Eventually, Alice reaches Zedadias’ spare bed without collapsing. She gets a full night’s sleep, and wakes feeling well rested for the first time in her life.

She concedes to Zedadias that he probably ought to cook breakfast. She insists on cleaning up afterwards, though.

Which inevitably leads to a broken sink again.

She tries to act like nothing happened and starts reading through the romance novels on Zedadias’ bookshelf, but she’s still worrying about the mess she’s made.

Zedadias isn’t bothered about the broken sink. He just wants to play tag. This is Zedadias’ second favourite activity in the world, and if I leave the two of them alone together for any length of time, a game of it is soon proposed. It’s as if Zedadias is helping Alice make up for her lost childhood.

Alice still has her part-time job at the supermarket, and she’s feeling pretty good when she walks into town in the afternoon.

After work, she comes back to Zedadias’ house, but stops by the mailbox.

And another day’s pay is sent off to charity.

Next: He’s not happy

198 Responses to “Tag”

  1. 1 Simon July 7, 2009 at 11:37 am

    i can’t believe i feel pride and respect for a video game character. she’s got a good ‘soul’ so to speak.

    • 2 Kameron July 7, 2009 at 11:57 am

      Wow, even though she is just a video game character, she has a heart. She puts other people behind herself. She looks like she’s having so much fun when she’s playing tag!!! She’s finally having fun now that Kev is gone!! She doesn’t have the green odor anymore that she used to have. She also got to sleep in a BED instead of the benches she usually sleeps on!! YAY FOR ALICE!!!

      • 3 lilly July 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

        Alice is being kind and yes mabey she could put a little money away but at least its going to good use.

    • 4 Sean Nostin July 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      No, she is a fool. Her donations are downright irresponsible considering her predicament. If anything she could have paid for the sink she just broke.

      • 5 DoctorDisaster July 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

        Agreed. I want to slap her every time she does this. On the other hand, I suppose freeloading is more familiar to her than actually paying for anything would be.

      • 6 Viridescent July 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

        Calm down Sean, it’s just a game character.

      • 7 abby July 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm

        well i woudn’t slap her but i do think she should save her money

      • 8 fontgoddess July 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

        Looking at the way the game is programmed, rather than Alice as a fictional character, Sims with the “good” attribute will always, at some point, want to donate to charity, regardless of their financial state. Also, the money is managed by household β€” so if Alice doesn’t spend her money as she chooses, Kev may start buying stuff with her salary. I think that it will be good for her to start saving, but this may work best when she actually has a full-time job and is not part of a “household” with her father.

      • 9 Lola July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm

        hey it’s her money, and i agree with Kameron

      • 10 Miao July 7, 2009 at 10:19 pm

        She’s a computer game character. If there’s one person who is to be chastised, it’s the person controlling her; he’s the one who gave her her the Clumsy, Unlucky, and possibly Loser traits that caused her to break nearly everything she touched; and he’s the one who granted her wish to donate to charity because it makes her happy.

      • 11 forrestgoodson July 8, 2009 at 5:25 am

        i think it was a smart idea on robin’s part to let her donate it. after all, they/she are homeless sim(s)…(i suspect kev is close to death)

      • 12 lillana July 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

        Alice is not a fool

      • 13 Maddox July 9, 2009 at 12:10 am

        Just as The Sims 3 TV spot says, you (the player) giveth. And you taketh away. You can choose to fulfill their wishes, or you can intervene and prevent them.

        Sometimes a Sim’s wish isn’t in his/her best interest. Not to go back to the topic of religion, but The Sims is an interesting study in the idea of diety. Left alone, all Sims have free will. But through your guiding hand you can make their lives better or worse.

        I’ve created a number of flawed characters too, and usually I end up trying to help them. I force loners to mingle, the lazy to do work, and the commitment-fearers to propose marriage, as uncomfortable as it makes them. And my evil character always wants to donate money to undermine causes — or to do other evil things. I often cancel such wishes.

    • 14 Samantha July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

      I wonder if the donating to charity is added to inspire us to donate to charity also. I know it can be done in game but I can’t help but wonder if there was more reason to it.

      • 15 celara July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm

        I think that in part, Alice’s donations also have to do with mood. Alice hasn’t had much in her life to feel good about, and to be able to do donate to charity and do something good for others gives her a mood boost for 24 hours. I’m sure that now that she’s had a good night’s sleep, a full belly, some fun and positive socialization, that Alice is probably in the best mood she’s been in ever.

      • 16 Ray July 8, 2009 at 2:20 am


        The person controlling her didn’t give her those traits. I’m pretty sure she just earned them due to her awful childhood.

    • 17 sixsevenTrOoPeR July 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm

      me 2 πŸ™‚ shes sweet but stupid no offense 2 her, but i would save at least a BIT of my money…

    • 18 JMBailey July 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm

      it is good to be willing to give in good times as well as bad.

