Misjudged

Monday, April 25, 2011


Many take for granted such simple things in life; the invigorating smell of coffee, the warm massage of a hot shower, the sensation of a hand clenched in theirs, the taste of morning fog, the feeling of watching home disappear in shadows in a car's rear view mirror.

They are simple, and yet it is these things which make our lives so different from others less fortunate--especially those with no beating heart. Those, who are not human.


Today, though, was different. Today, one less simple thing was being denied of Lilobot. For the first time, she was going to be allowed to leave home.

"My carpool ride home fell through, I need you to come pick me up from the school," Lil heard Alesha groan over the phone, the noisy class of students in the background making it difficult to pinpoint her words. "You loaded up that driving... sub-rou-whatsit Brad wrote for you, right?"

"Of course, Mrs. Kane!" Without a moment's hesitation, Lilobot checked on Brad and Margo--who were both napping in the bedroom--and grabbed the keys from the counter and rushed into the garage, where the car was waiting for her. "Oh, you out-dated vehicular transportation unit, how I have dreamed of this moment!" If she'd known how to squeal, at this moment, she likely would have.


The Twinbrook map included in her driving subroutine led her straight where she needed to go, though it would be a lie to say that Lilobot didn't take her time getting there. The sights on the sides of the streets amazed her; buildings she'd never seen, people she didn't recognize, noises and smells she'd never processed before.

And then, there was the school. Lil stood on the sidewalk like a tiny child staring at the utter majesty of the Taj Mahal, barely able to comprehend the craftsmanship of its building or the wonders that took place inside.




"It's... it's so grand. An entire facility dedicated soley to the processing of knowledge for the younglings of human-kind! If only--"

"Hey! Hey you! Rust bucket!" From behind her she heard a voice she did not recognize; it belonged to a boy, who stood among two others that apparently had snuck up behind her while she was distracted with the building.


Lilobot carefully wheeled herself around, and--of course--was amazed to see not only one young boy, but three! And they wanted to speak to her! "Greetings, children!" she responded with the most normal voice she'd been able to compile so far from watching Simmore Girls with Alesha. "Isn't it a beautiful day outside, today?!"

"Say what?" The boy in the middle looked to his mates to the sides, who both broke out in chastizing snickers. "Yeah, sure--whatever, tin can."

"Actually, my outer structure is made mostly of a high grade poly-carbonite alloy mixt--"


"Oooh, lookit me, I'm so cool I know what I'm made of, oooooo... Seriously, bucket, we don't care."

"I... oh."

"Since when did did the science facility start letting it's toasters wander around outside, anyways? I thought they were all locked up in cages for those pointless AI experiments the newspapers keep writing about."

"AI... Experiments? No, I--I'm not an ex... experiment. I'm a fully functioning Intellectual Emotive Unit..."


"Yeah, right. Like it has feelings," he chuckled to his pals. At this point, Lilobot had gone from confused to worried. What was going on?! Didn't the world know about simbots? About her? "They could have at least given you a less ugly face, ya know."

"My... my... You're hurting my feelings," Lilobot openly admitted, now unsure what else to do.

"Feelings? Robots don't have feelings. You can't even feel. You're just a a toaster on legs."


"I'm... I'm going to leave, now," Lilbot started to mutter, now backing away; but it was already too late. The boys had discovered a new game to play, and they weren't letting her get away so easily.

"Who said you were allowed to go, rusty? Didn't they teach you manners? Learn your place, you're just a servant, that's all robots are for... And we didn't say you were allowed to leave."

Lilobot's eyebrows quivered a little in her face. Were they right? Was she not allowed to leave? It was like, all of a sudden, she couldn't remember... Nor could she move; all her joints had frozen stiff in place, only gently quivering as her eyes shifted from one boys foul expression to the next.

It was a new emotion: fear.


It was odd, how utterly powerless she became underneath the pounding of their heels. The sensation was strange; she had no nerves, but sensors detected dents in her outer shell, screws falling from her joints, several cables in her legs coming disconnected. Even if she knew how to run, there was no way she could.

