Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hi Mum, It's Sammy (Clone 63 - Part 7)

The next day, I got up as quietly as I could manage. Jer had been on baby duty most of the night and he needed some sleep. I played with and fed each of our little munchkins then grabbed something that seemed edible from the fridge.

I barely made it out of the door in time, given that I was supposed to show Jared around town before work officially started. I made it just before Jared. He pulled up in an old clunker.

“Hey, Jared. Bad news, Felipe has the only cop car in town. I don’t own a car so I’m afraid we are going to have to use yours.”

“Right, fine. I hope that the department can splurge for another car soon. Another few miles on this beast and it’s going to finish falling to pieces.”

“Well, the tour of town won’t take much out of it. Appaloosa Plains simply isn’t that big.”

And in half an hour, we’d pretty much covered the town. I pointed out the main buildings and some patrolling hints I’d picked up. “The stadium next to the school, that’s a good place to keep an eye on just after one of the big games or concerts."

"The swimming pool is next to that, someone should stop in late morning at least once during the school week. It’s where the kids cutting class tend to hang out.”

“Don’t they learn that they’ll be picked up there?”

“The teens do know we’ll find them, but it’s also the best place for them to chill for a little before they get spotted. Curfew time usually finds them outside the theatre, or the restaurant. If you happen to be out at the time, that’s where the teens likely are.”

“Where do the hot chicks in town hang out? For after work, of course, a cop needs relaxation.”

“I’d guess the same places you’d find hot chicks anywhere.” I shrugged. “I’ve never really paid attention so I’m not a lot of help.”

“Prefer the bachelor life style, do you?”

“Nah, I'm already going steady with someone special. I don’t need more than one.” I was a little reluctant to mention it was a boyfriend. It seemed likely enough that Jared would find out at the ball any way.

Finally, at the edge of town, I pointed at a long dirt drive. “Chuck thinks that a local gang works out of a building up there. He’s got no proof, so we just keep an eye on the place. The taxes are paid on time, and we’ve never spotted any good reason to go up and raid the place.”

“So why the suspicions?”

I shrugged my shoulders. “As far as I know, it’s because absolutely nothing ever happens during daylight hours. But you will hear cars and people after dark. It’s the only building so empty at day and used during the night.”

We made it back to the office with a few minutes before our duties started. Jared headed for the office while I took my usual place behind the desk. The next round of police exams would be soon, and Chuck promised that if I passed, I’d be allowed to go patrol too. We’d be rotating who had daily desk duties if I passed the exams.

The mere thought of getting away from the desk and the routines of the office was a major incentive to study the manuals every moment that I could. The phone never rang, the door didn’t open and I spent all morning studying like crazy. By afternoon, I had a bit of a headache and I was ready to put my head on the desk for a little nap.

“Excuse me, I’ve come to file a report.”

"Please, take a seat." My fingers started pulling up the Lost and Found report on their own. Still, it’s probably prudent to ask. “What sort of report did you need to file?”

“I’m afraid that my cat has gone missing.”

I grimaced. Chuck is wrong to ignore these reports. There has to be something going on. “Ok, can we start with your name?”

“It’s Thea Gem.”

I liked that name. Short and easy to type. “Current address please?”

“305 Sweetapple Ridge Way.”

“Finally, I need the details about your pet. Name, breed, colours, etc.”

“The cat is Tizzy, she’s a Bengal. She looks like a mini leopard, but she’s really quite sweet.”

“Anything else you can tell me? When you last saw her? Did you happen to enter her in the pet show?”

“I don’t understand how she vanished. I have a nice cat run set up for her, she can go inside or out but she’s safe from cars and birds are safe from her. I know she was in the run when I left and yet she was gone by the time I got home. And yes, she is entered in the pet show.”

“Thank you for the report Miss Gem. I’ll make sure that something is done about it.”

I am going to do something about these missing animals, even if Chuck doesn’t approve. Four missing pets in just a few days is more than a coincidence.

So first I'm having a serious think about how to investigate the missing pets. One hadn’t been entered in the show, but it was a pedigree animal. The others had been entered in the show. I thought about entering our pets in the show but our pup was obviously a mixed breed and not obedience trained if they have an obedience section to the show. The bird was handsome enough but it didn’t seem likely that this show included birds. Besides, I didn’t want to involve my housemates in something that could be ugly.

I'll ask Jared and Felipe if they happened to have a pedigree pet. If one of them does, I have a plan for how we might catch the pet napper. That would be a task for tomorrow, it was time to roll on home for the night.

“Hey there, Blue and Beautiful, want to go on a date?”

“Sam, what about the babies?”

“We can take care of anything they need before we go. And I’m sure that Howie won’t mind checking on them from time to time. I think he’s fed and snuggled both of them already.” I went to ask Howie while Jericho checked on our little ones. I then joined Jericho in the bedroom.


“Howie says, and I quote, ‘Would you guys get out of here already so I can have some baby time?’”