  2. 19 Danni July 7, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I found this on another site and read it all. I’m so hooked already. Getting the Sims3 this month :p

  3. 20 Acijan July 7, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Alice should really make her own life better. I know charity is important but she’s homeless.

    • 21 Kameron July 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

      agreed, but she’s such a nice person considering after all she’s been through, she still donates to charity

    • 22 Nikki July 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      Totally!!! I mean, she’s a really nice person that she’s thinking of charity before herself, but plenty of people send in charity money everyday and Alice does not need to! She needs to take care of herself… and maybe start a family with Zed???

      • 23 Laur July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

        But isn’t there a charity for homelessness that you can choose from? And if there was, shouldn’t her family get a portion of that money? Or is it just a fake charity that some company made to make an extra buck?

  4. 24 Debaser July 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

    She looks exceptionnaly determined during that game of tag.

  5. 27 Colton July 7, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Wow, this is a great story.. I’m 100% hooked! You take great shots too, you know all the perfect angles:) I can’t wait for moree!

  6. 30 Rondette July 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Oh, bless her. She looks like she hates that she is giving that money away but knows it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. I wonder what charity she gives to?

    I love that she’s so clumsy, reminds me of me a bit. I always break stuff.

    Love this blog, thanks!

  7. 31 honeymonster July 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Can you actually give your paycheck to charity in the game? I started playing last night after reading this yesterday and haven’t found it yet.

  8. 36 gvx July 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for this story. Unfortunately, Alice seems to become happy. It is unfortunate, because it can only mean two things: either they’ll get a happy ending, and then we will have no more Alice and Kev; or something bad will happen to Alice and/or Kev…

    Keep up the good work!

  9. 37 Marie July 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    D: How sweet of Alice!

  10. 38 Meeky Chuppet July 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Keep them coming, I’m addicted to this. Fantastic story!

  11. 39 Jerry July 7, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    And here I was thinking you mean Tag as in the german word for day, after all those nighttime stories…

  12. 40 Anu July 7, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “romance novels on Zedadias’ bookshelf” πŸ˜€

  13. 42 Lunagal July 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I have a couple of questions about the story:
    1) Did Zedadius come with the game? I haven’t seen him?

    2)WHy don’t you have Alice try some gardening or harvest from another soim’s garden? That’s what I do for my poor sims

    3)What’s the cheat for getting rid of a family’s money?

    • 43 Tricia July 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm

      There is no cheat to get rid of money. The best way, though a bit time-consuming, is to spend it all on fish, then release all the fish in a pond or lake.

      • 44 uknortherner July 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm

        @Tricia – Actually there is a cheat to get rid of money. Open the console window (CTRL+SHIFT+C) and type in “testingcheatsenabled true” (minus quotes).

        Then, with the window still open (if it’s closed, use CTRL+SHIFT+C again), type in “FamilyFunds 0” to wipe out their bank balance. Hit esc to exit the console.

    • 45 Kathersha July 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      1. I don’t think so. I had a guy named “Cycl0ne Sw0rd” show up in my town who looks a lot like Zededias.
      2. The author isn’t taking any easy cash routes.
      3. a. testingcheatsenabled true
      b. familyfunds (family name) 0

      (I’m not sure if the familyfunds cheat will work for ‘Bin Diver’ since it is two words)

      • 46 Sara July 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

        Cycl0ne Sw0rd showed up in my town too! I wanna know what’s up with him. That’s such an odd name.

      • 47 Rachel July 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

        Cycl0ne Sw0rd in my my town. He is apart of the ‘Roomates’ Household. This is included in the game.

      • 48 Samantha July 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm

        yeah cyclone is there from the open of a neighborhood, hes not random. I would love to know where Z came from myself. There is the chance he is the child of NPC parents or moved in from out of town (if you read the sim newspaper you can keep up to date with people who move in and out of town and both births and deaths of people in the neighborhood, and weddings and game scores, lol its actually fun to read the paper now). He seems like such an awesome guy though…wish i had more of those in town…I think the majority of mine are insane anymore.

    • 49 Alexander July 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

      Zed comes with the town Riverview

      • 50 Samantha July 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

        I haven’t seen him there either though. The house he lives in is completely empty on my game and I’ve searched all the others.

  14. 51 Casi Nerina July 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Love it. It’s so fun.

  15. 52 Jazmeister July 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Zedadias is either very wise and caring, or he’s, you know. The man plays tag.

  16. 53 Alexis July 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Hi, great blog, firstly! I love it!

    Um…how did you get all these photos up? I was thinking of starting my own Sims 3 blog (nothing like yours!) and I need to know how you got the pics up? How ddi you get them from the game?

    • 54 Sara July 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

      If you press f10, it clears the Sims screen of any windows/dialogs. If you press c, it will take a screen capture.