And yet here, at their mercy, she pitifully allowed them to continue; they were humans. Her masters. Weren't they allowed to do as they pleased to her? Wasn't she only constructed as a tool, a servant to the whims of those who truly lived? That's what they said... wasn't it?

She just didn't understand... why did it have to hurt.


As luck would have it, few more moments passed before Alesha finally emerged from the school to find where Lilobot had parked the car.

What she saw: not what she expected.


"What do you think you're doing?!" Alesha screamed, advancing on the boys with the haste of a protective mother, quickly spooking them off of Lil's frame, over which she hovered as she yelled. "This is completely out of line!"

"I--I--" the 'gang leader' responded, suddenly caught off guard once caught by a teacher. "I just thought--"

"Well you thought wrong! I did not expect such cruel behavior, especially from you, Dave! This is unbelievable. I am calling all three of your parents as soon as I watch your legs carry you away from here this instant!"


"I I--we're sorry, Mrs. Kane... I didn't realize--"
"Yeah, it won't happen again--"
"It's my fault, I thought it would be funny--"

"Funny, to attack an innocent, helpless lifeform?! This is despicable, you three. Get away from here, now, before I have it in me to call the police, because so help me, I will!"


As she watched the Dee, Prudence, and Rotter boys run away in shame, Alesha made a note in her head to do just as she'd promised to do; but first, there were more important things to be done.

Her eyes closed; her lungs breathed deeply. She didn't want to look down; Plumbob, she didn't want to look down.


Yet, drawn as a moth to a flame, Alesha's gaze was lured to Lilobot's maimed shell. "L-Lil?" she stuttered, eyes flowing from head to chest to legs, searching for any sign that life sparked within her. "Lil?"

Alesha gulped, then tiled down onto her knees and gently cradled Lil's head in her palms. She knew there was a switch here, somewhere... Brad had showed her where, in case anything went wrong, but she couldn't exactly remember--


--but her fingers stumbled upon it before her memory could serve her fully. Movement spurred back into Lilobot's joints, and light flickered back into her eyes; Alesha quickly rolled her up onto her knee, trying to prop to the poor simbot up from her fetal position on the ground.

"Lil--are you okay?"

"I believe I am... more or less... in-tact," Lil responded, but her voice was weak and fragile.

"Lil, why didn't you protect yourself?! Why did you let them do that to you?!"

"Mr. Kane... knew you were afraid of me... so he... disabled my... *scratchybzzt*... self-defence protocols to ensure minimum risk. I was okay--I did not want to hurt you..."


Guilt suddenly flooded Alesha's heart, drowning the corners of her eyes with tears. This was all her fault; she made Lil defenseless, and then drew her like a lamb to the wolves. How could she have been so stupid?!

"Why... Why did they wish to hurt me?" Lil asked, her hands still shielding her cowering face. "Did... Did I do something wrong?"

"No Lil," Alesha choked, her hand resting against the cold, cracked husk of Lil's hair. "You did nothing wrong. They just don't understand, okay? They can't."

"I just wanted to be liked," Lilobot wheezed, her eyes whirring back and forth, as if searching there, on her chest, for the answer. "So I could be normal."


Alesha closed her eyes again, thankful that Lil had not lifted her gaze towards hers. She didn't want this fragile thing to see the sadness in her eyes.

It was sadness inspired by memories... No one likes you, Alesha. You're dumb. Poor. We don't like being around your types--just leave! We don't want you, here!


"I do not understand, Mrs. Kane. I do not understand why they must do that."

"I know, Lil," Alesha sighed, her arms draping around her simbot, and her forehead lowering to graze the cold, dented metal below her. "And I don't think we ever will."




The hours passed at what seemed like light-speed; Brad was able to get Lilobot back into working condition just in time for them to head over to the Bottega, where they'd already started to make too many plans that they knew they couldn't cancel now.

For the most part, though, Lil and Alesha's moods were able to pick up enough for the festivities ahead: it was an occasion worth being happy about, after all.


Unfortunately, Alesha's mother was not as sympathetic to the day's earlier events as Alesha would have thought. As she recounted the attack on Lilobot, even her mother's gentle nature couldn't help but sympathize a little with the boys.

