Proud of Darkness, Chapter 6

It doesn’t take long before the first item is checked off of my list.  My daughter, Avarice Proud is born.  My daughter.  She will not carry Vlad’s name, she will not be his daughter.  In fact, I will do everything in my power to make sure he never knows Avarice.

As the sun came up the morning of Avarice’s birth, I had a surprise for  Vlad.  I told him that I had discovered the secret to resisting the power of the sun’s rays.  He was so excited at the possibility of walking in the sunshine that he never even questioned it.

It didn’t take long for his thin skin to start to sizzle.  You see, I am resistant, perfectly resistant to the sun now.  But Vlad has a weakness and he can never, could never be resistant to the sun.  In fact, he is extra sensitive to the sun.  When he started to sizzle, I told him the truth about his fang size and his woohoo technique.  And then I divorced him.

As he figured out what was happening I stood there and watched him as he burnt to a crisp.  And I felt in control.  That is two of the things that need to happen.  The other two should be happening shortly.  Maybe I will go watch.

I went down to check on my food supply and found Roy was dead – apparently Vlad had not been feeding them regularly, or at all.  Well that won’t work.  So I am going to rethink this plan, because I need my food to either stay alive or I am going to have to keep finding new food every few days.  Although as bad as Roy stunk, that might not be a bad idea.

After Roy’s death, I go to talk to Aubrey.  We have never got along because I always suspected there was something going on between her and Vlad.  She tells me that Vlad was always hitting on her.  And he did trick them into moving in and giving up their lottery winnings.  But she couldn’t stand him.  But she has always wanted to become a vampire and she would love to join my coven.  Well that isn’t happening.  I don’t want her around forever.  But I could let her live for awhile and she could take care of Avarice while I work, a live-in babysitter.  Even better, she is Evil, Jealous, and Hot-Headed – perfect.  Not a nice bone in her body.  It would be a shame to kill her, or rather let her die, now.  So, maybe this is one of those mistakes, but I let her out of her cell.  She is going to be allowed to free range in the house, but will still sleep down in her cell at night.  She will take care of the baby when I go back to work.  And she will take care of the house.  After spending all that time locked up in our dungeon, her son drowning and her husband starving to death, Aubrey just wants to lay out and cloud gaze for awhile.  That she can do for now.  But then she is going to have to earn her keep.

One thing I realized though.  One food source is not going to be enough.  I let myself go too long, and I drank as much as I could from Aubrey and it just wasn’t enough.  I am going to need at least two more to satisfy my thirst,  That means I am going to need to hunt at night, and have at least two sources of food at home.  This could get difficult to manage,

Disaster struck when my in house food source died from overheating in the new sauna I installed.  Well crap.  I think this house is bad luck, and it has to go.  I am taking the money Vlad stole from the Curry – they are all dead now anyway – and I am going to tear down this house and build a new one.  My mansion.  The Proud Mansion.  Which reminds me, I need to change my name back from Straud.  I didn’t realize that Vlad had sent in the paperwork to change my name to Vanity Straud until I saw it on some papers the other day.  I don’t think so.  That is not the name I am going to carry for the rest of my very long life.

As Aubrey lay dying in the basement, Avarice was upstairs becoming a toddler.  I can’t believe it is already time for her to leave the bassinet and begin her journey in this world.

You might ask what is the fourth thing that I mentioned that needs to happen.  Well, I need to stop hiding my true face.  I have hidden behind my hair and glasses for most of my life.  It is time I stop hiding and accept who I am, monster and all.  I now have two faces: the one I was born with and the monster Vlad made.  I will embrace both and they will become one.  One evil, jealous, genius monster.  Vanity Proud, Grand Master Vampire.

There was one last parting gift that Vlad left before he burnt to a crisp in the morning sunlight.  I am once again pregnant with his child.  Avarice is going to have a brother or sister before too long.  I haven’t decided what to do about work.  I am using up all of my vacation to stay home with Avarice, but eventually I will need to return to work.  She and the new baby will need a nanny.  So many decisions need to be made.  But first, we need a new house – a mansion.


Family Goals (Household):

  • Life States: Human, Vampire

Supernatural Dynasty (Bloodline):

  • Human: Vanity Proud
  • Vampire: Avarice Proud

Enemies (Household):

  1. Dan Keener (Vlad)
  2. Roy Curry (Vlad)
  3. Aubrey Curry (Vlad)

Ghost Hunter (Household):

  1. Drowning: Rene Curry
  2. Sunlight: Vladislaus Straud
  3. Starvation: Roy Curry
  4. Sauna: Aubrey Curry

Scoring: 45

Founder’s Traits: +10

  • Evil +5, Jealous +5, Genius 0

Spouse’s Traits: +10

  • Vladislaus Straud: Evil +5, Loner +5, Music Lover 0

Left With Nothing: +25

  • 50×50 lot (bulldozed Affluista Mansion), reduced funds to §0

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