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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If you’ve found this tale of homelessness affecting, you might want to consider helping a real-world charity.

Charity Spotlight: Jimmy’s Night Shelter

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.

Jane Heeney from Jimmy’s Night Shelter recently wrote a new introduction for our charity page, and this is what she has to say about the work her charity does.

Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge is open every night of the year welcoming 25 men and six women who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough outdoors or in inappropriate or inadequate accommodation. What’s unique about Jimmy’s is that we are the only facility in the city where the homeless can come straight in and have a meal and a bed – no waiting lists, no referrals, no interviews.

We were set up in 1995, named after Jim, who spent much of his life sleeping beneath a bridge on the M11 motorway. His story was the inspiration behind the founding of Jimmy’s, and today we continue this work with the tireless efforts of our volunteers and supporters.

Please help us to continue making a difference to the lives of the homeless: please visit www.jimmyscambridge.org.uk to find out more about how you can support our work.

-Jane Heeney

If you visit their donation page, they give a breakdown of exactly how the money donated to them is used.

If you do give to Jimmy’s Night Shelter or any other charity as a result of Alice and Kev, let me know by email, and if you want it, I will send you a personalised unpublished tiny story snippet from the lives of Alice and Kev, unique for you.

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321 Responses to “Kev and Alice”


  1. 1 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.

  2. 2 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.

  3. 3 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!

  4. 4 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!

  5. 5 Jason October 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Good work, Robin.

  6. 6 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.

  7. 7 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!!!

  8. 9 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.

  9. 10 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

  10. 11 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)

  11. 12 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.

  12. 13 southchiks October 5, 2009 at 2:11 am

    All this time for a crappy ending, thanks!

  13. 14 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.

  14. 15 blargh October 5, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I wanted to watch Kev die.

  15. 17 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!

  16. 20 Ollie October 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Holy shit I am so excited for this new entry.

  17. 22 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!!!!!

  18. 23 Benjamin October 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

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

  19. 24 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.

  20. 25 Venom King October 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “Before the morning, Kev has passed away.”

    OH MY GOD MANLY TEARS

  21. 26 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. 😀 Bye bye now!!!

  22. 27 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.

  23. 28 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…

  24. 29 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!

  25. 30 Karen October 10, 2009 at 1:59 am

    aww. 😦

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

  26. 31 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.

  27. 32 RawkabyeNukeface October 18, 2009 at 3:51 am

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

  28. 33 kittykat October 18, 2009 at 5:31 am

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

  29. 34 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….

  30. 35 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…

  31. 36 Where have I been! October 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

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

    He meant well.

  32. 37 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.

  33. 38 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

  34. 39 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.

  35. 40 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.

  36. 41 Alex July 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    God this made me want to cry.

  37. 42 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.

  38. 43 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

  39. 44 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 😦

  40. 45 Jamessuperfun November 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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

  41. 46 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.

  42. 47 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.

  43. 48 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.

  44. 49 joham May 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

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

  45. 50 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

  46. 51 RIP Kev December 8, 2011 at 2:45 am

    awwww 😦 thats sad especially the last words… :/

  47. 52 Hanii Puppy September 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Why am I crying over a sims character? ;-;


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