"But mom, she's harmless... People should be allowed to prey on anyone like that, much less the weak."

"Yes, but, fear and misunderstanding inspires a lot of things in people, and sometimes you just have to understand that they're acting on instincts that perhaps are justified." As she spoke, Eva Drudge--Alesha's mother--continued to look across the room at Lilobot suspiciously. It was difficult enough being in the same building as that thing, much less the same room. "Are you sure it's okay to let it hold my grandchild?"

"Mom!!"


At least the rest of the party was going along smoothly; Amelia seemed nearly back to her usual self again, and Naomi was even spending more time looking longingly at the bundle of baby Margo than she was dumbstruck by the fact she was being held by a mechanical being.

"Think maybe I'd be allowed to like... hold her, later?" Naomi asked sheepishly, as if wondering if the child would reach out and bite her if she wasn't given permission.


By the time everyone finally arrived, they decided to get the cake going--and Alesha, being the proud mother, did the honors...


...of bringing Margo one step further along in her life.


Unfortunately, Margo had to share the day with two other special people who needed to--though were not ready--to take the sparkly path to gray hairs and crackling bones.

"I always hate it when this happens," Meredith mumbled as she stared down at her hands.

(Trust me, Mere--we all do.)


But, at least old age didn't leave the eldest of the Kane line too much worse for wear.


By the time everyone had had their fill on cake and socialized each others' ears off, the sun had fallen beneath the horizon, and the family had started to mention heading home to their beds; however, there was one last thing that needed to be taken care of before everyone departed.

"Well, while we've got you all here in one place, we may as well break the news now..."


Alesha's faced seemed to glow as her gaze drifted towards her husband's, and they drew together so he could rest his hand upon her shoulder "... We just found out--we're having another baby!"


It seems that, no matter who, where, or when--such news is regarded with impassioned excitement. Babies are born every day to the richest and the poorest of folk, and yet it is these--it is family--that delight in the fact that there is one more addition on the way.

And to say that the room was quiet after Alesha and Brad's announcement would be a complete and utter lie.


"Congratulations, honey," Meredith whispered into Alesha's ear as she bounded over and sweeped her daughter in law into her arms; the room was still buzzing with excitement--excitement well earned, and well-deserved.

Finally, out of everything that had happened, lately, something was going right.


However, it may indeed be the last thing to do so.


"C'mon, just one more pull... You can do it. You didn't dig your way out here just to fall at the end, woman." Her voice was poisonous to her own ears, but her own discouragement pushed herself to try even harder. She wasn't going to take that kind of lip from anyone--even herself.

With fingers already caked with grime, nails long since broken and cracked, the woman's hands hoisted her body free from the hole, where she collapsed--exhausted--onto the cold, damp ground.


After her journey to the open world, it took some time for the jailbird to remember how to use her legs and arms again. Even her lungs seemed not to believe that what they were breathing was truly air--it was all so strange, from what she'd been used to. A dank cell... cold cement... the cage of metal bars.

But, no more.


"Freedom!" Carolina Leman screamed to the open air, uncaring who might hear her victory cry. It would be only moments before she was gone, as far away from this path to misery as her legs would carry her. "Finally, freedom!"

With her gaze to the open sky and her arms rushing at her sides to catch the air about her, her mind was flooded with the thoughts that had driven her to achieve such a goal. Smiling, she said some small thanks to the man who had inspired her to find a way to reach the surface. If it weren't for him--or for her intentions--she'd be staring at those gray walls for the rest of her life. But now, she had a chance for something better, something greater, even if it was only but a small taste of life before the end.

A chance, for revenge.

28 comments:

PiB April 25, 2011 at 4:21 AM  

Aw. Lil looks so cute looking at the car. She finally gets to leave the house. And she is pretty cute staring at the building in awe.

Brad definitely overdid the robot will do no harm programming. Three boys, no matter how awful, shouldn't be able to do that.

Serious Lil and Alesha bonding time at least.

I have a seriously bad feeling about Naomi's fate...don't know why but it's there. Sweet that she wants to hold the baby.