      • 55 Pantalones July 7, 2009 at 6:12 pm

        Well, that’s a much better answer than mine. But fyi, you can also click shift+prnt scrn, and then V in a graphics program to get your entire screen as an image. You can only get one image at a time that way though, as far as I can tell, and of course it sounds like it’s much more time-consuming than just pressing c.

  17. 56 livvi July 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Awww, why’d she do that??

    That has to be the cutest thing ever, Zedidas playing tag. I think its perfect how he’s childish, and Alice never go to be that.

  18. 57 Janette July 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Is there any chance you could make Zedidas avaiable for download? I’d like to have him in my game. πŸ˜€

  19. 60 Nick Neutron July 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    The picture of them playing tag is cute. I feel happy for Alice and it’s nice of her to donate to charity but she should look after herself first.

  20. 61 Mr Gray Tiger July 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    What is Alice’s lifetime aspiration and traits? You didn’t tell us the last one she got as a young adult…

  21. 62 Susanna July 7, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    This is a cool story and everything. Definitely entertaining. But it’s kind of aggravating seeing Alice be so stupid; it’s also a disturbingly realistic depiction.

  22. 63 Ahtkar July 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    so, when is the marriage?

  23. 64 kansine July 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Hehe, the childish sims ALWAYS wants to play tag, play with the mirror or even play with toys if they’re available πŸ˜€ They’re simply a bit retard XD But that’s just cute πŸ™‚

    • 65 Maria July 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm

      I know! I made a childish sim (young adult) and my sim had a little brother (child), and my childish sim would always play tag, or play with toys when I wasn’t looking πŸ˜€

  24. 66 Jessica July 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Aggh! I love Alice — but every time she donates her money to charity I die a little inside. What a selfless thing to do, it makes me happy, but–man! What I’d give to see her keep some money for herself.

  25. 67 Titanslayer July 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Alice needs to marry that man.

  26. 68 Erika July 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I’m glad this post is slightly longer and I can’t wait until they get married!

  27. 69 Sam July 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Alice has cute PJs. Is this the first time she’s actually worn them?

  28. 70 Alicia July 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I can’t wait for them to marry and have children.

  29. 71 Lucas M. Engelhardt July 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Actually, I’m going to applaud Alice’s giving. After all, there are people out there who do have it worse than she does. She at least has a friend who is willing to feed her and provide a bed on occasion.

    I find it odd that some think she should be more self-centered…

  30. 72 Kaori July 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    What about Kev? What happened to him?
    I’m eager to find out!!
    This is such an entertaining story- I check everyday to find out more!

  31. 73 Eric July 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    This stuff is better than soap operas. Also, where the heck is Kev going?

  32. 74 Mythos July 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The truth is, Alice is an AI character. She doesn’t realize she’s homeless – she knows she’s got little money and decides to donate to charity anyhow, but it’s not like it can be selfish anyway. It just follows routines.

    I still like her attitude though.

    • 75 Samantha July 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      I had a good sim that always wanted to donate to charity, it sucked because it was an easy wish to grant for he but it also meant she wouldn’t be able to save up for a larger house. She had the be surrounded by family lifetime wish and was in a 2 bedroom house (actually it was the same as what Z lives in now) and it wasn’t nearly big enough for 5 kids. She still refused to save any money though.

  33. 76 Teresa July 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    You should make Alice take some Handiness classes at the military base. Maybe she can fix the stuff she breaks …..

    • 77 Samantha July 7, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      well I don’t think she could take classes ($400 a class is quite a bit steep for alice…specially so long as she keeps donating) but she could read a book.

  34. 78 Anon July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Okay, this has been bothering me. How exactly do you “break” a sink? Honestly, if you put me in front of one and told me to break it, I would have no idea how.

    I think the reason Alice gives away all her money might be because being broke and homeless is all she knows, and she’s scared of the responsibilities that come with having money. It’s not like she could ever save up enough for a house as a grocer, but she’d feel less guilty begging from others if she didn’t have any money at all. Maybe not, but I think it’s a possibility.

    • 79 Sarah July 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      Hi,my husband can break a sink in under five minutes,lol!
      He’s broken three and I have to buy ones that have handles because they last longer. He’s broken showers,door knobs,locks,toliets(twice, when he fell out of the shower)..Etc…=)

  35. 81 Katie July 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Aww… Zed and Alice really need to get together because they are adorable.

    I also realized that, AFAIK, this is the first time we’ve seen her pajamas. How sad is that?

  36. 84 MoraSue July 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    The author just wants to keep her poor so she has alice donate her money- a sign that the story will be prolonged- the longer she is poor the longer she is actually homeless and interesting. I still think its stupid to donate ALL of her money though. sheesh.

  37. 88 Jen July 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Does Alice even have a real job or just the part-time job?

    • 89 celara July 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm

      She’s part time right now. I’m hoping she gets a job soon that will allow her enough to still donate a bit to charity, but allow her a little money to spend to improve her own quality of life.

