

    I think that’s more meaningful than any tear-filled words of attrition.

  21. 53 Wyldfairy September 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    NOOOOOOO he can’t DIE!

  22. 54 Kate September 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    this whole story is like a movie.. and im actually sad that kev has passed away.

  23. 55 Owlchick September 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Very moving episode. You captured a marvelous screen of both their faces and have crafted the story so well.

  24. 56 ITs Food September 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Farewell Kev, we will miss your crazy, shouty ramblings…

  25. 57 Jen September 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    :( Terribly sad.
    I’m glad to see this site raising awareness for the plight of the homeless.
    Hope others also donate a few quid their way as it really can make such a difference

  26. 58 Samantha September 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I am sad that Kevin died but at least he did not die alone.

  27. 59 Sara September 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Oh… I almost started to cry here…
    It’s not like he has been a very nice person but still. It’s sad when he passes away not having done anything good for this world. Wonder if Alice will miss him, if anyone will…
    It’s really sad.

  28. 60 Rhiannon September 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Wow, poor Kev. Sure he could be a shit at times, but he was mentally ill, ya know? Wasn’t entirely his fault.

    I’d love for Alice to move on and sort her life out now. Get a house and friends and all that. But what now? I’m scared that this, mixed with recent hiatuses, may signify an impending end to the saga. SAD FACE.

  29. 61 Ictiv September 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    :(… Well i guess i shouldn’t drop a tear for after an end like this he will be very beloved up there… Rest In Peace you crazy ol’ fellow, Rest In Peace…

    …Wait a second. This is still Alice AND Kev… How could… Oh… I have a strange feeling that the local Graveyard will be a bit more lifeful from now-on.

  30. 62 Jazmeister September 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I thought he was gonna die when he went for that long walk. I’m glad Alice stayed with him that night. Kev wanting a hug and lots of affection was too much to ask, but I think Alice did her familial loyalty justice.

  31. 63 giu September 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Holy shit, that’s sad. :(
    I hope that Alice will be able to move on with her life and stop being homeless, poor thing. I’m still waiting for some love & romance for her. :)

  32. 64 Katie September 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    OH MA GOD
    I didn’t think this would actually happen! Wow. I wonder how Alice will be affected? Maybe she can really come into herself now! Aww….

    (PS great work, love the blog)

  33. 66 alex September 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Oh, i bet Alice is gonna feel really bad now, when she realized she rejected her father’s compassion and it was her last chance to do so.
    Very moving post RoBurky, well done.

  34. 68 Skye September 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    NOOOOO! Kev can’t die!!!
    I honestly am really sad right now. I guess I’ve been reading alice and kev for so long that it’s like I actually know them. Dorky, yes. But it’s true.

  35. 69 alex September 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Wait- how come it says ‘to be continued’ and not ‘updated every monday, wednesday and friday’ anymore?
    or is that just me?

  36. 71 suckhole September 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Good riddance, I wish she had killed him.

    Jackrabbit, really? You’re “honestly upset” that a little computer guy on someone else’s computer died? You might just be psychotic.

    • 72 Jackrabbit September 30, 2009 at 4:04 pm

      It’s very possible.

    • 73 Ollie September 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

      Not to instigate or anything, but aren’t you being just as silly by being so upset/resentful about the same thing.

      • 74 Jackrabbit September 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

        Well, when I say ‘honestly upset’ it’s upset in the way you are when someone you like (or even don’t like, if it’s done well enough) dies in a particularly good book. So, this isn’t going to affect me in real life, I’m not exactly going to sob my eyes out, but I’m moved by the whole thing and I think RoBurky is a wonderful author to have manage to evoke an emotional response from a medium that is difficult to manage at best, considering how easy it is for the sims to muck up the story for you.

      • 75 medleymisty September 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

        Jackrabbit – have you read my story? Just wondering. ;)

    • 76 medleymisty September 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

      Okay, you’re not as cool as I thought you were.

      It’s easy to get attached to our little pixel people. Especially when we give them a story and emotions and thoughts. Yes, some part of our brains know that they’re pixels, but haven’t you ever felt an emotional reaction to a movie even though you know it’s just actors or drawings? I cried like a baby at Up. Sure, it was an animated movie, but that didn’t mean that I couldn’t identify with it and feel how the characters were feeling.

      Humans tell stories to each other. One could say that’s what makes us human. It’s okay to have emotional reactions to those stories. That’s what they’re for.

      We tell stories to each other to help us get through our own personal valleys of death. Our journeys may not have old dudes in wife beaters who go around insulting people, but they do have loss and fear and pain. So we dress up the loss and fear and pain in symbols and metaphors and tell stories to ourselves, fantastical stories that take us out of the boring routines of everyday life but also reassure us that we can make it through.

      Personally I wonder about the emotional maturity and stability of people who feel the need to act all tough and unaffected by stories.

  37. 80 marielle85 September 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    …poor Kev :( rip..

  38. 81 Trousle September 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Hmm. Well, I’m curious to see how Alice is going to react to Kev being dead. That last panel shows him sleeping soundly and her reading a book nearby. Will she be upset? Happy? Indifferent?

  39. 82 Les September 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I am feeling surprisingly affected by Kev’s passing. :(

  40. 83 chaycollins September 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    those simple words. kev passed away :( god, i wonder how alice will feel in the morning for rejecting his sobbing. at least kev saw the error of his ways before he died

  41. 84 Esme September 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    oh wow…i knew it was coming but just not so fast…. oh well life goes on even after death… at least in the sims…

  42. 85 Nicole September 30, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Even though Kev was just mean as he can be, I’m glad to see that in the end he didn’t have to be alone and that Alice, his one and only family, was at his side. RIP Kev!

  43. 86 sodasippa September 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I can’t believe he is gone… RIP Kev.

  44. 87 tipix7 September 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I loved the facial expressions in these shots. R.I.P Kev.

  45. 88 Chris September 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Just a thought–am I the only that noticed the line ‘The final entry will be published on Monday.’? This story is coming to an end, it seems.

  46. 92 Kite September 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I’m kind of sad that Kev has died :( No more being unneccesarily mean to neighbouring Sims.

  47. 93 ricketybridge September 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Brought tears to my eyes. Really good work. You’ve elevated the Sims to an art form. :)

  48. 94 Carla September 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    i didnt see that. :(

  49. 96 Alyssa P. September 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Kev’s death reminds me of this:

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
    Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
    I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
    Time to die.”

  50. 100 Verenti September 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    That might be a good ending to the story. Maybe a nice epilogue where Alice reflects on the post Kev world? After all, without Kev, this story is just called “Alice.”

  51. 101 Kit10 September 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Aw Kev, even though I thought he was terrible I almost cried when I found he passed. Excited to see how Alice handles everything.

  52. 102 marsha September 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I’m surprised that I am sad.

  53. 104 Nerdbeard September 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Do Sims really detect their imminent death, and try to do a few last-minute things to make the death seem more meaningful? That’s pretty clever, Sim Makers. If not, that’s pretty clever editing, Alice and Kev. ;-)

  54. 105 Anonymous September 30, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Kev may have passed on, but poor Alice… The guilt of having turned down her fathers deathbed apology like that will haunt her for the rest of her days if Kev doesn’t haunt her himself.