Jeb the elder looks downright smug.

Aww, Margo going to have a sibling! Good thing too.

Oh dear, they were wrong about Carolina being a bit more at home in prison. And she's seriously not happy. There's about to be some fireworks.

Cami April 25, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

Oh poor Lil! I have a fondness for that little robot! I'm glad to see Alesha and Lil bonding though!

Margo is an adorable little toddler - and a sibling! :D

Christina April 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM  

:|..

What an emotional update! Terribly sorry for Lilo. I hate bullies so much. Have you seen the movie Remember Me? With er..*thinks*..Robert Pattinson? Anyway, my favorite part of the movie is when his little sister is being bullied by another girl and he goes into the classroom and tops the girls desk over with her in it. REVENGE IS SWEET, even if it's against children. lol.

Another baby!! I'm quite thrilled for Alesha. I personally couldn't have children (dont have the tolerance for them) but it's always a beautiful thing when someone's bringing another person into the world.

I'm not familiar with Carolina North..Is she in previous updates? I think I'm going to hunt her down in the bio section if she is.

<3

Christina April 25, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

Oh & before I forget..I'm stunned by your shots..how do you do it? Are you using some mod for pulling animations? I'm just asking bc I may do a story with TS3 too, and I need tips!

thank you!

Amelia April 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

Oh man, Lilo just gets cuter and cuter. I'm so glad she's allowed to leave now! But those kids... How cruel. COULDN'T YOUR MOTHER HAVE GIVEN YOU A LESS UGLY FACE, PUNK? We have to teach Lilo how to insult back, I think.

Oh no, they're actually going to beat her up!! Just because they're human doesn't mean you have to obey them. Oh Lilo. Poor Lilo. :( I know you warned me this was sad, but I hate seeing her so picked on!

Oh, Brad! That's kind of sweet, in a misguided way... Disabling her self defense so that she wouldn't hurt Alesha (not that she would have anyways), and now she can't defend herself!

On the bright side, though, I really love how close Alesha and Lilobot have grown. It's really sweet to see her concern. I can definitely see how she related to Lilo, having been bullied herself :(

It's Margo's birthday! Didn't see that one coming, for some odd reason. What a cute toddler! BUT JEB AND MERE. GETTING OLDER. WHYYYY. (I know they've got a long ways to go before they're gone, though. They aged well!

Another baby! Hehehe, good luck, Brad and Alesha ;)

Oh wow, I didn't see that ending coming. Fantastic job, Kaleeko!! I can't wait to see what happens.

P.S. PSSST Christina- check out cmomoney's Pose Player here (http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=438706) and Twallan's Animator here (http://www.the-isz.com/nraas/index.php?topic=182.0).

Chrysame April 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

Wow, Her I was lulled by the emotional bond of Alesha and Lil and the sweetness of the announcement and boom! Here come Carolina North.

Who will she go after first? There's so many who were a part of her downfall. What a surprise!

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

@PiB:

I'm glad that you find Lil cute at least! ^^ Her and Alesha bonding was very heartwarming to do. It's funny, too, because in-game she and Lil were the first to become friends.

You worry about Naomi's fate, huh? ^^

Well, Carolina was finally started to *seem* at home in prison because she'd discovered a way out! You should always be suspicious of content inmates! ^^

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

@Cami:

I have a serious fondness for her, too. D; I don't quite understand why no one ever uses Simbots, they're seriously adorable!

Was great to finally get her and Alesha to bond. ^^

Thanks for the comment, dear! <3

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

@Christina:

I haven't seen that movie, no--but sadly, I've experienced bullying enough in my life to sympathize. Revenge is sweet, though! There was a video floating around Youtube recently of a boy finally protecting himself from bullies, it made me do a little happy dance. ;D

This honestly may be the last time Alesha gets pregnant--I love Sim babies, but even they get on my nerves at times! XD

Carolina North is Jebidiah's criminal nemisis from... Season 4. He set her up so she got arrested and sent to prison. She's quite angry about it! ^^

As for your QUESTION: They're nearly all done using the Pose Player! It doesn't just play custom poses people make, it can play any animation in the game, so once you access the list of them you have hundreds of animations to pick from. There's also Twallan's Animator, which has a small selection of those animations in an easy-to-click mod.

