It was hard to believe I had just met my new salamander friend a day ago. Oshi and I have become fast friends already. I don’t think it is because we have so much in common. She is an excellent gardener and plays the violin so wonderfully. Me … well most of my skill set centers around collecting cats, talking and starting fires (I would like to take some more guitar lessons but I get the feeling that Ridge is trying to avoid that subject). Anyway, I digress! Whatever it is we clicked right from the start.
Oshi had accepted my dinner invite and we found ourselves just chatting away all thru the meal. The conversation was just as sweet as the grilled fruit kabobs with honey and cinnamon that I had prepared for the occasion.
We are kindred spirits, I guess you’d say. We shared similar experiences wandering in the wilderness right after the devastation to our world. Like me, she was glad to find a secure community. Murkland might not seem like much to some but for us it is home. Ahhh but again I digress (add good at rabbit trails to my skill set).
After dinner I got a small inferno going. Mmmmm smores (my favorite ) were on the dessert menu!
Marshmallow roasting can be a bit perilous but thankfully we both survived.
After dinner, Oshi invited me to visit her camp to meet her fellow campmates. I had never been to Salamander Burner Camp #36 and I was tickled to meet some new folks.
I told her I would be along after I finished putting the food away. I could see the goat eyeballing the fruit kabobs all through dessert .. just waiting for me to vacate the premises. He has been quite hard to handle lately. ( I think the notoriety that he got after his journal entry has gone to his head ).
My first encounter with an SBC #36 dweller was uncomfortable, to say the least. Raerei found my sudden presence near her camp a bit distressing. In fact to say that she was skeptical of who I was and what I was doing there would be an understatement.
I do try to be a contributing member of the salamander community and did not appreciate the insinuation that I may be a person of ill repute! She had my hackles up and I was not shy about expressing my issue with her point of view.
Thankfully Oshi quickly intervened before the finger pointing turned to fisticuffs. She settled the issue and “properly” introduced us. With a mutual apology, all was made well between Rae and I (as Brennachan says) with HUGS
and hip bumps!
Rae was quick to offer an explanation for her foul mood. The camp has been experiencing a lot of stress lately that stems from Lavender’s continuing insistence that she is suffering various unusual maladies.
“She has persisted in her “anguish” despite constant reassurances from Dusty boots that she is just fine.”
Rae continued over dinner, “the camp has descended into a melancholy despondency.”
Off to the side, I could make out that a few of the girls were having a conversation regarding the situation.
Rainy groaned, “OH I have had enough! This place is gloomy without her dying of something new every week!”
“Last week it was Erdheim-Chester disease and before that Porphyria.” An obviously exasperated Megs sighed, ” and let’s not forget how much of an uproar she had the camp in when she “found out” she had Castleman disease. I did not think any of us were going to survive that.”
Jeep girl interjected sullenly, “And she has starting to try to diagnose us. Just two weeks ago she told ME that I had something called Turner Syndrome because she said my eyes were abnormally narrow and squinty .. now REALLY do I LOOK like I have abnormally squinty eyes.”
Rainy and Oshi just looked around awkwardly.
Thankfully Jeep Girl did not notice.
Oshi piped up, “We all agree then .. someone needs to get THAT book away from her. Ever since she found it down at the old library we have had no reprieve from her many illnesses.”
Megs frowned at the thought and stated the obvious, “she’s going to be angry you know.”
Jeep girl brightened. “I have an idea,” she glanced in my direction, “let’s let the new girl do it.”
With the stress level in camp so high, Rae excused herself and sought refuge (and a nap) in a quiet place outside of the fray.
Seeking to (also) extract myself from this gloomy situation and since technically it was the next day already (bath day) I suggested a trip to the Hot Springs and invited any would wish to join me. Rainy happily accepted. A few of the other girls said they would love to and would meet us there.
Would have been a lovely evening too but … uuhhh yeah … guess what … er who showed up …
Don the party crasher decided to “join you lovely ladies” … AUGH! We tried hard to ignore him in the hopes he would just go away. Don is not easily rebuffed.
Poor Rainy! She’s not that kind of girl Don.
(Yeah he is there .. he is always there … I swear EA hates me.)
Mother nature calls and honestly, there is nothing worse than finding someone asleep in the potty bush!
Really Simantha this is NOT the best place for a nap!
The next morning camp chores would not wait. I was suffering a lack of sleep from my late night Hot Springs excursion and felt as though I could fall asleep standing up.
I need to buy a coffee pot. I’ve heard there’s a new Mercantile in town perhaps it is time for me to make them a visit and give up a little bit of my hard-earned simoleons.
With only a few hours left in “today,” I decided to head on down to the Hot Springs for a quick dip. The day’s chores had left me definitely feeling murky.
On my way out I bumped into one of my new neighbors. I introduced myself to Autumn Freegan. As we chatted I learned she was also going to the Hot Springs. We agreed that we should go together because the hour is late and the buddy system is always a safe bet. She needed to stop by her house to grab her suit.
I was glad to meet my new neighbors. The Freegans are an interesting bunch.
As we entered the encampment Autumn and her brother Forest immediately became enmeshed in some sort of heated controversy about some mysterious visitors … I really don’t know … I couldn’t make out what they were talking about.
I attempted to break into the discussion, “We should probably get going Autumn … ”
Then the very famous Brennachan Freegan popped out to see what was going on. I was thrilled to make her acquaintance. I told her I had stopped by with Autumn to pick up her bathing suit and that we were on our way to the Hot Springs for a quick dip.
Brennachan thought that sounded like a lovely idea. “Would you mind if a few more of us tagged long? Perhaps a little time in the hot springs will cool these two off.”
WOW even Pops Freegan came out for this trip.
Guess who shows up! Brennachan has to firmly tell Don that she is not interested. Her heart belongs to Pookie … wherever he is.
I sure had a great time with my new neighbor. Got a little too murky playing in the slippery marsh. (Oh don’t worry … yes he is very handsome but my heart is sealed to Ridge).
The next day I was so surprised to get a lunch invitation from Brennachan. I was especially surprised to find out we were going to the Pufferdome for sushi. Like my Ridge and his family, the Freegans are all vegan.
I was happy that we were meeting up with Meagan too. We managed to duck in and get seated before Don could wander in and “join” us.
At lunch we decided that we should bring a few of the camps together for a party. The word went out that there would be a meet up at 9 pm in The Nukecrest Ruins Park and whoever wanted to come was invited. While some of my friends were MIA, the turn out was awesome.
Lisabee grilled up some yummy tofu dogs to take care of any late night munchies.
Everyone was having a great time connecting. Even Don was behaving.
Pop Freegan made friends with one of the infected. He said he definitely met his match on the chess table with this one. That game went on forever.
The DJ showed up about midnight and the dance party began in earnest.
We all danced until the wee hours of the morning. I drug myself home … three days of late nights have taken its toll. That old tent of mine never looked so comfy. I crawled in and crashed instantly.
Say WHAT! You’ve got to be kidding me!
It was about 4 AM when I finally got rid of her and crawled back in to get a couple hours of shut eye.
I am sad to announce that my late night carousing had rather some unfortunate repercussions. I am a part of the dance team Doomsday divas. The next night we were competing in the Freezer Bunny Dance Off …
and right during our routine … yes it was NOT pretty.
You can read of Lisabee’s misadventure on SoulGal7’s blog spot (linked below in the credits) and find out who won the dance contest (the rest of her awesome Murky story is fab too).
*********************** Credits ********************************
First off many thanks to our fearless leader Brennachan. We origin ID Brennachan
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