  55. 106 katierose September 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I’m so sad
    Bye kev
    (hope he comes back as a ghost)

  56. 107 Akaso September 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    You know, it’s strange. I hated Kev. I thought he was a completely unlikeable character, and he was pretty stupid to boot. And yet, I’m actually sad to see him dead, and I can’t explain why. At least he died in somewhat fashionable clothes, I guess.

    Last entry on Monday? Now I’m worried about what’s going to happen to Alice.

  57. 108 Erbo September 30, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Kev was an SOB, yes. But he was our SOB. We’ll miss him.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, SimLord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  58. 109 berrybetty September 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Kev is a total ass but that was so sad…

  59. 110 Luna September 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    It’s interesting to see everyone’s reactions to Kev’s death. I, for one am sad. Most have found him a pretty unlikeable jerk, but I felt differently in this regard. He was the backbone of the story. Without Kev, it would’ve been nothing but a poor Alice, look at her life, we’re sad, and then she finds hope, it turns into an inspirational story. Kev had our hearts too. He made us laugh, he had us angry at his actions, kept us confused and coming back for more. It was truly not Kev’s fault. He could not help that he was insane and inappropriate. He couldn’t help that he disliked children. I’m sure he had a rough childhood himself to develop these traits.

    Kev will forever live on in our hearts and for those who own the Sims 3, may he live on in our games in a youthful state.

    Rest in peace, Kev.

  60. 111 Taylor and Her flying apple September 30, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Awe :’. That brought tears to my eyes when i read that… So sad but at least he attempted to be kind to his daughter before, well ya know. I will miss him and yeah i hope in sim heaven there are all stupid people who dont care if they’re insulted Byebye Kev may u rest in insane messed up peace

  61. 112 Jessica September 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Kevin!!! NOOOO! :(

  62. 113 Jodie September 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    So sad! I will miss Kev, but it’s always a loss to come to the end of a story. Kudos on telling such a good one!

  63. 114 abi September 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    his is a fitting death

  64. 115 Katie September 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Can Alice get with Zed now? Please?

  65. 116 Mandy September 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Beautifully told story. I felt bad for the Sims and their troubles through this whole journey of their lives. Kevin’s passing was sad. It’s a shame that their relationship was too strained for them to fully make peace with each other.

  66. 117 Olivia September 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    As much grief as Kev has caused the sims world, I’m a bit sad that he’s gone.

  67. 118 Charley September 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Omg i really want Alice and Zed to have a relationship and make a family!!!! Will miss Kev tho with his anger :L

  68. 119 Alectric September 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    What do you mean the final post is on Monday?! We still want to know what happens to Alice!

  69. 120 Lauren September 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Wow. I just read the whole story from the very beginning, and I’m totally hooked! RIP Kev, even if he was a little disturbed…
    I hope you keep going with Alice’s story. This is great!!!

  70. 121 Go Cat Dave September 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Ahh. Poor Kev. He will be missed. Great experiment and tale, Roburky. Thanks for posting Alice and Kev for download. I will always remember fondly their cameos in Teenagers from Mars*
    Rock on!

    Dave

    * http://martianmartianmartian.blogspot.com/2009/08/bro-had-hard-time-going-to-sleep.html

  71. 122 Taytay September 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    U SHOULD MAKE ALICE MEET THE MAN OF HER DREAMS THEN THEY CAN GET MARRIED….SO SHE ISN’T LONLEY FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE !!!!!!!! :D

  72. 123 Lisa September 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    This was really good.. I just sat here and read everything from start to finish….. and I am actually quite sad over Kev… really great job. :]

  73. 124 Vanessa September 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Great story!!!!

  74. 125 JessieeKatiee September 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    ohh geeee, i’m nearly in tears

  75. 126 Random Dude September 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I only started reading Alice and Kev a few months ago, and was enthralled by the story and bought myself a copy of the Sims 3.

    I think the way you’ve presented this story is very well done. It’s dramatic, sure, but its also called as it seems to be in the game.

    I think you did a fine job bringing Alice and Kev off the game and into people’s minds as real characters. This really does show that many forms of media can act as valid, and strong, storytelling devices.

    Thanks for doing Alice in Kev, I can’t wait for the last post.

    You did a great job.

  76. 128 A_J_9_8 September 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Even though I absolutely hated him I’m gonna miss the old sack o’ hate…Please continue even though he’s dead!

  77. 129 neoglobe September 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Wow… I never thought game characters would touch me so much :( I always play with my rich people dreaming of what isn’t possible in life, but it is true: homeless people have a lot less…

  78. 130 Patali September 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    This was a very interesting blog. It definently reached a lot of people. Kev was my favorite character by far. Alice was too generic, and to deny her ailing father like that… it was wrong.

    Good work RoBurky.

  79. 131 Am September 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Awww.:( Poor Kev. At least he died with a slight change of heart:) But imagine how guilty Alice must feel. She turned him away at his apologies. But i guess staying with him in his final hours must have been her way to make up for it.

    Were gonna miss you Kev!! RIP!!

  80. 132 Trousle September 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Actually, the fact that she stayed through the night speaks loads – she couldn’t have known Kev was going to pass away that night. That implies (to me) that she had maybe not forgiven him completely, but that she was understanding enough to spend time with him. I think her’s was the bigger change of heart.

    In the end, I think we will see that Kev’s impact on people’s lives won’t be all that big. They might talk about him or think about him for a few days after his passing, but I don’t think it will last long and soon only Alice will even remember he was ever around.

    • 133 Sciffy Circo October 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm

      I agree with this comment.

      In my downloaded version, I influenced Alice & Kev to do various things. I’ll admit it. I had to do a bit of tweaking, couldn’t resist. Besides, they won’t just go to a neighbor’s house or community lot on their own. For a while, I played other families in the neighborhood, and I was shocked at how things played out when I returned.

      I had so many Evil sims running around, they got a kick out of Kev insulting everyone! But actually, he didn’t do that much. He seemed to love dancing to the radio, and people were amused by him talking insanity. Most of them didn’t scream at him for taking a bath or shower in their home. When my Kev died, he actually had a bunch of friends, but I was only able to win him one romantic interest, and couldn’t push it to girlfriend in time. I could’ve gone for two, but it would’ve been at the same time. He flirted with somebody by his inappropriate self, and wouldn’t ya know it, she was hopeless romantic and she didn’t reject him, so I went with it. She drowned at a pool at a public lot I’d made, and Kev cried his heart out and wouldn’t leave the lot. In the end, Kev died on the second day after crying about the girl, and tons of people cried about him dying.

      And Alice? Well, I’ve got other plans for her… Before Kev died, I decided to call a truce between them. Kev didn’t die as a friend, but he was no longer an enemy.

  81. 135 James September 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    No RIP for Kev! Rest in HELL!!! MUAHAHAHHAHAHA.