If you need any more tips with getting your story started, give me a buzz! Glad to hear you want to try! <3

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM  

@Amelia:

Hahahahaha!! Teaching Lil to insult back would be... hillaaarious. ;D Maybe she'll get to that point, someday!

Honestly, it was very sweet of Brad. He cares about his wife a lot, he'd do anything to try and keep her happy.

And yeah--Alesha and Lil really have a lot in common. I think it's finally starting to hit Alesha, how sweet her little simbot really is.

Ahaha--well, Margo has appeared *very* little as a baby, so even though she's been one for 7 episodes, it doesn't seem like that long!

Thanks, Amelia! <3 /twirl

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

@Chrysame:

LOL! Yeah, what would a sappy, fuzzy post be without a dramatically unrelated ending? ^^ There the Kanes all are, partying, and Carolina's having a celebration of her own. >:D

Man, you have a knack for asking all the *right* questions; Who WILL Carolina go after, first? There were quite a few people, but, I think you may be surprised who she's got in mind. ;)

Thanks for the comment, Chrysame! <3

Christina April 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM  

Ohh okay! Great, thanks. Last question: are you using some kind of camera mod? i have Aikea Guinea's at the moment..

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

Np! There should be some tips on how to access the full list of game animations in the comments on the Pose Player mod, if you're not sure how.

As for camera mod: nope! My camera mode is still "vanilla", I guess! ^^

PiB April 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM  

BTW - Carolina North? Divorce?

As for who she'll go for first, an interesting question. A few possibilities that I can think of. As for who she will definitely go for eventually, that one is obvious.

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

WHOOPS! Blonde moment! ;D Need to go back and change her name, haha.

Hehehehe... Yes, I think it's fairly obvious that in the end, she'll always be after Jeb. ;)

LordCharles April 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM  

And the drama unfolds...

Those idiots! How dare they beat up Lil?

YAY! Margo is a toddler!!!! And Alesha is preggers!!! Can't wait to see the baby!

Man, the Kanes can't stay away from trouble for long, can they? Carolina is going to cause some big problems.

Great chapter!

NOTE- Jade's outfit is quite strange for a mom. As in, maybe she needs a new, "mom-ish" look? Just a suggestion...

PiB April 25, 2011 at 4:23 PM  

"I don't quite understand why no one ever uses Simbots, they're seriously adorable!"

Cause they are very very hard to get without cheats?

I tried one from the "My Best Friend" life reward but a) on a family I didn't play for long and b) she was in terrible condition - rusty and sad looking - and there is no obvious way to fix it in the 10 minutes I spent with that family.

And I have yet to have a Sim get *anywhere* near the skill level need on the inventing bench. So many other hobbies are more profitable more quickly.

The other thing is just most players avoid all specials. Mummies, playable ghosts, vampires and simbots. Of those, vampires are probably the easiest to get since all you need to do is make friends with a vampire and ask to turn.

That said, I might have some generation of Grant learn inventing. Just not Penny. :)

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM  

@Lord Charles:

I know, right?! Dumb kids. :(

I have to admit, letting Margo and Jeb/Mere age up was really hard. I am aaalllways tempted to just leave Aging off forever, but... *sniff*

Carolina definitely spells trouble. ;) Really, the Kanes are cursed... by having a maker like me. I can't let them live happily for too long!

As for Jade: I actually intentionally left her clothes like that! Why? Well, Jade's the sort of person 'trapped' in high school. She doesn't particularly enjoy being a parent, so she doesn't feel the need to act or dress like one. Thus, 3 kids and adulthood haven't "matured" her much. I'm glad you pointed that out though, I like getting the opportunity to share that sort of thing!

Thanks for the comments, babe! <3

Kaleeko April 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

@PiB:

Well, most people I know cheat in their stories, so I don't see that as a reason, personally.

The "look" of a simbot is easily changed in Edit in CAS. That's how I got Lilobot red, since that's not a normal simbot color.

