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Pleasantview Makeovers: Part Four

Goth: When her mother disappeared Cassandra quickly took the reigns at the Goth manor. Though she's a natural at caring for her eccentric father and quiet little brother this was not the family she'd hoped to start. In the years before Bella went missing, Cassandra met and proposed to Don Lothario on the whim of a girlish crush. Since then there have been postponements as well as a confusing friendship with Darren Dreamer. Don is the one Cassandra has invested so many hopes and plans in. The problem of course is how to give up the ghost? And Cassandra is afraid to lose such a valuable friend on her heart's whim. Sometimes Alexander watches the wedding preparations from his window but after almost four years of stopping and starting much of the excitement has passed. Now, Alex watches out of a sense of morbid curiosity. He enjoys spending time in his room with his pets composing music for his mother's return. The project has grown beyond the simple piece he'd composed right after she disappeared. When he begins to doubt her return he plays his violin and soothes his fears. Mortimer passes the time but he holds none of his son's naïve optimism about Bella's return. As her lifelong confidant he'd been privileged to her darkest confessions and deepest fears. Either she'd finally run wild as she'd sometimes dreamed of doing or something horrible had happened. Mortimer tries to be practical. To be logical. Of course he hired the best investigators to find his beloved wife but he's aware of the statistics on such matters so he keeps his mind busy and has finally learned how to silence the gnawing feeling of partial fear and overwhelming hope in his belly every time the phone rings or someone knocks at the door.

Pleasant: Though Daniel Pleasant has always had a roving eye he loved his wife and daughters. When they girls were still children he and Mary-Sue enjoyed each other's company but now they simmer in silent ambivalence. Though they struggled to juggle twin girls they both wanted another child--so they tried and Mary-Sue got pregnant. Unfortunately the pregnancy was incredibly difficult and their baby boy miscarried. Neither Mary-Sue nor Daniel handled the loss well. She threw herself into work and opened a chasm between herself and family life. As the girls grew older Mary-Sue realized she could find purpose in her work. Daniel just waited for the silence to pass hoping for Mary-Sue to take the first step. Now that the girls are in their teens, Daniel has begun to look for love and warmth elsewhere. The girls handled home life quite differently. Angela accepted her family's inherent instability when she was fairly young, even in good times she felt that her parents were badly matched. Mostly she wonders if they were ever really in love. Her coping strategies are from the Mary-Sue playbook, Angela throws herself into school and spends as much time at the Broke's house as possible. Lilith, on the other hand, was an overly sensitive child. Things that slide off Angela's back, Lilith tends to chew on. As a child she'd been excited about the prospect of a younger sibling. With no one at home to talk to and a boyfriend who spouts Landgraab trivia all day long, Lilith isn't sure what to do with her anger except to let it fester.


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Jan. 9th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
The Pleasant's story was heartbreaking but so believable!
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:42 am (UTC)
I was really nervous about this part of the makeovers because I just don't think it's possible to start the Pleasants (or the Goths) out without addressing some weighty topics. But I'm glad it didn't come off too exaggerated.
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
Rather than spam your journal with comments, I thought I'd just say this here :)

I absolutely LOVE your stories of the Pleasantview pre-mades! I think the stories suit them very well and I adore the way you've made over the houses ♥
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed them :D

I always debate how to split the posts. Pleasantview was huge thus many spammy posts on my part ;) But hopefully it made the viewing process more enjoyable not having to scroll to infinity?
Jan. 9th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
I love their houses! Goth's house fits them really well, its amazing! And the exterior of Pleasant's house looks so much better than the original :D

May I ask a WCIF on Daniel's hair? I recall seeing that mesh but it has forever escaped my memory since!
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
:) Glad you like them both! The Pleasant house is so frustrating, there were elements I considered keeping but some concessions were made on the outside to give the inside enough space to work with.

Daniel's hair is Nouk's Don's Final Tribute. I used Simgaroop's recolor: http://simlish.dreamwidth.org/12630.html
Jan. 11th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 9th, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
So fantastic, both of the houses! But I especially love your take on the Goth household. It looks both eloquent with a slightly dark twist. And all the little details you put into both really make the houses looks amazing. I am constantly inspired by you. :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
The Goths were fun to play around with. I decided to rein in the darkness a bit as a result of simcerly's Star's Crossing and skellington7d's Fortune & Romance--I wanted to keep the Goths just on that edge between being kind of dark and being an eccentric family. Particularly because Strangetown is a fair bit darker due to the Beakers, Nervous and Olive. Strangetown will likely have a different tone (more like the Goths and Pleasants).
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Love the story you wrote for the Goths (well, all the stories you write for your families are awesome, tho <3). I really liked the idea of Casandra proposing and then the family preparing for the wedding for years. Very fitting. The house looks amazing, and I LOVE Alex's makeover. He's looks great! (can I ask, the portraits in the Goth's living room, did you do those, or can they be DLed somewhere? they are great!)

Also I really liked Lilith's makeover. She's looks so cool! (especially in the pic with the glasses)
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Both houses look great, especially the Goths'. You have such neat ideas, like the "greenhouse" in the backyard. Looking forward to seeing more. :)
Jan. 10th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Both houses are so great! And I love your take on these families. Great stuff! <3
Jan. 16th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I love how you gave a believable reason for why the Pleasant family is so unstable.
Also, I really love your makeover of Cassandra, she looks gorgeous.
May. 9th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Aww at Mary-Sue and Daniel's wedding photo in their bedroom :)
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