    Just kidding. I really hope that this isn’t the end of the blog. I want to see Alice succeed!

  82. 136 Chad17 September 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!! I FEEL SO SORRY FOR ALICE MORE THAN KEV!!!!!!! SHE BROKE HIS HEART AND MADE HIM CRY THE DAY BEFORE HE DIED!!!!!!!!!! THE LAST THING SHE SAID TO HIM WAS “I HATE YOU!” AND THEN KEV DIES?! IS THE SIMS DRAMATIC OR WHAT?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?
    :( RIP Kev. I’ll always remember you in RoBurky’s previous posts. :(

  83. 137 Holly September 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I actually felt pity and sadness for him.

    At least he didn’t die alone.

  84. 138 Nerdbeard September 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    What is with the Kev glorification? He was abusive, manipulative and dangerous. If I were Alice I would be glad to know he was never going to hurt me again.

  85. 139 Onnie September 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I was really growing attached to Kev’s character.
    And I’m sad now that he’s dead. Very sad. :(
    *sobs*
    No, not poor Alice. Alice didn’t die knowing her own child was incapable of forgiving her, did she? No.
    Kev did.
    So for the first time… poor Kev.

    PLEASE don’t let this be the last one! :(

  86. 140 PrettyBluLuv September 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Im kinda glad he is gone… Poor Alice now she has no living relatives…

  87. 141 LokiLoki September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    RIP Kev, you crazed bastard…I’ll miss you

  88. 142 prawninator September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    A lifetime of regret, indeed.

  89. 143 Leis September 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Wow…just wow. That last scene hit me like a load of bricks. Kev was a total bastard, but it was interesting to see him try to mend fences with Alice. Her sitting up with him on his final night was pretty interesting too…as much as he mistreated her, Alice stayed there with him right up til the end. She was too good a person to really outright turn her back on him.

    I hope the last segment lets us see a nice summary of her lifetime as well. It’d be great to see Alice get a career, friends, start a family….and come to terms with her feelings about Kev. She deserves a happy ending. Also, I hope you keep this online, even if you don’t update it after next week. This blog has made a real impact on people, and you’ve done a lot to bring more awareness to the plights of both the homeless and those who are mentally ill. Well done.

    R.I.P. Kev.

  90. 144 Chayce September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    When I heard that Kev passed away I was actually overcome with sadness, I always felt pity for him. Great writing, but I do not think the blog should end. I wanna see some Alice, Zed romance

  91. 145 Ray September 30, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Wow. o.0 That hit me pretty hard. RIP, Kev. D’:

    …Waitaminute, LAST POST?!?!?! *sobs*

  92. 147 ButterFinger September 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    *giggles and farts*

  93. 149 farha September 30, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    awwww. RIP kev :-( gonna miss u :-(

  94. 150 lunastargal October 1, 2009 at 12:01 am

    i thought alice would accept him. I guess no one’s perfect.

  95. 151 Tyler October 1, 2009 at 12:02 am

    R.I.P Kev
    Not So Beloved Father
    Tragic Hero
    Hopeless Romantic

  96. 152 Noelegy October 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

    PLEASE give Alice a happy ending!

  97. 153 Cy October 1, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Not with a bang but a whimper.

  98. 154 Random October 1, 2009 at 12:13 am

    R.I.P Kev
    May the Sim Lord look past your flaws and accept you for who you are.
    I hope the townsfolk put on a funeral for him

  99. 156 Rona Dolvi October 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

    The way we feel is the same way you feel when watching a good movie, or reading a good book and the main character dies in it. It’s a tear but in a way that you can’t describe.

    Ramble on in your ghostly self Kev!

  100. 157 Scribbler October 1, 2009 at 12:21 am

    As they say in writing: Kill your darlings…

  101. 158 Desert Rat October 1, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Hmm. Alice, without Kev.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the series holds up with Alice on her own, and where he takes it.

  102. 159 Kate October 1, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I’m amazed. I really want to cry over gis death. I odn’t know why or how but somehow RoBurky, you have managed in this post to make me feel soory for Kev. Dang.
    Well, maybe it’s like The Secret Garden. Similarly in that book, in the end it is the absolutely unlovable and dispicable characters of Mary and Collin that you love. There they were snotty, bratty, loathesome little demons. Here, Kev is a maniac, cruel, hateful man who is mentally ill and mean in general but you still are hurt and sad when he is gone. I think that’s how it works in books and stories. In the Secret Garden you love Mar and Collin more than Dicken, here you love Kev, and in Anne of Greene Gables you love Anne more than Diana and Davey more than Dora.
    Maybe thats how life works. Thise you love most are those who aren’t perfect. Those who are sometimes odd somtimes mischeivous. Those who are not the normal average. They may not always be bad but they are the ones who need to be loved and often times don’t know how to behave. I think this is why we are all sad for Kev. We have found we love him because he needed to be loved. He showed here that he wasn’t rotten to the core and that he had a little good.
    So, rest in peace Kev. May SimHeaven show you the love and mercy that you need, and may you retain your unlovableness, for that is why we love you.

  103. 160 Kuks October 1, 2009 at 12:38 am

    My jaw dropped at the last line. I really should have seen it coming but it still surprised me. It was a “nice” end.

    Oh, and no wonder you write so well, you’re a Pom! :))
    <3

  104. 161 Blackflame619 October 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I’ve been reading these since the beginning and now that Kev is dead… I don’t know what to do. I’m not happy. Kev was a protagonist nonetheless. But rest in peace Kev. Even if you didn’t let others have theirs. =[

  105. 162 A Noun October 1, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I hope it’s not truly the last entry on Monday — at least finish out the week, with a couple of Alice stories.

  106. 163 Samurai_Zac October 1, 2009 at 1:15 am

    See you in hell Kev you waste of hard drive space.

  107. 164 Frixxion October 1, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Something tells me that it will finally hit her in the next one and she’ll break down.

  108. 165 Flare October 1, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Why no picture of Kev passing on, I wanted to see him beg before death, but oh well… I wonder how much longer the story will last without the comedy of Kev? Alice’s life is just a little too boring without Kev

  109. 166 Kinnakeet October 1, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Makes me think of all the people I’ve avoided because they were irritating, or odd, or hard to understand. And makes me sad to think how many of those people have had to live out their lives all alone.

    There’s a poignant poetry to Kev’s story, and a sweet symmetry as well.

    Beautifully done.

  110. 167 kev4ever October 1, 2009 at 3:01 am

    KEV WILL NEVER DIE AS LONG AS WE KEEP HIM IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS AND OUR MEMORIES OF HIM LIVE ON

  111. 170 PleaseDontFeedTheKev October 1, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Who’s gonna rock that knit cap and dirty suit now?

    **pours out a 40 of “Old E” next to a park bench.**

  112. 171 ButMadNNW October 1, 2009 at 3:33 am

    I can’t think of anything to say, so:

    *quiet standing ovation*

  113. 172 HokiSim October 1, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Wow,this monday here in my country (Panamá) passed away an ex-president (Mr. Guillermo Endara) and today was free because of his funeral, now, Kev is dead too, weird week for me..O_o, 2 deaths..double sadness..