But aye, not a lot of Sims are inventors. The skill is fairly useless, really; the gadgets aren't that helpful, so I could see most people avoiding it.

Well, I have seen a *ton* of vampire stories so far... But you're right, they're the easiest. Still, I'm pretty sure there'd be just as many even if it were the hardest to achieve. Twilight > I, Robot for most people. *sniffle*

M.J. April 26, 2011 at 12:13 AM  

Another lovely update.

I love how this post questioned and answered some basic points in life.

Your pictures are amazing.

And wow, here come the suspense!

Tender Wolf April 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM  

Bad boys, bad! That's not nice! How dare they hurt Lil! :( I'm glad Brad was able to fix her. :) And eee, they're having another baby! I see Margo is a toddler now, and lol @ Mer and Jeb! I detect Kenzie coming along in a while. hahaha

Wow, I wondered who was climbing out of a hole in the ground, not even sure it was a prisoner, and then when I read her name I was like...aaahhh! Naomi's mother is out! Run away! lol And Naomi's comment about holding Margo, makes me wonder if she might want to adopt a baby with Mia. :D Oh, and revenge? I wonder if Mia is going to get revenge on Jeb, or try to, since he got her busted (if I remember right).

Another great update, can't wait to find out what happens next!

Jennifer May 2, 2011 at 2:32 AM  

Awww, I felt so so bad for Lil. Those mean young boys!! How dare they!!
I loved the comparison with Lil and Alesha. They both have felt like they don't really belong. So sad. But very well portrayed Kaleeko. :)
And their having another little one. *squeals* Oh I can't wait! Any hints as to whether it's a sister or brother for Margo? :D

OMG to Carolina Freeman escaping prison. Yikes! Jeb had better watch his back.

Kaleeko May 2, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

@MJ:

Awww, thank you, MJ. <3 I did try to make it fairly philisophical, so I'm glad you noticed. :) It's always cool, when writing about AI, to discuss what 'rights' they have compared to humans.

Yus--the suspense begins, but it's certainly not going to be the last of it. ;)

Kaleeko May 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM  

@TW:

I'm definitely glad that Margo's finally a toddler... Makes her a little more interesting. ;D It'll be a while before she and Kenzie are full kids, though.

I'm glad you caught the comment Naomi made about the baby--hehe. She's definitely tempted by having a kid, but that's definitely not something she and Mia have discussed at.

You can definitely bet that it's Jeb that Carolina is after. >:D

Thanks, TW! *glompysmooch*

Kaleeko May 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM  

@Jennifer:

Things for Lil really are rough right now--but having Alesha finally wake up and smell the roses is definitely going to help. It is really sad, but sometimes it takes circumstances like that to truly bond. I don't think Alesha would've ever totally left her shell, otherwise.

No hints yet on whether the bun in the oven is a boy or girl--you'll just have to wait. ^^

Carolina escaping is deefinitely bad news... Especially for Jeb's life of crime. He's not going to have time to focus on being bad when his eyes are on the lookout for her. :S

Thanks for the comments, sweetum!

ElaynaS July 5, 2011 at 6:17 PM  

Oh wow, a sibling! I'm so excited :) I adore this branch of the family <3 I can;t wait to see more of their babies. How many do you think they'll have in the end? I see Alisha with lots, but Brad with two, maybe three kids.

Carolina escaped, surely guards are searching for her. I hope everyone stays alright...

Kat,  October 11, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

Wow. I hate to admit it but the first sentence brought tears to my eyes - all of those things are so little and minute but I love every one of them. Anyways, I can't believe I'm flying through your legacy so fast. I need to slow down or else I will be waiting for your next chapter like the others... ps the development of Lil is great (:

Kaleeko,  October 13, 2011 at 4:02 AM  

Aww!! Trust me... I tear up just writing the stuff, haha. I get way too emotionally involved with my characters. T_T

I am so, so glad you're enjoying it so much!! Warms my heart and makes me all giddy with glee! And thank you so, so much for your compliments--you really are too kind! <33

*snug* C=

PS: All fans of Lil make me *so* ecstatic, you have no idea! ^-^

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