      • 90 ND July 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

        she’s an adult now, she should walk into the store and say Make me full time or I’m going elsewhere, and then get a career going. Though it is in the rules of the game that they would deny any opportunities at promotion, I don’t think full time work would stand under that umbrella.

  38. 91 Mosim July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Anyone else notice that she looked pissed in that last shot? Maybe she will change her mind about donating every check to charity… I think she will eventually decide that she wants to actually buy something for herself – then again, maybe she’ll just buy something for Zed.

  39. 92 PrettyBluLuv July 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Alice needs to hook up with Zed… He has been very good to her.

  40. 93 angela July 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Anyone want to start bets on Alice and Zedadias hooking up

  41. 95 Sara July 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I wish that Alice would invest some of the money in herself, with the expectation that such an outlay would result in the eventual ability to be able to make much larger future contributions to charity.

    I just love this story. I have played Sims2 voraciously in the past, and still play on occasion. I have Sims3 but have yet to install it… this blog makes me wonder what I’m waiting for!

  42. 96 S4V4G3 Koenig July 7, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I was unaware that you could give money away to charities in TS3

  43. 97 Ashley July 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Awwww that’s so sweet of alice but sometimes she should think of herself then charity.

  44. 98 rabassa1 July 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Oh I SOOO hope they get together.

  45. 99 Brandi July 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I have to disagree with the people who are upset at the fact that alice is donating to a charity there is always someone who is in a worst position than you are you may say what can be worst than being homeless? well people that are sick and have cancer or other death threatening illnesses those with no food at all to eat I think alice feels she has food in her stomach and she found shelter and she is alive and not sick she found someone who is willing to take care of her give her shelter,food and a place to sleep and she feels there are people out there in a much worst position than she is. and regardless this only being a game it is a very realistic game and that is why i like it because weather alice is a sim or not there are people just like alice who do the same thing =) and I respect people like alice

  46. 100 Johnny C. July 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    This Sim is a better person then me in real life xD

  47. 101 Katherine July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I love this series! I’ve even created my own homeless people!
    Oh, and the donation thing. I really admires Alice the first tiem she did it, but the second time seemed like it was a chore rather than a choice.

  48. 102 Kendra July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks fer improving the quality, nothing like a lazy author. πŸ˜€

  49. 105 JayBee July 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    ok. I’ve said it before, but I’m saying it again -I’m hooked.

  50. 106 Shadowheart July 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Alice and Z are so cute =) But I think Z must be a full adult since he is taller than her.

  51. 107 soren121 July 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I like Alice’s shirt. Looks like a Hollister shirt. o_O

  52. 108 Azalea_Sway July 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Thinks are kind of looking up. I just have a sinking feeling that something in the story’s going to happen, and it’s nothing we’d be happy about. Well, either way, I just really want to know what’ll happen in this story. I don’t care if there’s a happy ending or not, but that would be really nice for Alice.

  53. 109 Kelsey July 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Yeah! You wrote a lot today πŸ™‚ Great story, I love it!

  54. 110 Lord dA jOsh July 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I think she’s just downright insane…she probably gets it from Kev, whom by the way, i’m expecting to seriously die in the next post or 2. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like hearing a nice story about how Alice managed to find even a LITTLE happiness in her world…but i mean, Kev marched strait out to Sim Henge, yelled at it. (or himself) passed out in a field, only to wake up the next day, walk all day, and pass out from hunger.
    I bet you ANYTHING if he hadn’t shacked up with that old hag he was drooling over, he would still be relatively young. At least younger then he is now, and he just MIGHT have been able to survive a pilgrimage out to the henge like that. The only thing that could save him NOW, is coming across a house ANYWHERE…cause knowing Kev, he’ll just walk right in and make himself a snack, Use the toilet, and punch out the family goldfish….

  55. 111 Lord dA jOsh July 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    PS; And the pic number 2 and 3, for just a split second, gave me the impression that they were seconds from making out and possibly on the verge of creating a grandchild for her [(soon-to-be)(dead] beat} father πŸ˜›
    Kev is psychotic…
    I think what really does it for me (and him too apparently), is that he THOROUGHLY enjoys talking trash about, and making fun of her to OTHER RANDOM STRANGERS THAT JUST HAPPEN TO BE WALKING BY while she sleeps on a bench…


  56. 112 geno July 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I wish she’d put the money toward a repairman, if nothing else. I hope she and Zed find happiness, though. πŸ™‚

  57. 113 John July 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I love this blog. I think this is such a great idea, and the way the story is unfolding is just fantastic.

    So what I’m saying is that I would REALLY love to see more than one post a day. I know it sounds silly, but waiting a whole day to find out what happens next is killing me.