  114. 173 Emily October 1, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Final entry?!?!? NOOO!!! I luv this blog u did a fantasic job!!!!!

  115. 174 Sad Person October 1, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Now all we have to do is make 50000 fan sites dedicated to keeping this series alive.

  116. 175 celara October 1, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Sigh….

    I think that my sadness is due in part to Kev’s death. Mostly I think though, it is because of how unfulfilling and unfulfilled a life it was.

    Kev had alienated his daughter through the years, and in the end, he couldn’t just expect that distance from each other to melt away and that they could have the tearful and joyful reunion. Alice I think had forgiven him, but she still couldn’t forget. You can’t feel pain for that long and not wince when the source returns.

    It was touching though. Alice couldn’t bring herself to comfort Kev, but she could be with him to in some ways help him transition from this life to the next. She still loved him that much. Kev didn’t die alone.

    I will be sorry to see this story come to a close. I know Alice and Kev have touched my life in some way beyond just that of a good story.

  117. 176 quanta1000 October 1, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Oh…Kev…With your evil glares and llama-mother insults you earned a place in our hearts. Remember always that Alice loves you even though you were a terrible father…no offense. But some things cannot be forgiven, and with Alice’s heart you were horrible horrible. Anyways, you will always be our favorite villan. Don’t go torturing the angels now. RIP

  118. 177 Bossi October 1, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Bummer to hear it’s starting to wind down, though I’ve gotten the feeling that this has gone from a fun diversion to work for roburky. It’s been great while it lasted. Cheers!

  119. 178 Julia October 1, 2009 at 7:15 am

    RIP Kev. To echo someone else’s comment, may there be many, many sims for you to attempt to get engaged to and whose mothers you may call Llamas.

  120. 179 Rolyn October 1, 2009 at 7:39 am

    wow… I actually feel sad about this… I hated Kev through the whole story but now, I think I’ll actually miss him but I’m glad Kev got to spend his last moments with Alice

  121. 180 alex October 1, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Aww I so don’t want this series to end. It’s just started to really come back from it’s long break, but this time next week it will all be over… :(

    You did a great job RoBurky

  122. 181 Leanne October 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

    RIP Kev.

    That’s quite a sweet ending for him actually, he may not have gotten the hug or forgiveness from Alice but it was important for him to say sorry and he did and that should strength Alice up a bit I hope :(

  123. 182 Jess October 1, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Wow…. You, good sir, are brilliant :D & have created a masterpiece. A friend of mine made a tweet with a link to this. I was bored, so I opened the link. After the introduction, I was pretty curious & interested.. After jus the second page; I was completely ENGROSSED :o It’s now been about an hour since the first xD I’ve went through every one. (My computer is very, very slow btw ;P.)

    Anyway, I’m very impressed. :D That was an excellent read, fantastically done! The characters, & their entire stories that enfold between them are grand & unforgettable. I laughed so, SO hard at many parts :D which I needed, my day’s gone badly.. So extra thanks for cheering me up.

    Awesome that in making this, it has been a great eye-opener to you, & to many other people. What a great cause this has flourished into :D Congratulations; that’s huge. You’re truly making a difference.

    This has inspired many things in me. Keep it up :D Thank you again. I look forward to your last post with this :].

  124. 183 John Smith October 1, 2009 at 10:12 am

    /shock

    :O

  125. 184 Rowan October 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

    This bummed me out waaaaaaaaay more than it should today…

  126. 185 arwin October 1, 2009 at 10:37 am

    hello everybody!

    i think someone must donate ambrosia for kev, so he can hug alice for the last time.

  127. 186 Alarion October 1, 2009 at 11:32 am

    OMG… that is so unexpected, and sad… yet such a perfect ending to their life together, even if it had its ups and downs… wow. I was actually touched by reading this. Now what will happen?

  128. 187 Tom October 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Wow.

    First off, I have to say that I’m not really a fan of Sims 3 – I haven’t even bought it. It never interested me and no trailers, photos or information would change that. Except this blog. It’s made me more interested in purchasing the Sims 3 than anything EA did.

    And the fact that your story has evoked so many emotions from me and others shows that you’ve done a wonderful job.

  129. 188 Lindsay October 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Don’t make the next one be the last entry! We want to find out what happens with Alice for the rest of her life!

    • 189 Trousle October 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      Careful what you wish for. We still don’t know how Kev’s death will affect Alice. He *was* her father, even though he wasn’t the best father around. Sometimes, kids get attached to their parents regardless of how their parents treated them. The next update might be the last because of what Alice does when she realizes that Kev is gone.

      Morbid? Yes. But since I’ve never been homeless, I can’t begin to fathom how this might affect me if I were in Alice’s shoes….

      • 190 Julia October 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm

        …CAN sims commit suicide (or whatever would make her character permanently end) in-game? Like, Autonomously?

  130. 191 Starbuck October 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Bring him back *sob sob*
    I liked Kev. I remember how he used to call people llamas. Act irrationally and make us all smile.

    Maybe he will be a ghost! Then he can hug everyone and scare them at same time, w00t!

  131. 192 Andrew October 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    OMG! They Killed Kev!

  132. 193 Jeroxy October 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Rest in peace.
    Kev, i may have thought you were the greatest jerk in history,
    but in your final act, you sought forgiveness for your actions. And it takes a great person to acknoledge their faults, and to act on them.

    This will go into my memory amongst the great novels, His Dark Materials trilogy, The Shack, and others. It is not just a web blog, even if that is how it started. It has become a great beacon to show us all not just the physical plight that comes with being homeless, but also the mental side. With relationships and interaction with others. And inspired others to help those people.

    Fin

  133. 194 Tatiana October 1, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I’m sad because of Kev’s passing but I think Alice was kinder to him always than he deserved. I don’t think she’ll feel guilt for not being able to bring herself to hug him at the last. After all, that was his doing, not hers. He always was so horrible to her. Many, many times when she was young she probably needed a hug from a supportive dad but never got it, she got yelled at instead for no reason. So I think she was far kinder to him than anyone could expect.

    It’s true that he was messed up and his bad behavior wasn’t his fault entirely. I never saw him struggle mightily to control himself, but I still do feel sorry for him. But I feel even more sorry for Alice whose life he blighted. I hope she can build herself a better one now that she’s grown.

  134. 195 bindiboo57 October 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Well done my friend, well done! Bravo!
    when TheSims3 BuildnShare did a Build for the Homeless Alice n Kev, I couldn’t help play it out..it was so good..and Alice did find love in my game, her house was built next to their old Park and one night Alice found another Sim sleeping on her old Park Bench..She watched him for a while, then started talking, they became friends, she fed him, gave him a hand, and one day this guy(tim) overheard Kev berating her and he and Kev got into a fight,..(Kev won) but you should have seen the look on Alices face it was Awesome, no one had stood up for her like that it was all over..she fell in Love he moved in, and they married..Kev couldn’t take the happiness, so he was gone a lot..smoochin with women and stuff(yes he DID) lol any way it was a joy to play, sadly..after Alice n Tim had several children and adopted a couple, their youngest, “Timmy” grew into a child, had grey hair and started “babling” to himself and holding a finger in his right ear (tears falling down my cheek!) THANK you roBurkey! for your wonderfull charactors! Your one for the History books for sure with this one!

