No more hugs. Not even pretend ones.

I mentioned that Alice is feeling stressed out now that she’s a teenager. When she was a child, she used to always get her homework done on time, and worked hard every day at school. She would often come home from school feeling strained, and the only way she could relax after working that hard was by cuddling her teddy.

She’s too old to cuddle teddy now. All she’ll do is hold him, but gets no enjoyment from it. She can’t even pretend that somebody loves her any more.

She won’t do her homework while this stressed. She won’t work hard at school. She is constantly miserable.

Finding something fun for Alice to do is a lot harder than you’d think. She’s still limited by a curfew, and her hours away from the park are often spent finding food or rest. Remembering her early days as a young child, I stopped her from going on the bus home after school again, and sent her to the school playground.

She had a happy few seconds on the swing before her exhaustion forced her to stop. She moved to the bench that used to be her home away from home, and napped. But she was still despairingly exhausted when she woke.

Then she just sat there, and cried.

Next: Rejected

44 Responses to “No more hugs. Not even pretend ones.”


  1. 1 Jazmeister June 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

    This is really sad. Why can’t more games threaten you with this as a lose state? I’m hooked.

  2. 2 Rankaratar June 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

    You heartless bastard!

  3. 5 D.Warrior June 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    So sad! But quite the story!

  4. 6 Steven June 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    She should have been a kleptomaniac, that way she could have at least have stolen a bed…

  5. 10 JMBIndy June 12, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Things will get better for her, right? RIGHT???

  6. 12 Sarah June 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I’m practically bawling here. Poor Alice!

  7. 13 Dansiman June 13, 2009 at 12:55 am

    I cried a little myself when I saw the last picture.

  8. 15 CoolHandNuke June 13, 2009 at 5:37 am

    And I thought I was cold-hearted making my sim wet themselves once, then moving on. This took a disturbing amount of thought on your part. Good thing this game doesn’t have drugs or Alice would be on heroine by now, sheesh ( :O I’m “Trolling on Forums” just like my sim!😄 )

  9. 16 Angelia June 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Wow … poor Alice! I feel really sorry for her. She did nothing wrong, and her life just keeps spiraling down the proverbial toilet. :O(

  10. 17 Sara June 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    OMG!!! This is SO sad!!! Now I’m afraid for my life…

  11. 18 Helena June 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Is Adictive!

  12. 20 pinkkhearts June 16, 2009 at 4:07 am

    awww thats so sad!😦 poor alice.

  13. 21 neon June 16, 2009 at 9:50 am

    WOW,,,are you purposely making life hard for these guys coz its really easy to stay happy even when homeless. just take your sims to the gym and they can shower there and eat from the fridge. they can eat from others picnics and make BBQs at the park too. So were you trying to purposely not let them do all that to see what they would act like? great story though…..i love love love it so far!

  14. 24 YourSweetestHunny June 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Amazing… pleeeeeease give the kid a break!!!

  15. 25 Homeless June 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    BAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ;_;

  16. 26 Nick June 21, 2009 at 12:57 am

    It would be better if there were drugs. I love this i remember playing sims 1 and letting house burn on fire and putting them in a pool with no ladder to get out. This is priceless

  17. 27 Blondie June 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Alice should runaway and turn into Alice in Wonderland >.<

  18. 29 Diamonique June 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    awww that sucks..poor alice..happy it turns out good for her😦 *sigh*

  19. 30 coolmaggie June 24, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Good thing there’s no suicide or else Alice might have killed herself already

    • 31 dynaboyj June 1, 2010 at 4:58 am

      You kinda can do suicide, unfortunately…you can lock them in a room, and they’ll die of starvation. Or you can drown them, or deliberately start a fire… ;(

      I feel so bad for poor Alice. I hope she finds a beautiful man so she can leave her hobo dad and get some happiness.

  20. 32 flash games arcade June 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    OMG. She just sat there and cried? =[
    Why would you report something so sad like this? =[

  21. 33 Olivia July 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I’m loving this story… your writing gives a real attachment to the characters! Poor Alice! =(

  22. 34 Gladita July 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I hadn’t think about that… but I agree with neon, she can find food anywhere she wants in the city!!

    Why does she has to be so miserable?

    Anyway… i like it… more drama please!!

  23. 35 Sophie July 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Lol @ blondie (:

  24. 36 Mistrust August 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    oh god, don’t you have pity on her?

    kidding! but, oh, I feel for her… I really do!

  25. 37 simStruck6 October 1, 2009 at 4:14 am

    yeah, emli; she was gettin on my nerves with her nonsense! this is addictin tho, sooo sad. u can’t help wondering what happens next. great job, roburky.

  26. 38 Carson November 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Ahww! This is so sad, but I love it! I’m addicted to this story! Hehe🙂

  27. 39 douxdel April 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    This is sooo sad. Did you know she could get free showers and food at the local gym? You could also have her make friends at school so she could be invited over to their houses after school.

    -sniffles- Can I hug Alice?

  28. 40 Jess May 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Poor Alice, I feel bad for the girl. =-(

  29. 41 Suzzi Q August 8, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Gosh….at least let her shower at the gym….

  30. 42 Kara May 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

    If they can’t afford a home, why the school and job stuff? How can she be able to go to school / who is paying for school ?? (in the real world school costs money but I know in sim world I guess school is free or paid for by taxes or something….*shrugs*)

  31. 43 selahgio September 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Poor Alice x_X Now I’m even more hooked Good job :3

  32. 44 Luna December 15, 2011 at 12:33 am

    o.o Even with the teddy bear…she looks really kick-a** in that first picture.😄
    Actually, I think the teddy adds to it X3


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