Imani took Booker on a date to the equestrian training grounds.
They got along very well, and when Imani rolled a wish to woohoo with Booker I had her invite him back to the house.
Booker stayed for dinner with the family. Jaylen wanted pizza, but I needed Cassandra to practice making tofu dogs, Maryann’s favourite food.
Shawnee visited the house with his little boy Robert, and Jaylen spent some time chatting with them both.
After a couple of weeks in Appaloosa Plains, I had noticed that Tamsie hadn’t aged up yet, which was weird because I have the puppy life stage set to six days. I monitored her age counter for a few days, and noticed that it fluctuated between six and five days until her next birthday, but never went beyond that. I decided to use Master Controller to age her up into an adult, and just hope that the problem would fix itself eventually. [Update: apparently it was all the gourmet pet food that Cassandra had been feeding her that caused this!]
Cassandra and Tamsie set off on their first walk around town together, but they had barely left the house when Cassandra went into labour!
Maryann met her fiance at the hospital, where she delivered a baby girl. I named her Juliana Borges-Striker and gave her the brave and light sleeper traits. Her birth means we have about four and a half weeks left in Appaloosa Plains.
Later that day there was another addition to the household, when I had Imani adopt a cat – an adult male – from the newspaper. I just left his existing name, Shadow; but I replaced his appearance with that of Joolster‘s beautiful Siberian Blizzard.
Tamsie sniffed at Shadow but didn’t try to hurt or chase him. Tamsie’s aging is still messed up, so I’ll probably just use master controller again to trigger her next age transition whenever Shadow becomes an elder.
Shadow practised hunting with a toy mouse for a little while before stalking around the lot hunting for some real prey.
His first target was a western painted turtle. I haven’t placed any spawners, but when a cat goes hunting bugs and minor pets will automatically appear for him.
Shadow pounced on the turtle, but wasn’t able to catch it.
When he did succeed a few attempts later to catch a rainbow beetle, he presented his find to Imani.
Shadow eventually caught fleas from all that time outside, and had to have a bath.
That weekend, Cassandra and Maryann got married. With so many changes going on, I opted for a casual back garden ceremony, followed by a barbecue.
Aristide ran away while his sister was cutting the cake. He’s still a vampire so I suppose he didn’t like the sun all that much.
One of the wedding guests, Cassandra and Maryann’s co-worker Hailey Shepherd, spent a lot of time with Jaylen that evening. When he asked about her day, he found out that they share the good trait.
Jaylen rather quickly decided that Hailey was the love of his life, and started rolling all kinds of romance-related wishes. She was a little surprised when he suddenly jumped into his arms, but she can’t have minded too much because she stayed long after the other guests have left.
When he asked her to be his girlfriend and leaned in for a kiss, he discovered they also share the hopeless romantic trait.
The family spent the rest of the weekend having fun with their animal friends. Jaylen continued to level up his riding skill on Shawnee’s horse Bramble, Cassandra and Maryann taught Tamsie to sit, and Imani became best friends with Shadow.
Cassandra also taught Tamsie how to hunt.
After he earned his first skill point, he was able to sniff out some collectibles around town. On his first outing, he only found a couple of gems, but once he’s maxed it out and also purchased the alpha pet lifetime reward, this will become very lucrative.
When he was tired of all that hard work, he and Cassandra played fetch in the garden. It’s nice that our lot is big enough to do this.