  135. 196 L October 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    That is so sad.
    I can’t believe the next post is the last, I was really looking forward to seeing whether or not Alice would find someone to love, get married and have her own children. I can’t believe it’s basically ending with Kev’s death.

  136. 197 Amy October 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I really feel emtionally tied to them This is a great blog i hope u contiue with alice

  137. 198 hayley October 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    OMG!WOW!HMMM…WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ALICE?

  138. 199 I am a lion (rawr) October 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Omg Kev died!!! When i read that he died my heart stopped for a sec.

    R.I.P Kev :(

  139. 201 Team Alice October 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    NOOOOO! NO NO NO NO NO NO! Kev… Bye. But THE LAST ENTRY? How… But… Sadness.

  140. 203 Team Alice October 1, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    But what about Zed? I hope the last one is like 5 pages. It just has to end it well.

  141. 204 Hana October 1, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I don’t feel that sorry for Kev. Sure, the story probably won’t be as interesting now, but if Alice got a boyfriend or something that would make me happy. :) As long as the guy is the totally best guy for her and is the best in town, I’m good. Any less than the best should not apply! Now I feel like a protective older sister! Wow, this blog sure brings out the weird in people.

  142. 205 jiko29 October 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Oh my. Kev will be missed….. I wonder if he will be, by Alice?

  143. 206 Westiedog123 October 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I dont give a crap about Zed. And why’d you have to make me have feelings, ROBURKY!? I actually teared up! Not a good sign…i’ll still miss him though. We need a badguy. Oh, Zed…(grins hauntily and scared the people reading this to death).

    Don’t judge me!

  144. 207 william October 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    you know there ain’t no rest for the wicked, money don’t grow on trees, I got bills to pay I got mouths to feed, ain’t nothing in this world for free…
    RIP Kev.

  145. 208 Dylan October 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Bravo! This blog has moved me to tears! :)

  146. 209 Karen October 2, 2009 at 12:32 am

    somehow this little story has managed to make everyone feel like they know these people. and even when we all thought Kev was a horrible person, we are suprised, and hurt by his death. i guess it just goes to show what people really are capable of. cant wait to see what happens to Alice in the end. wonderfully written story

  147. 211 PatK October 2, 2009 at 2:52 am

    There’s an important take-home lesson here: Those grimy, grubby, possibly crazy people we see on the streets, living the real-life version of Alice and Kev’s idealized Sims world? They’re people, too, and our common humanity binds us even if our circumstances separate us. Thank you, RoBurky, for giving us a chance to *think* about that. If this is the end of the story, that much will have been worth it all.

  148. 213 Miko October 2, 2009 at 2:56 am

    wayyyyy too short roburky. nice that kev died, wish he wouldve been hit by a truck. i hope the last one you make is 10X longer and more important than the expected death of kev. woo hoo roburky u made another boring blog.

  149. 216 wallynally October 2, 2009 at 5:03 am

    I’m really sad to see kev go, what’s even more sad is alice didn’t set things right with him. Now it’s to late. She can never make things right.

  150. 217 Scott October 2, 2009 at 6:47 am

    “He was a strong and a feisty old man, considering his life was so hard/ And it’s funny the way he kept talking about you, he called for you at the end …”

    –From the song Kilkelly

    Poor Kev. There’s never as much time as you think to make amends, is there? Well written, roBurky.

  151. 218 Jackrabbit October 2, 2009 at 8:06 am

    That’s odd.

    Sorry, everyone, but I’d like to test this. Apologies if I offend people by posting something irrelevant.

    Italics

  152. 220 V2Blast October 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Nuu. Too bad Kev died… He provided good comedy. Plus he wasn’t a completely terrible person (just mostly). I’m glad he and Alice didn’t have an argument before he died.

    I wonder how Alice will deal with this news.

    Also sad the blog is apparently ending on Monday… You should do another of these – you’re an excellent storyteller.

  153. 222 STTU October 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

    boohoo i will really miss kev and his ninja bin kicking techniques..

  154. 223 F1ght3r13 October 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I find it funny how everyone despised Kev in previous stories and felt sad for Alice. Now I wouldn’t say they despise Alice but I have seen some not-so-nice comments. And everyone feels sad for Kev

  155. 226 vicjojo October 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    What happened to Alice?

  156. 227 Toni October 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    in my game i downloaded Alice as a kid and played her till she grew to teen and since i have teh teen pregnancy hack, she ‘accidently’ got pregnant with skip broke. And they STILL live in the abandoned park.

  157. 228 Sam Hyland October 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Poor Kev, he may have been an arse to the people he met but it’s still pretty sad that he’s passed away without being able to sort things out with Alice.

  158. 229 Katy October 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I never thought I would say this but it’s sad to see Kev go. Instead of trying to make peace, he felt he needed to keep spreading his negativity. It was nice that Alice was with him in the end. She can now move on with her life. Hopefully love is on the horizon for her!

  159. 230 Lynn Gold October 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I hope you’ll follow the development of Alice on her own. I’d like to see how she turns out as a grownup. Here’s to hoping she climbs her way out of her situation.

  160. 232 Mythos October 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    If you ask me, this has to be the best post of this blog – it was worth the wait.
    Interestingly enough, my favorite bit was how ironically the title of the post mirrors the blog’s title, “Alice and Kev”. It’s like the blog mainly followed Alice’s point of view, leaving the oft-considered mean-spirited Kev in the sidelines or as comic relief, and now suddenly we’re seeing the other side, following Kev, and how even a game character like Kev is actually more complex and, dare I say, “human” than we all first assumed.

  161. 233 Tia Maria October 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Wow that was really sad… It’s a shame it has ended that way I hope Alice can now look towards a brighter future. Thank you for writing this story it has been a real eye opener and had some good times and bad! Fantastic Stuff looking forward to Monday for the finale.

    Cheers!
    TM

  162. 234 Friedbeef October 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Wow… pls pls pls make a book on this :)

  163. 235 Dani October 3, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I’m not surprised so many people feel sorrow at his passing: a wasted life is always a tragedy, and Kev seems to have realized, at the end, how badly he wasted his.
    I’m sad to see that you’re going to be ending the series. I know it’s “Alice and Kev”, but I’m very interested to see how Alice’s life continues, what she does, if she gets married, etc.

  164. 236 Tyler October 3, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I can’t believe this is all over. It’s sad but it was so good! I hope Alice gets married and has kids in the next post! That’s a little much though.

  165. 237 leechbites October 3, 2009 at 1:41 am

    i know we all hated him but he was a major character and he went out in a good way. RIP kev. we hate you but we wont forget.

    also…. i think zed should come back.. just a suggestion.