  58. 114 Hayley July 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Awwwww!Go Alice.When she was giving away her money in the second to last shot it looked she was kind of sad to give her money away.In the last shot it looks like she was actually happy to do it.Wow!Alice is a better person than I am&she isn’t even real.Fontgoddess does make a very good point about the money being shared in the household about if Alice doesn’t spend her paycheck the way she wants than Kev will have the availability to spend her paycheck however he chooses.Alice and Z really need to take their relationship to the next level already.They look wayyyyyyyy too cute together to not be a couple.They would have some really pretty kids.Alice actually looks happpy.This is the first time we have see her PJs they are also cute.I wonder if Kev has died yet.I’m waiting for it to happen.Great post as always(:

  59. 115 Bunny July 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    To people saying that Alice should stop giving to charity.

    I used to work as a (don’t hit me, please!) door-to-soor charity canvasser when I was a student. The little old ladies living in tiny houses with 15 cats and no central heating ALWAYS gave. I used to try to avoid asking them and just “chat about the charity” and they were always friendly, always had time to listen and INSISTED on giving. The working class mums with kids always gave. The poor students living off of beans always gave.

    The people in big houses with shiny silver cars used to set their dogs on me. Literally.

    Alice is a good person, and she is poor. When you have next to nothing, and have been even worse off, Β£5 seems like a fortune and suddenly having a whole wage packet can be daunting – you feel rich! It feels easy to give when you have so little, even if it doesn’t make sense.

    • 116 Miao July 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

      Agreed! People who are poor or have once been poor can appreciate how difficult life can be and how even a little bit of money can mean so much. Those who have never known a life in which money was not plentiful can’t empathize with their situation, and tend to think that the poor are lazy good-for-nothings.

    • 117 Ingrid July 8, 2009 at 3:16 am

      Bunny, dear, that is why the little old ladies don’t have central heat and the bastards have big houses and shiny luxury cars.

      At least that’s what I’ve seen from having worked in the personal lives of both kinds.

      Me? I wanna be one of those little old ladies. πŸ™‚

      • 118 Chris July 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

        Worse, I wouldn’t be surprised if the people running the charity Bunny was canvassing for are ‘silver car owners’, too. See PTL. :-/

  60. 119 Andrew July 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I LOVE THIS! This is great. I love how Alice cares more for charity over herself.

  61. 120 NekoRico July 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I love this story. I wonder how kev is.
    I think it is interesting how she keeps choosing to donate. I love how much this game has expanded to let personalities choose to perform actions like these at their free will. Its AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  62. 121 katierose July 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    did Alice move in with Zedadias or is she just staying there and awwwwwwwwww Alice is such a good person we could all learn alot from her even if shes not real the mere fact that she gives even when she has so little is very touching

  63. 122 Taylor July 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I think Alice should move in with Zed she practiclly lives with him anyway I also think a little romance should go on between them. You know make sparks fly.

  64. 123 Heirii13 July 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    What’s strange is that as soon as I started to read this chapter the song “Let’s Talk About Love” by Mindy McCready started to play. It was so strange because it almost sounded like she was singing about Alice for a moment there.
    “There’s a little girl across the railroad tracks
    From the poor side of town
    The only clothes that she has ever known
    Are some worn out jeans her brother handed down
    But everyday on the way to school
    She sees the homeless in the street
    She takes a quarter that she saved for milk
    And lays it on the sidewalk at their feet

    Talk about love, true love
    You wanna talk about reaching out, when the whole world’s given up
    We hold the power to change a life with just one touch.”

    You should check it out when you get the chance, because it was just so perfect that this song played at that exact moment. Especially when many people were so against Alice’s actions of giving her money to a charity. There’s someone out there who has it worse than her, and if she gives money… then maybe one person will live a better life because of a few lost simoleons (in this case). What if someone in a similar situation to Alice’s had donated money that could’ve reached Alice when she was a child? She might’ve been able to afford food for a few days, or some toys that could’ve acted as a retreat from her father. Because of her past experiences she knows what it’s like, and she wouldn’t wish that on anyone else for all of the simoleons in her pocket.

  65. 124 Miao July 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Empathy–something sorely lacking nowadays. Why isn’t she keeping the money for herself, since she needs it more, people ask?

    For one thing, she is a computer game character, and her controller is merely fulfilling her wishes, which were generated by the game’s coding.

    Even if she were a human being who was actually aware of her situation, yet donated anyway, she realizes something profound: if you give back to society, you will be rewarded in one way or another.

  66. 125 Kimmberly July 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Alice is such a good sim.she gave her days salary to charity how sweet.

  67. 126 Anon July 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    “She looks like she’s having so much fun when she’s playing tag!!!”

    Really? It looks like she’s completely disinterested to me.

  68. 127 Nicole July 7, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I’m so glad Alice finally got to sleep in a bed!
    And I think it is wonderful that she gives her money away,
    even though she really shouldn’t!
    What is her lifetime wish?

