Strange Social Rules

I spy a slight smile on Alice’s face as she boards the school bus the next morning. It seems making a friend has really brightened her mood, and possibly given her hope for the future.

She tries to keep her mood high by taking a day off from working hard at school, and she slacks off for the first time in her life. It gets her put in after-school detention. By the time she gets out, her mood is rotten again, and she’s exhausted.

She needs somewhere to lie down immediately, or she’s going to collapse in the road. She staggers over to the house across from the school, which she’s noticed is occupied.

It clearly takes her a lot of effort to remain standing while she waits for someone to answer the door.

The family lets her in. Not wanting to cause trouble with a new household, she tries to nap on their couch instead of going for their bed. But even this is considered inappropriate behaviour. These strange social rules don’t make sense to Alice. She just can’t win with these people.

Family life goes on around her as she naps through the afternoon.

Next: Optimism

52 Responses to “Strange Social Rules”

  1. 1 Andrew June 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Hello Robin,

    I stumbled across your website just the other day and read all about your Sims 3 project. I have to say, nice work. Your writing is superb and catchy, and you leave it impossible not to get drawn into the lives of these fictional characters. Kudos. After finishing all your current posts of Alice and Kev, I took a look at your other start. It’s so nice to see a blogger with a fresh perspective and a unique voice these days. I hope you keep up the excellent work! As another blogger myself, I wanted to say, it would be my honor to have you write a short guest blog for my site. My own blog is a collection of my own original work, written stories, poetry, songs, etc. with a heavy interest in all things artistic. I thought it would be really cool to have someone with a voice different from my own to come and talk about himself and his own art in a short post. If this sounds like something you would have the time for and be interested in let me know. You can find my blog at

    • 2 Cookiecoo July 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

      What he saidd luv your work but i dont blog much… I write though!!love it, i wrote a story bout a girl and her..flirty absent mother…whos pratically never there, when she is they fight,and when shes not there..well lets say shes,…”busy”…so the girl cooks her own meals, takes herself round town and eventually ends up crying… its really quite sad, but funny at times!:)Writing is FANTABULOSO!great work keep it up!

    • 3 Xoma July 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

      “You are being inappropriate.”

  2. 4 sis2sweet June 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome. You have shown me a whole level of this game that I did not even know existed. I can’t wait to start a new game!

  3. 8 Gogreen June 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    How come nobody accepts Alice?If I could,I’d make a loving household that would like her so much they’d adopt her without even caring about their stuff being broken 24/7.

  4. 9 CarnyK June 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Because of this, I was inspired to create my own homeless family, with a teenager named Vince and Cara, an insane woman he is unrelated to.
    I also built a shelter. Is that cheating?

    • 10 leftoverkumquats June 18, 2009 at 2:35 am

      I like the shelter idea. It gives you the chance to interact with the neighborhood homeless, not just one family.

  5. 11 Dolly June 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Fascinating. I am looking forward to reading more.

  6. 12 Tim June 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Haha — happy families are all alike. Unhappy families are all different. This was brilliant!

  7. 13 Matt June 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    You really have a talent for writing stories. I was saddened by some of the pictures and your story to go along with it, and at other points I was laughing my head off! You could make a job of these stories. Keep up the great work, thanks for brightening up my day!

  8. 14 Lack_26 June 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    This blog continues to make my day.

  9. 15 radomaj June 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    You’ve been mentioned on the official Sims 3 site! Nice.

  10. 16 BadSeed June 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more–I so hope things will look up for poor Alice!

  11. 17 Shanna June 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    This is amazing. I love this story and the social concerns it brings up. This should be picked up by a national news channel. I’ll do my best to email CNN until I see it on TV. THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU. I can’t wait to see more.

  12. 18 riana June 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    That is an amazing story, sad but amazing, I am sooo looking forward to reading more. The graphics are off the hook I could imagine it took tons of time, but it was worth it in the end. I just can’t wait to get the game. It’s like living a virtual life. Boy I cant wait to play the real thing!

    Thumbs up to all you Sims staff and those who contributed in any way in taking entertainment not only for kids but adults like myself to another level.!!!. 😀

  13. 19 Nallen June 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Wow, just…wow. This is such a great story. I’d actually be willing to pay for it, but I already have the Sims 3 😦 I hope someone recognises this incredible work and snaps you up for a book deal, as you are a great story teller.

  14. 20 Sara June 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Poor Alice I wish she could move in with my rock star and his wife. They love children.

  15. 21 chlo June 12, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    this is so great! i cant wait to see how their lives pan out.

    maybe you could do stories with other families too…?


  16. 22 Jaime June 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    AMAZING!!! please write more!

  17. 23 D June 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    great work, i really enjoyed reading up to here, hope to see more… i might actually download the sims 3 now

  18. 24 Kelly June 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    You should upload the family onto TS3 exchange so we can all download them and play them. I’d love to be able to play them.

  19. 26 Karen June 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    will Alice and Kev ever find their way back into society? :/ it worries me.

    great story! keep going! 😀

  20. 27 Eric Richardville June 12, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    At least they let her in to sleep. I wish everyone was as warm and welcoming as these people seem to be.

  21. 28 Little Miss Smile June 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Aww. I’m wanting the sims 3 so much now!