  166. 238 Hannah October 3, 2009 at 2:15 am

    The only bad thing about this story is that kev and alice start relationships with sims, then it seems to end out of nowhere, they meet someone else and it’s like a cycle. all i’m saying is that some of the plot is incomplete.

    still, ill miss this story :’(

  167. 239 randomness123 October 3, 2009 at 2:45 am

    RIP Kev:

    The Old Man we know and love,
    The One who stood in his underwear in the park harrassing people
    I’ll miss Kev
    Somebody loves Kev!

    ALICE and ZED for the Win.

  168. 240 Taylor and Her flying apple October 3, 2009 at 3:33 am

    The final entry???? WWWHHHHHAAAATTT!!!!! nooooooo!!!! I don’t want this to end!!! I wanna see Alice blossom intoan adult and see her life grow!! PLease don’t end this!

  169. 241 Ashley October 3, 2009 at 5:45 am

    wow…. didnt expect him to die… crying…. i thought he would be freaking out n then like… have a heart attack lmao… but hopefully this isnt the end! because this is an amazing story!

  170. 242 Rain October 3, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Poor Kev….The last entry?! NNNNNNNNOOOOO!!!!Please make it long! Please!

  171. 243 Magus October 3, 2009 at 8:22 am

    so wait…we waited a month for 6 updates? wow…what a let down…

  172. 247 Elizabeth October 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Wow this is so touching.. Never actually expected it to end like this :( R.I.P Kev and lets hope Alice gets to marry someone ^^

  173. 248 Becca:) October 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Aww that was so sad! I heard about this blog on Facebook… I feel bad for Kev dying… But I hope Alice can still have her happily ever after with Zed!

  174. 249 Sara October 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    i don’t really miss Kev much.I guess it’s because I don’t like this story anymore (or I’m heartless!! jk do not say I’m heartless!) I would still like it if I didn’t have to wait a month for 6 updates!! thats kind of dissapointing. :(

  175. 250 Luna October 3, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Have you ever noticed that in the early posts everyone was saying how much they wanted kev to die, but now that he has a lot of people regret it? Makes ya think doesn’t it

  176. 253 Nicola October 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    For everyone wondering what might have happened before Alice and Kev, Here is what I think might have happened:

    Once, Kev was not the person we see him as nowadays. He was kind, Family-Oriented, a Genius, and also a little Flirty. He had a wife who looked just like alice. (BTW, they were filthy rich.) When She gave birth to alice, she died. Kev, driven mad by his wife’s death, thought that Alice had been the cause of his wife’s death, Causing him to hate all children. He also went crazy in his depression and when Alice grew into a child, Kev spent all their money. They got kicked out of their house eventually. That is where the story starts.

    A little depressing… But it is what I think might have happened. (Doesn’t mean it did happen, but it is a possibility.)

    Anyway, RIP Kev. =( I hope that if that story is true, Kev will be happy now that he is with his wife.

    On a lighter note: OMG! RoBurky, did you, by any chance, spike the air or something? XD I probably shouldn’t laugh at my jokes… I might end up coughing all over the computer screen… ^_^;

  177. 254 Kate from Tacoma October 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Darn you, Robin, for making such a heartwarming and remarkable story. You’ve brought out the best of the Sims game and somehow made it beautiful. And you made me tear up a little. Thanks for this story, I won’t forget it.

  178. 255 Idris October 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I think it’d be good if the story continued until after Alice’s death. It’d be interesting to see if her life improves now that Kev is no more.

  179. 257 Katrina October 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I think Alice and Zed. should get together =]

  180. 258 Westiedog123 October 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN ITS GONNA BE OVER ON MONDAY??!! I’m THIS close to flying across the atlantic and slapping your united kingdom butt. WITH a national geographic magazine. I had a feeling you were gonna end it with Kev’s death but THIS???????!
    I cant take it. Now im going to have to hole up on my couch with my laptop and spend hours searching for a decent sims story. I despise the ending of good series from amazing authors because the stress gets to them. Try to relax for a week then get back to writing. Please dont end the series Roburky. Please….? {:(

  181. 260 mtorrenson October 3, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    This was actually a pretty decent way to end it. Kept true to Kev. I want more Alice though. :(

  182. 261 :O October 4, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I actually felt kinda sad….even though they are just animated characters…..R.I.P Kev :[

  183. 262 some guy October 4, 2009 at 1:30 am

    did Kev ever have a relationship? or did he adopt Alice? =S

  184. 263 Jardel October 4, 2009 at 2:08 am

    RIP Kev.

    You were an asshole most of the time, but you were never boring.

    I’m now going to go ask Doctor John Daniels to help me through this difficult phase of mourning for you.

  185. 264 Mouchas October 4, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Bravo! You got me all choked up over a not-so-nice guy! Well written!

  186. 265 Punkerbelle October 4, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Wow I started reading this story when it was about mid-way through. I makes me sad to know that its almost over with. I feel alittle silly though, cause its a story but it I can’t help it.

  187. 266 Kristine October 4, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Aww I was really looking forward to Alice finding her true love who is rich, and then having her own family. :( Well bye bye Kev.. :’(

  188. 267 Billie October 4, 2009 at 10:03 am

    What I think would be cool is if you end it now, and then carry on playing Alice for a while, and then maybe do an Epilogue. Also, R.I.P Kev :’(

  189. 269 CK October 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Oh man. I can’t even… Everyone’s mustering up all this sympathy for Kev, but I just… I’m not /glad/ he’s dead, but I’m not tearing up or anything. This is probably a good thing for Alice, as well.

  190. 270 katie October 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Are you going to continue this blog? I am interested in knowing how Alice’s life turns out without the presence of Kev.

  191. 271 quanta1000 October 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I do not want Alice And Kev to end! I love this heart-breaking story. But if it must, please let it be happy and not tragic. Don’t leave us hanging, wondering what’s going to happen next, give it a good, solid end. ^.^ You do an amazing job roBurky and I wish I had your talent.

  192. 272 Person October 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Stupid aging! Quick, before he wakes up, turn aging off! Now! Really! And stop spiking the air!

  193. 273 another Person October 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    OMG!!! that is so upsettting! I just started reading yo
    ur posts and now he’s dead! Jeeze!

    I hope you make another one!

  194. 274 Jason October 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Good work, Robin.

  195. 275 Someone else October 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    The story was good, the ending true to life. There are real people in this world just like Alice and Kev, who pass their lives ignored by the rest of us walking by. They irritate us. They get in our way. They smell and make us feel uncomfortable.
    They piss us off by existing and making demands on us and our space.
    Then you sit down in front of a computer and cry over a created image and his simulated death.
    There’s something very wrong in this world when pixels can command emotion when a real living person does not.

    BTW, there are no happy endings in life. We all must die, someday.

  196. 276 G October 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    damn it.
    I’ve been reading this blog with amusement and sometimes, with surprise, but I’d never have thought to be actually moved like this. It shows great writing skill to portray two game characters in a way that makes them real. Just wow. I’m saddened to hear monday’s update will be the last, but at least you chose the right time to quit, making it feel finished. I hope you keep using your talent! (maybe a book?) BLOG ON!!!