  69. 128 Salinda July 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I’m obsessed! This is wonderful.

  70. 129 Lescentive July 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

    my sim characters aren’t as interesting, they do the norm, except my green-thumb genius sim, i had her quit her political career but now she wants to be a criminal mastermind.. how weird, didn’t peg her to be that way..

    hmm.. alice, what is her lifetime wish? I don’t recall what it is now, since she is a young adult.

    Great verbiage on the characters with little interjection from you… if I let my sims run like you did, i think they would starve to death reading because of their traits.. they just can’t seem to stop reading..

  71. 130 Serena July 8, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Just out of curiosity, roBurky is referred to as “HIM” but I haven’t seen anything that would indicate male/female. The name Robin is unisex. I initially thought that roBurky was a female, but I guess the gamer thing has everyone thinking roBurky is male. I did see one article that doesn’t make ANY reference to him/her so I don’t think everyone is convinced one way or the other. Has anyone actually met roBurky? I’m not trying to offend roBurky, and maybe the secret is intentional. But I keep reading “him” and I’m wondering why that’s assumed. I would think that a female gamer with this sort of talent would be massively cool, although if you are a guy roBurky I still think you’re cool πŸ™‚

    • 131 Desert Rat July 8, 2009 at 12:40 am

      I never really gave the sex of the author a thought. I generally don’t.

      Sadly, game design is a male dominated field, though that is changing some, I think, but The Sims series has always been a game with a near even male/female ratio of players (in fact, it may actually have more female players, a rarity in the gaming world).

      As for your comment, this series is basically the storyboard of a silent film with a narrative. It’s the writing, not the pictures that turn it into a good story. And women have been writing good, and at many times great fiction for hundreds of years now, just as much as men.

      If I had to guess, Robin is male, but that’s a wild a** guess, and I wouldn’t be totally shocked to be wrong.

    • 133 kev4ever July 8, 2009 at 1:29 am

      According to Wikipedia, “Robin” is more commonly regarded as a male given name in the UK.

    • 134 Ingrid July 8, 2009 at 3:17 am

      Samantha’s posts indicate she knows RoBurky and she’s said he’s male.

      • 135 gvx July 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

        If that’s true, that would save me from some confusion. Me and all the other Robins I personally know are male, but I also know that Robin is a unisex name.

        Interesting how someone’s gender is so important for one’s impression of that person…


  72. 136 Rachel July 8, 2009 at 12:11 am

    wow this whole story is heartbreaking.
    I almost started to cry while I was reading it!

  73. 137 Desert Rat July 8, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Jeez, Zed. Get with the program and marry this girl. You could hardly find better.

  74. 138 Viv July 8, 2009 at 12:43 am

    What i want to know is whatever happened to Alice’s mom. Somebody had to fall in love with kev to make that happen. Plus Kev does not seem like the type to addopt a child…

  75. 139 kev4ever July 8, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Am I the only one who can see the fear in Alice’s eyes in the fourth picture? RUN, CHILD! WON’T SOME STOCKING-CAPPED, GRAY-BEARDED, ELDERLY HOMELESS MAN SAVE THIS POOR WOMAN FROM HER RELENTLESS PURSUER???

  76. 140 Cody July 8, 2009 at 1:40 am

    i was looking around in the family bin and found a family called Man same traits as kav and alice think the same name too

  77. 142 Chris July 8, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Heh. Given the framing in the second pic, am I the only one who thought that the followup to Alice suggesting Z make breakfast would likely be her having this odd desire for sausage? πŸ˜‰

    And on the subject of Alice and the charities… I think the main problem here isn’t that she’s giving money to charity, it’s that she’s giving *all* of her money to charity. Isn’t there any way to fulfill both the responsibility to yourself (paying bills, maintaining yourself (ie, food, clothing, etc), and dealing with other financial responsibilities–like repair costs for things you keep breaking. πŸ˜‰ ) *and* donate as well? Or is it a set minumum amount to donate or something? Donating *some* to charity is, as many have pointed out, a good thing. But repeatedly donating it all…suggests either a bit of insanity on the donator’s part, or that the charity is a PTL-type scam that guilt-trips people into self-destructive behavior. :-/

  78. 143 Erik July 8, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I’m clean freak, and this has been bothering me for a while…

    I noticed the green cloud is gone. Did Alice finally get a shower???

  79. 144 illyrialegacy July 8, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Nice job, Robin. I’m sure your goal with the donation was to illicit reactions and responses from your readers, and you did that in spades! People are getting pretty worked about about her choices. That’s a good sign that you’re writing an effective character.

    And for the people asking question about donations, I don’t think the Sims will ever donate on their own. They only get a wish to donate that you can grant, so it has to be player-initiated. And you can donated various amounts between $100 and $10000. Odds are that there was a little bit of literary liberty in saying that she donated exactly all of her money to charity.

