The first day of autumn found the Gardeners’ stall well-stocked.
The Cooks spent all morning preparing food for the harvest festival.
The festival was a time for feasting, thanksgiving, and merriment.
Everyone cooed over Martha Fisher’s swollen belly.
It was also Steven’s birthday. He rolled nurturing.
The next morning, the plant that had grown from the seed found by Edith Gardener finally bore fruit. It was a life fruit, a good omen that foretold a manageable winter and early spring.
Jacob shared the plant’s first harvest with his wife and son before having it moved carefully to Rhoda’s garden, as she would best know how to care for it and what to do with its precious fruit.
Steven baked his first loaf of bread, while Dorothy helped out on her parents’ farm.
Martha Fisher gave birth to a baby boy, Thomas.
He rolled loves the cold and loves the heat. She and Richard were very overjoyed to have child at last.
They took their son to meet the other Foresters.
Jacob Gardner tried to make more of an effort with James.
But he always ended up getting annoyed or making James upset.
While the weather was still warm enough, Steven Cook and Dorothy Farmer decided to go down to the lake. They even managed to persuade James Gardener to come with them. They swam in the lake and saw a falcon.
After their trip, Steven and Dorothy hung around in the town square for a game of horseshoes.
Dorothy returned home to find her mother had changed into looser clothes. Helena explained to her daughter about the fragile new life growing inside her.
A few days later she gave birth to Matilda Farmer, who rolled light sleeper and loves the outdoors.
The fruit James Gardener had eaten had pushed his birthday back a day, so that it now fell alongside Dorothy Farmer’s. The Farmers threw a party for them both. James rolled schmoozer and Dorothy rolled dramatic.
Now that James is almost a grown man, and also shares a trait with his father, perhaps they will finally be able to find some common ground.
Dorothy learned how to milk a cow.
The Fishers taught their son to walk and talk.
Edith Gardner discovered she was expecting a baby.
It was a getting a little late in the year for a pregnancy to be welcomed without any anxiety, yet, since the autumn had been mild so far, the High Forester gave the Gardeners her blessing.
But before Edith’s baby had arrived, the first snow fell.
And it appeared by Helena Farmer’s frequent visit to the outhouse that the Gardeners were not the only ones expecting.
The Gardeners took in their final harvest of the year.
The next day, Rhoda lit a bonfire to ward of evil spirits. [The festival of the dead will be more of a thing when we actually have some dead.]
She also gave Henry Cook a large bundle of licorice from her garden. She told him to put it in the everyone’s food for the rest of the year to make it more filling, so that their supplies would last longer.
The lake had yet to freeze over, so the Fishers went to work as usual. [I’ve just found out that world water like this doesn’t ever freeze. I already have the pictures taken for the second half of autumn, but as of winter I’m going to put a little bit of water on the empty lot next to the one I’m playing, and use that as an indicator of when I should start pretending that the main lake has frozen over.]
Steven was more than happy to look after their boy while they were away.
Martha came back a little early to put Thomas to bed.
Richard stayed out far longer than he should have and on his way home fell to the ground, frozen solid.
Somehow he survived the night, and the morning sun thawed him out enough for him to get inside and into a warm bath.
He stayed blue for a few hours, but was otherwise back to his old self.
The Farmers’ third child arrived, another daughter. They called her Eleanor and she rolled clumsy and loner.
The Gardner’s second, a boy they named Arthur, rolled loves the heat and virtuoso.
Dorothy invited Steven in for a glass of milk.
Later that evening, they shared a first kiss.
Thomas had a birthday party, rolling coward when he aged up.
His parents set up a bedroom for him on the upper floor of their home, but he was very nervous about sleeping there. He checked under the bed for monsters, and did not like what he saw there!
He went downstairs to find his parents, but was so frightened that he had a little accident on the way.
His father put him in the bath and took care of the wet floor, before putting Thomas to bed with his mother.
The next day, they took him on his first trip to the lake, where he saw a rainbow.
Thomas caught his first fish.
Richard chuckled good-naturedly at Martha when she reeled in a big slimy toad.
It had been a great day for Thomas, but when he checked under his bed that night, the monster had come back…
…and it had brought a friend!
At a loss, his parents roused the High Forester, who always knew exactly how to fight a pack of monsters. Rhoda opened up one of her books and read to Thomas until he fell asleep, promising to return every night to do the same, for as long as she was needed.