  22. 29 Jazzie June 12, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    This was good. I am kind of sad there’s not more. I feel bad for Alice and Kev, being stuck with such horrible traits.

  23. 30 Carley June 12, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    this story is amazing. its insanely addicting. i definitey wanna make my own homeless family now.

  24. 31 vroya June 12, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Came over from the official Sims 3 site and had to read your story from the beginning. Awesome talent… Never quit!

  25. 32 Sunny June 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Can’t she go to the gym? There’s showers, lounge chairs and a fridge there.

  26. 33 JoePlus June 12, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant and is going straight to the top of my bookmarks

  27. 34 arf513 June 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    wow. u r an amazing writer. but u need to come out with the next chapter soon. it’s really addicting. man now i really want the sims 3, why does it have to cost so much!!!!!!!

  28. 35 Steve Williams June 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I sent this link out yesterday to my co-workers – the consensus over here is that this is an amazing story!

    Real life is not about heroes and always gaining ground on life’s problems – your characters show the everyday glories that make us cheer that much more when an obstacle is overcome.

    Keep up the good work!

  29. 36 Link-yes, really June 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    This is awesome!!! Hey, you can share a family on the Sims 3 website, and let other people download it. Can you please upload this family??!?! I would love to play as them?

  30. 38 Y2Ken June 13, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Another touching episode… I cannot wait to see what the future holds for poor Alice. And hopefully Kev will find someone who can help set him straight.

  31. 39 Mark June 13, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Wow, I followed a link from SciFi Channel’s website tonight, and just finished reading the entire thing from the beginning…amazing!! I’m definitely going to buy The Sims 3, based on this blog alone. I can’t believe how emotional it is, the story of Alice is just incredible…it’s both heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

    Reminds me of the couple I created in The Sims 2. They lived together, got married, and grew old together–happy until they grew elderly. When that happened, they both realized how sad it was that they never had any kids. Very sad, because they were a very happy couple, otherwise. When the wife died, it broke his heart(and mine, lol).

    BTW, what’s been happening with Kev? It’s funny to see how being homeless, mentally ill and so angry all the time seems to have aged him. It’s been great seeing Alice find a way to be independent and away from his influence, but I have to admit I am curious about what’s he’s been up to while Alice has been maturing and finding a way to survive in the world.

  32. 40 Katie June 13, 2009 at 12:50 am

    That’s so funny because I was just over at someone’s house yesterday and someone fell asleep there; he didn’t care. Crazy Sims.

    Any one of my newly-wed Sim couples would be happy to adopt Alice! Poor girl.

  33. 41 Joey June 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I hope she gets a happy ending!

  34. 42 Azar June 13, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Hey, how do you get all of these new families? Do they come pre-made with the game, or did you make everybody yourself?

    • 43 roBurky June 13, 2009 at 10:39 am

      Almost all of the other characters are the default inhabitants of the Riverview neighborhood, which you can download for free from the Sims 3 website.

      • 44 STOPANDSTARE June 30, 2009 at 4:00 am

        I’ve downloaded Riverview, but it seems that it won’t let me install it. It seems that no matter what I try I can’t get it to install.

        Someone help me?

  35. 45 diana June 13, 2009 at 4:39 am

    i wanna play sooo bad now!! my dads getting me a new laptop so i cant play untill then. but after you play once you cant stop. !

  36. 46 Cameo June 13, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Superb! Absolutely superb! I actually work in a “welfare system” and contribute to our local homeless shelters and food banks, which is all I can afford. So I won’t be donating to your cause and apologize for that. Nor did I sign up for notifications of this story’s continued episodes either and apologize for that as well. I trust that you will give it a happy ending or at least a hopeful one.

    Thank you SO much for using TS3 as a platform to spread awareness of this extreme and heartbreaking problem. I wrote a VERY short story (only 10 pics/text) in TS2 last winter with “sim-selves” of me, a coworker and my boss in our office. See? We’re also doing our best but it IS a struggle, to say the least. Here’s the link, if you are interested:

    I wish you all the best and continued success in your mission.

  37. 47 Truffle June 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

    When I stumbled this I thought that this just couldn’t be a good story since I’m pretty much bored with The Sims 3 already and have seen so many boring stories. But I kept reading and soon discovered this is the best The Sims- story I have read in a long time.
    And reading this makes me wanna play The Sims 3 again. No wonder I thought it was boring when I only made perfect lucky sims.

    You’re a great story teller, I’m eagerly waiting for new posts.

  38. 48 Angelia June 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Ooh … maybe she can befriend that girl in the last shot! She might get some benefits from that.

  39. 49 Grand_Marquis June 17, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “Family life goes on around her as she naps through the afternoon.”

    Haha…is that what’s going on? It looks like randomness

  40. 50 ♥RAWR♥ June 21, 2009 at 2:48 am

    omg her jeans are awesome id buy them i wish i could find some like that in a store:(

  41. 51 Kajsa December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    hey! :O My sim is dating that guy with blond hair. Didnt know he had kids ._.”

  42. 52 Not a party animal February 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Why do all these people let complete strangers in? Stinky complete strangers. And then when the strangers won’t leave, sleep in their beds and use their showers without asking they take half a day to throw them out? Slightly unrealistic.

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