  197. 278 Shelly October 4, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    It’s unfortunate, because of such a long hiatus I have lost that connection I had between the two characters, so it did not hit me that hard when Kev died.
    And honestly before the long hold, I was very attached to this blog and checked it everyday.

  198. 279 Sciffy Circo October 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    *sniff*

    I downloaded my own Alice & Kev, and I got the message that Kev is going to die today, despite me putting it into Epic timeframe. I’ve watched his death half a dozen times over, going back to the last save point, having the game crash, and all that, and in one variation, sending Kev all over town to chomp down on every Life Fruit he could find. Even that won’t keep him going much longer, hardly long enough to learn fishing and cooking well enough to make Ambrosia! I’m also not sure where I’ll take Alice in my game. But I’m thinking about it…

    *loads up game*

    Here’s some videos I made of my own game, including Alice & Kev:

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9431DF141688645F

  199. 280 alex October 4, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    OMG and to think: in 24 hours it will all be over :(
    R.I.P Kev AND Alice ( the blog)

  200. 281 A_J_9_8 October 5, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I stumbled upon this blog several months ago,and I fell in love.I will miss Alice and Kev,but they really didn’t have that much of a stepping-stone to a Grand Finale.If it really does end,I just want to say,RoBurky,you have a remarkable and amazing ability to take something completely lifeless and flat (no offense but I mean it’s a game) and turn it into something so astounding that someone like me could get so involved,so amazed,that their mind could upon to several possibilities.I’ve started donating to charity,and I even got my friends to help at the local soup kitchen,thank you,and I will miss you as much as I will Alice and Kev.

  201. 282 southchiks October 5, 2009 at 2:11 am

    All this time for a crappy ending, thanks!

  202. 283 Dan October 5, 2009 at 5:25 am

    So sad to see this great little thing come to an end. But, thank you for all you’ve done, Robin. I think in following this blog, I’ve run the full range of emotions and had the most fun doing so.

    Just one request: Can we get Alice married off, at least? :)

    Thanks again for a wonderful and fun ride. I hope you’ll do something similar in the not too distant future.

  203. 284 blargh October 5, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I wanted to watch Kev die.

  204. 286 Kaishay October 5, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Last entry?

    what? You ketp us hanging on for 6 weeks for 5 or 6 quite frankly, crappy updates?

    what a load of hogswash.

    you ought to be ashamed!

  205. 289 Ollie October 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Holy shit I am so excited for this new entry.

  206. 291 Madison October 6, 2009 at 2:39 am

    No……..Kev, no. Please no. Live forever, be a ghost. Just please…don’t die. Oh, I’ll miss you so much!!!!!

  207. 292 Benjamin October 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Farewell Kev.
    You struggled to understand a world that never tried to understand you.

  208. 293 Geno October 7, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Bye, Kev. You were a bastard, but you were also insane. I’m sorry no one ever truly accepted you.

  209. 294 Venom King October 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “Before the morning, Kev has passed away.”

    OH MY GOD MANLY TEARS

  210. 295 Lauren October 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Let us ponder Kevin’s life for a few moments. Let’s ponder his upbringing, perhaps leading to his attitude toward Alice and children in general. Who is/was Alice’s mother, anyway? How did she meet Kevin, and did Kevin lose sanity before or after Alice’s mother left him/this world? Most importantly, how will Alice go on with the loss of Kevin? Perhaps these questions will leave you in your cozy bed, unable to sleep because you just don’t know. :D Bye bye now!!!

  211. 296 meggers October 8, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    RIP Kev, Roburky, did you set the sims life span as normal short ridiculously long or what? Once I made my own little Alice and Kev but I liked Alice to much. On their lot (park) I put a nice little fence around Alice’s place and put a picnic basket and a little pond. On KEv’s area I put a nasty fence with evil looking things in it.

  212. 297 Raven October 9, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Awwww….poor Kev…even though he was a rotten old man from beginning to end….and Poor Alice…..this story makes me sad…

  213. 298 Bruur October 9, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Yeah! Kev is dead! Finally! Party! Party! Party!
    Wooooooooooooo!

    Am I the only one who is actually happy about this?
    Come on! Get over it! It’s a game!

  214. 299 Karen October 10, 2009 at 1:59 am

    aww. :(

    (great stuff btw. :O just wish they were longer. )

  215. 300 Fan101 October 10, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    We will all miss Kev he was the main character that kept it interesting and made us laugh. I do think Alice will regret not letting him cry on her shoulder and like most sims when they’ve lost a love one they burst into tears and they’re animation shows the dead loved one. Alice will be struggling and her life will never be the same almost. I hope everything will be ok.

  216. 301 RawkabyeNukeface October 18, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Wooow.. I can’t believe he actually died. D:

  217. 302 kittykat October 18, 2009 at 5:31 am

    its not that i feel bad for Kev its pooralic hes her only family

  218. 303 Lord dA jOsh October 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Wow….

    It finally happened…

    So much for Alice and Zed killing Kev like I’d always theorized.
    I hope this doesn’t make the end of the series…since 1 of the 2 main characters is DEAD….

  219. 304 Sciffy Circo October 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Exactly. I’ve been homeless before, and I’m maybe a step or two away from it now. I’ve got a roommate who’d like to kick me out because I’m too expensive for him to keep, but he can’t bring himself to do it when he knows I’ve got nowhere else to go.

    He keeps giving me money for the bus card, so I can get to school. I’ve gone into Hospitality Management, so I can work in a restaurant someday. I’m taking a cooking class, and we get to take home food after class, 2 nights out of the week. When it’s a choice between throwing out perfectly good food, or looking greedy and taking 4 packages, I’ll go ahead and let them think what they want. Sometimes, I’ll even tell them I’ll run into 3 people on the way home begging for food, so why toss it?

    I wasn’t working before, and now with school, I can only look for something part time. My unemployment barely covers the storage unit, the cell phone, and food for the rest of the week, and absolute essentials. More often than not, I’m asking friends if they can spend $20 on me at a grocery store or something.

    When I’m coming home from school, I usually see no less than three people begging for food and/ or money to get something to eat. And here comes me, looking like a *ahem* perfectly normal college student, with a backpack full of aluminum foil wrapped food. Would I hand it over? I’d sort of feel bad about it either way. Some people aren’t even trying to get out of their situation, like these people, and I don’t want to give people like that a handout, day after day after week after year. Others try and fail, like myself and so many others I saw who kept returning to the shelters. Others call on families who eventually come through for them. I didn’t have such luck. I’m keeping my food for ME because I can’t afford anything else.

    And in signing up for school, I’m at least trying to get out of my situation! Thank god for financial aid, and friends who bought me books, or I couldn’t do this at all!

    I’m sure the teachers, students, advisors at my school have absolutely NO idea how close I am to being completely homeless. After all, I look normal, have clean clothes, and got down there, didn’t I? They don’t know that my clothes are 5-10 years old, and I had to beg friends for bus money, and laundry change, borrow their detergent.