  80. 146 Sayoni July 8, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Jeez everyone’s gettin into this…its almost a flame war. anyway luv the post, keep em up.

  81. 147 NikkiBee July 8, 2009 at 2:51 am

    aww thts so sweet and childish Zed is helping Alice have fun for once they’d make such a cute couple!! ;D

  82. 148 myv~rocks July 8, 2009 at 3:11 am

    i really hope Zed falls in love with Alice!

  83. 149 Ingrid July 8, 2009 at 3:26 am

    For the record, I rather like it that Alice has more boundaries than a cat in heat. And peeping into the intimate lives of others through the media is so overdone I’d find it creative and refreshing if Alice pursued hers discretely.

    • 150 Desert Rat July 8, 2009 at 4:49 am

      Oh, come on. At some point, there has to be some payoff.

      Not that Alice necessarily needs to do the marriage, house, husband, kids routine to be the payoff, but it’d at least be nice to see her in a situation where she’s happy and content.

  84. 151 kaelaChanelle July 8, 2009 at 4:34 am

    i love this, i think Alice and Zedadias’should be together. what a good person Alice is, giving her money to charity. πŸ™‚

  85. 152 Lunagal July 8, 2009 at 4:41 am

    thanks for the answers

  86. 153 Doodles July 8, 2009 at 5:13 am

    This is an awesome blog! Keep up the good work!

  87. 154 selenalore July 8, 2009 at 5:47 am

    This is soo totally awesome. I’d have to wait a few months though to try and get the game. I’ve got to much in my RL planned for this month to spend a lot of money right now. Going to visit the folks in a week.

  88. 155 LiteratiTempo July 8, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I think Alice is a true optimist, and a really good sim(?). She knows that there are charismaless sims, llamas, trees, illiterate sims whatever charity that she is donating too filled with people who don’t have benches or people like Z to be kind to her. She has a job, a play to stay, family (no matter how twisted), and now friends. It’s nice to see Kev’s negative views about life haven’t rubbed off on her.

  89. 156 Cantras July 8, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Because of her facial expression, I must ask: What was in her thought-bubble when she was talking to the Shirtless Zed?

  90. 157 Rain July 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

    O.O I want them to get hitched! Please! lol! this is a fgreat sotry, Don’t stop!

  91. 159 John Smith July 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    lol @ shot number 2

  92. 160 Elfie July 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I have to say I’m curious about Alice’s lifetime wish as well.

  93. 161 Zepheera July 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

    In response to all the people applauding Alice for donating all of her money to charity because “there’s always someone out there worse off than she is”, let me propose this idea.

    She has no money for food, no shelter, no bed, and the job she has doesn’t supply her with meals.

    She donates money to charity under the above conditions.

    Now she has to mooch off her neighbors, friends, and acquaintances to simply survive. She breaks just about everything that she touches, even if by accident, causing these sims to have to expend money and/or time to fix said items, all the while supplying her with food and board occasionally.

    Under the circumstances, by donating her minimum wage paycheck, she has made a minuscule improvement on a small group of people’s lives, whereas she has caused both herself, and everyone around her quite a lot of hardship and trouble that could have been avoided.

    Like the saying goes, charity starts at home…

    • 162 Kansine July 8, 2009 at 11:30 am

      That’s so true! πŸ˜€ What’s the point of giving to charity if she anyway “takes what she needs” from others… πŸ˜›

    • 163 Kathersha July 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

      In real life, I would agree completely. And I would also think that they were a little bit insane… For the game, however, it makes sense. If she donates, she gets the ‘charitable’ moodlet. With that, she has a better mood, and gets closer to a raise in her job and has greater long-term advantages. This way, it is more likely that she could end up with her own food to eat, bed to sleep in, and her own stuff to break. But like I said, in real life, I would have to agree with you.

      • 164 Kathersha July 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm

        Sorry about double post, I meant part-time job…

      • 165 LiteratiTempo July 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

        I doubt if she is donating all of her money to charity. Maybe just most of it. I don’t really think it’s wise, but then again good wouldn’t be in my sim trait slot.

    • 166 abi July 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm

      thank you!! exactly what i was trying to say, much better worded πŸ™‚

  94. 167 Ryann Woods July 8, 2009 at 11:10 am

    What is Alice’s last trait? WHAT IS HER LIFETIME WISH??!!!!!!!!!

  95. 168 Lily July 8, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I wait for each chapter of this story, and it appears to be happening so naturally that these pixels have become very real and I care about what happens to them. I’d beg for a happy ending if I thought it would make a difference, but I suspect that even you haven’t a clue what life holds in store for Alice and Kev.

  96. 169 Kansine July 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

    *waiting for the update of today* … By the way, sims are unbelieveable survivors, so if you’re going to let Kev wander around until he dies, it might become a looong journey! Well, he was is a quite poor condition already when he left, so I’m not sure, but if you lock in sims in normal condition, it takes days before they die! Even if their hunger would be so low as possible, they still survive a good while… O_O

  97. 170 sodasippa July 8, 2009 at 11:34 am

    *Refreshes page constantly* LOL!
    I can’t wait for the next chapter!