Jericho laughed. “All right, I surrender. Where should we go?”

We discussed a few possibilities and decided to try the Art Museum.

Art museums are kind of nice places to hang out. They are quiet and no one notices if you find a bench to sit and admire some of the artwork. We sat in front of a couple of paintings, admiring their artistic content.

Ok, actually we were making fun of the artistic content.

"How long do you think it takes to paint a bunch of dots on a canvas?"

"Mmm, an hour or two, tops."

"I should try art. I bet the museum bought it for more than I'll get for a week at the station."

"I'm not sure you have the right temperament for art, Sam. Something that gets you out more is better for you."

"I could manage if I tried."

"Sam, I think you could manage nearly anything if you tried."

Then I turned my attention to some artwork that I admired greatly. Fortunately, the admiration is mutual and it’s one piece that I can touch as much as I like. And I do like both looking and touching.

Unfortunately, the curator took an exception to us sitting on the same bench for more than half an hour snogging and requested our departure.

So we moved on to other normal dating activities. The tour of city hall was ... dull. Too many names and numbers, not enough reason to care.

Then we went back to the lake. There's rarely another soul there. No one to protest how long we spent with each other.

We spent the rest of the afternoon, just loving each other. We finally broke apart as the light was starting to fade from the sky.

"Hey, Jer, I have something I'd like to ask you."


"Let's go home, get comfortable and then I'll ask." Get comfortable and maybe a good stiff drink.


Thea Gem is actually altheaquin's simself. She and Kaleeko's simself share a career in education so I guess the girls get to hang out in a virtual sense.

For the record

Jericho Seastrider is seriously cute and sweet. He deserves way more Exchange love then he currently gets.


  1. there is something weird with all these pets!

  2. The pets disappearing is certainly strange...I wonder if Sammy will be able to find them all?

    Goby's blanket is really too cute! <3 And Jericho and Sam make a great pair.

  3. @cami not to worry, Sammy is on the case.

  4. @cheezy, I rarely remember to change the blankets but they look so cute when you do.

    You can tell which baby is Goby, can't you? LOL

    Jericho and Sam are doing very nicely together.

  5. LOL, not much room for error! ;)

  6. Usually, it's so hard to tell twins apart - but not this pair.

    It will be interesting when they hit toddler and grow a bit of hair.

  7. Goodness, this is an intriguing clone! I'm quite curious to see what Sammy uncovers.

    Jericho and Sam continue to be adorable, as per usual!

    I thought that was Thea's simself!

  8. Glad you are enjoying this Sammy Amelia.

    Sam and Jer are quite a nice couple. They do quite well at entertaining each other if you start them with a single flirt.

    Thea, Kaleeko and Cami simselves have shown up. I am now out of simselves so we will have to step up Sam's investigation. LOL

  9. I don't have a copy of my simself, but Kaleeko does, if you want to snag it from her! I volunteer Sim!Sara for whatever you need. ;)

  10. Now now, are you sure you want a Simself in my game? I have a bad bad evil sense of humour and since you are one of the more vocal shirtless Sammy fans, I might lock your Simself in with Sammy and never let him get dressed. Wouldn't that be awful? ;P

  11. Jer and Sammy both look lovely - definitely well suited :D

    I am curious to see what story you have lined up for the missing pets.

    1. They flirt for hours once I kick it off. Very well suited indeed.

      :) There are three things that this story is based on. Sammy finding love. The missing pets. And one more thing that is due to amble onstage soon.

  12. I absolutely adore Jer but that's no surprise. :D He'll always be a favorite of mine!

    1. Me too. He's just so cute. And man, does he ever love Sam.

  13. Haha... I wonder how Jared's going to react to Sam having a boyfriend--hopefully it's not something he ends up being a dick about. Otherwise, I may have to reach into my screen and strangle him XD

    Poor Thea D: I'm glad that Sam's decided to take the initiative to do something!! Good idea, possibly using another pet as a trap... I hope he can find one soon, before they've all disappeared. Bah, makes me so sad. :(

    But Sam and Jericho certainly don't make me sad. <3 They definitely seem happy together!! Looks like Sam's finally gathered up the courage to do something about it... Haha, "Maybe a stiff drink". Yeaah... That might help. ;)

    Great post, PiB! Something fishy's definitely going on, I can't wait to find out what!!

    1. Well, not all the town is going to approve of the relationship. But how that falls out is yet to come.

      Indeed, poor Thea. And yes, the trap was set for the pet mystery to be solved.

      Sammy is just a little worried about Jer because Jericho usually doesn't do long term relationships. Striders don't. And yes, a stiff drink can help before you try something that requires a bit of courage.

      :) The next post is one of my favs that I've ever written.

  14. This romance really makes me feel positive about loving relationships again.
    Another pet, hmmm, maybe there is some raging loon townie who wants to win the pet show. I can't believe I missed all this intrigue in the middle when I was mixing up the order of reading.


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