    And then there’s my own dad… didn’t help me the first time I was homeless, and damned near caused me to be a second time. I wasn’t but only thanks to friends at the last minute. He was super successful, and nothing less than being as good as him will do, and I’ve found that I just did NOT seem to inherit his skill. I didn’t seem to inherit some of his other traits either, so that’s a good thing.

    In my downloaded version, despite making a self-sim and throwing her on the park bench next to Alice & Kev, my self-sim is just kinda there, and Alice is a lot like I really am. In my story, my dad-sim worked at the Bistro, saw Alice working at the grocery store, and offered her a job at his Bistro. I bought a basic fridge, grill, and counter for Alice & Kev, and built them a bathroom while I was at it. I played other families in the neighborhood, and was shocked to see Alice VERY quickly grown into a 5-Star Chef! I signed up for my school about 2 weeks later.

    I found out what Alice’s “fifth” trait is. That was interesting. I suppose if I’d downloaded a younger Alice, I could have chosen something. I might have even chosen “Insane”. I know mental illness sometimes doesn’t surface or get diagnosed until age 18-25, so it’s possible that as wonderful as Alice is, there would still be a chance she might grow up Insane like her father, Kev. I may try it sometime to see how it plays out, but I’m interested to see how the current story does.

    If I had to take a wild guess at Alice’s mom, she might’ve been a Hopeless Romantic, to fall for Kev. She might’ve been Evil, to get a kick out of Kev insulting people. She might’ve been Inappropriate, causing her to really go for Kev talking insanity. It’s possible she met Kev at a “support group” for Insane people. I’m guessing she might have been older as well. I once had an Inappropriate young adult somehow get into a relationship with a Hopeless Romantic elder. Maybe Alice’s mom died of old age, or drowning, or something. Or maybe they were the same age, and insulted each other at some point, and the other couldn’t take it anymore. For all we know, the possible suspect is in the game, and they never married, so we never see an “ex spouse” tag on anyone. He’s got a ring? Maybe he was married, maybe he found it or stole it. Who knows.

    Maybe Alice was adopted when Kev was far younger and had a home. After all, Kev used to work as a criminal. He probably lost the home after he lost his job. Why Alice wasn’t taken, who knows. Maybe he’d stolen enough money to get by for a while. Heck, maybe as a criminal, he stole Alice as a baby! Whoa, there’s a thought! And Kev just might be insane enough to do something like that!

    I’ll go eat my class leftovers while thinking what to do with my story next. It was so weird making ratatouille in class, and thinking, “Hrm, which sim had that as a favorite meal? OMG, I’m REALLY making my sim’s favorite meal!!! Is this a fulfilled wish? How many happiness points does this get me?” :)

    Heck no, that homeless guy on the way to the train ain’t getting my dinner! Or the $2 in my pocket. I’m working my way up! Maybe once I run a restaurant… or manage a soup kitchen…

  220. 305 Where have I been! October 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I can’t believe Kev died ):
    RIP KEV <33

    He meant well.

  221. 306 Monique November 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    My goodness!! Thank you so much for writing this. I play this game over and over again (mostly with cheats) but your blog has made me realize that I’m actually cheating myself. I feel so bad for Kev, but mostly, I’m hoping that Alice rallies and does something more with her life.

  222. 307 kansine February 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Eh… heh… I’m so sorry to adv ertise… :S But I’d still like to mention, that after a quite long break I’ve just started a new sims 3 -story (I’ve made 2 quite long stories this far, so it’s not about a first try… ) and it would be nice of anyone to mind checking it out ^^ I also wanted to mention this, just in case if someone has been following my earlier stories, and thinks, that I’ve quite making stories now :O

  223. 308 Kelly April 17, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I cannot think of a more perfect way for this final evening together to have played out. And it was all hands-off, AI routines acting on their own simulated drives, coming together to create a narrative that feels real. Amazing.

  224. 309 dynaboyj June 1, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Aw…Kev was a horrible, mean guy, but it’s still sad to see him go. I’m glad he and Alice managed to somewhat make up before his passing.

  225. 310 Alex July 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    God this made me want to cry.

  226. 311 Kayla September 4, 2010 at 12:54 am

    This made me cry. I am crying right now. I can feel for both Kev and Alice. It breaks my heart.

  227. 312 Epic204 September 9, 2010 at 4:14 am

    OOOOOOOH OOOOOOH find a way to make him a new death type of ghost. A regretful old age. Old age death but make hyim come to life. They can live together a new segment Alice and Kev! The Ghost Of Regret

  228. 313 NorthAntrim October 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Awwww. Feel sorry for Kev, after Alice not letting him cry on her shoulder and him passing away :(

  229. 314 Jamessuperfun November 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Oh god. That is so sad. That almost made me cry when I read that.

  230. 315 Warken November 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    omg i almost started crying after reading this, and im a dude.
    And i kind of noticed Kev has a wedding band.

  231. 316 djohnre December 19, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Sorry to say but i’m not sad about Kev’s passing. I’vbe seen too many A–holes like him in my lifetime. But, i’m still interested to see how this affects Alice.

  232. 317 barfa March 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    This makes me feel very weird. About a year ago my father died, alone in his apartment. An old friend of his called the police after not reaching him for a couple of days.
    We always had a strained relationship. We never broke contact but it was no emotional intimacy between us at all. He had been a rather bad parent all my life and I just didn’t want him to be more part of my life than I had to.
    When I came to the apartment it was in a complete mess. Really really bad. Weeks of newspapers on the floor, tobacco stained wall paper, open food containers with mold, old dirty clothes that vere stuck to the floor, windows so dirty that the view out was like through a haze.
    He had been living in total misery for at least six months, probably on a lower level of misery for much longer time and then getting worse. But I had seen him as recently as a couple of weeks, and he seemed alright then, maybe a bit more tired.
    Reading this gameplay-story of a child and her abusive mentally unstable father I could recognize pieces of my own childhood, although we were far from homeless, and I was mostle raised by my (also mentally unstable) mother.
    The things that always move me the most in literature, cinema and other fiction, is when someone tries to change, to make something they made bad to be better, to right their wrongs and maybe in the end earn som forgiveness. Me and my father never came to that.
    Seeing these fictional characters this last day, fumbling at contact and communication, failing. But still in the end sharing a little bit of toghetherness, their relationship coming to an end, in the last day of the fathers life. I wonder what could have been said between me and my father, had he died at a hospital were I could have seen him a last time.
    Maybe we humans can in a general sense be described with as few motivations and needs as the couple of lines of code in this game. Maybe it’s just that simple: comfort, sharing and beeing seen. And then we fill in the details ourselves, and this makes us as unique and as alike as we are.

  233. 318 joham May 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

    i almost cryed at the last few words even though this is a video game.

  234. 319 Phil July 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Play ‘Life’ll kill ya’ (Warren Zevon) while you read this post. It is a very sad song, and almost seems made for this post

  235. 320 RIP Kev December 8, 2011 at 2:45 am

    awwww :( thats sad especially the last words… :/


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