  98. 172 Harmony July 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Why do you keep letting her give away her money? Now I’m starting to think she is just a bit on the stupid side.

  99. 173 SillySimzy July 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Marry Zed, Alice, he’s the only person who has always been nice to you. AND, you make such a cute couple. Alice and Zedadias, and you can start an Alphabetacy with your kiddies. πŸ˜€

  100. 175 GerandLer July 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    where’s the next chapter?????

  101. 176 kansine July 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    By the way, why is Alice looking so sullen in the second to last picture? πŸ˜€ Like if she wouldn’t want to donate the money anyway…

  102. 177 Ryann Woods July 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    She needs a special someone

  103. 178 Benjo July 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Where is the new chapter?

    I’ve not checked an RSS feed so much in one day, EVER!

    • 179 Pat Kight July 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

      I check daily, too, but jeez, RoBurky is entitled to a life. I’m pretty sure that he never intended this project to become an obligation. When we gripe about a lag in posting, I imagine that’s just what it feels like, and that can’t be much fun.

    • 180 abi July 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

      uhm…dude has a life outside of the sims, i’m sure he didn’t expect it to get this much attention..maybe you should get outside for a bit??

  104. 181 playerchad757 July 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    has anyone noticed how sad alice looks when she donates to charity? her nose is turned up and her eyes are squinting. either she’s sad or she needs glasses.

    • 182 Maddi July 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      She’s probably thinking about how fortunate she is compared to other sims out there. At least she has one person in her life that accepts her and tries to help her.

    • 183 abi July 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

      i just commented on this too..i think donating isn’t what she really WANTS to do, regardless of it’s her wish or not…maybe she’s becoming more complex, who knows…

      i mean who is more unfortunate than alice in the sims world? come on now!

  105. 184 Ranavan July 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I have to say I love this blog, first time poster, long-time reader. Everyday I look forward to reading more about alice and kev, and everyday you leave me wanting even more. I’ve tried waiting like some people do, waiting for at least a few posts to pile up, but as soon as I open my browser everyday I gravitate towards your blog. This rocks!

  106. 185 Jen July 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hey Robin, I just want to say that even though it is a game, you show that The Sims 3 is a very advanced game and has many aspects of real life.

  107. 186 Fever July 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    So… I was thinking that Zedadias has this sexy girl in his house and doesn’t try anything… And right then I scrolled down to image #4. πŸ˜€

  108. 187 Noelle July 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Will someone please tell me what ELSE Alice could possibly buy, does she have the option to go buy food at the store, or give it to someone else, or buy a bed?

  109. 188 Anna Mckazz July 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I dont know.
    I just have a feeling in my gut that says they wont be together.

    Favorite Blog in the WHOLE world.
    Love it!

  110. 189 abi July 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    seems like she doesn’t want to donate that money at all. look at her face! it may be a “wish” but i don’t think it’s what she really WANTS…..

    meanwhile, at least she had a good day! for once i don’t want to cry after reading this πŸ˜›

  111. 190 Taylor July 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Omg!! I cannot wait till the next one dude! Hope it tells us what the frick happens to Kev. I mean isn’t the last thing he did is pass out on a big farm in like really early morning.Cannot wait people!! WooHoo!! Hope he’s okay, i mean he’s rude and mean to his daughter but i dont wish death for him, but i wanna see what happens!

  112. 191 gmcfly July 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    UGH! Can we please learn the difference between words that sound alike?

    @illyralegacy: it’s “elicit,” not “illicit”
    @Ingrid: it’s “discreet,” not “discrete”

    Sorry to be pedantic, it’s just driving me crazy.

  113. 192 illyrialegacy July 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    You’re right gmcfly. That’s my mistake.

    That said, if that level of error drives you crazy, your place among the sane will be short-lived. Most folks on the internet can’t differentiate between it’s and its or there, they’re and their.

  114. 194 julygirl17 July 13, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Zedadias must have the childish trait. My Sim has that trait, and she does that all the time, plus makes faces in the mirror.

  115. 195 Pomai Kajiyama July 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I think the worse thing that could happen to Alice now would be to Woohoo with Zedidas and get pregnant and then have him reject her. Now she’s homeless and pregnant…fantastic story.

  116. 196 Daisy October 2, 2009 at 2:20 am

    wow i ❀ this blog!!!! I wish i was half as good as roBurky!!! Oh and Zeb is wearing his refector sun glasses again!! 😦

  117. 197 Carson November 21, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I agree with the very first comment I read! Something about ‘feeling pride’ for her, even though she’s a video game character! I just love Alice! And she’s so pretty, too. She’s a wonderful person (or character) x]

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