(First off TY to my sweet daughter Tiffiny for the amusing title. It fits well!)
I promised you all a reader’s thank you to celebrate my 2-year blogaversary and here it is <3.
The Charming family story “in-a-nutshell.” I promise to be merciful with the length of this update (while still telling the story of course).
Side note: The ridiculous reality of this story is that I NEVER intended this to be a story. I had just finished a bachelor challenge that I wanted to continue AND I had a great idea for another story (that still exists in the dark recesses of my storyboard). Both would take some setup. I was not in the mood for that so I thought I would make a QUICK revisit to my surprise Insane Asylum winner for just an update or two. After a few updates, it became apparent that Snow had struck a chord with my readers … there would be more updates needed.
That was 2 years ago!
There are still more updates needed.
To begin we have to go BACK to the beginning … so here we go way BACK to the very beginning.
Driven to madness by the dwarves, Snow White had sought respite in the Newcrest Asylum. It was perhaps an unfortunate idea, in that the seven people she now lived with pushed her farther into madness than the dwarves ever did.
Snow was your average lunatic. Nothing really set her apart from her housemates. She had her quirks, but she was not the most insane among them.
A little harmless aggravation time to time, but again, nothing to make her notable.
Well, except … there was that ONE incident with poor Sol.
Santa had started the drama earlier that day, Sol sustained it, and Snow finished it.
It sure did not help her popularity with asylum denizens!
In the end, her only really good and true friend was Abe. Honest Abe knew he could trust her to take his side in any drama involving his nemesis, the bookshelf, and he really appreciated that about her.
Snow never did figure out why he was so mad at the bookshelf … oh I digress, sorry.
Without the distraction of a social life, Snow was driven deeper and deeper into her art. She found that painting was very therapeutic.
It helped her focus her emotions and calmed her!
On and on the challenge continued.
Each contestant plugging away, making decent progress in their aspirations.
Well except Abe … no one knew what he was doing. Ahh but again I digress.
When everyone was expecting a Santa win, late one night Snow came in and swept it away from him!
No one saw it coming (not even me)!
She finished that last masterpiece and earned her freedom!
She took off to spend a bit of time in Granite Falls … which is where we caught up with her a bit later.
Soon Snow settled into a small lovely house in Windenburg. This was HOME. A place to call her own and her heart seemed strangely connected to this place.
Life was very pleasant (and so comfortable) there but it always seemed as though something or someone was missing!
A nagging deep in her being that was difficult to ignore and kept her on the lookout … for what she did not know …
She tried to satisfy the longing with clubs and clubbing but nothing stuck.
Well, unless you count DON (UGH). He stuck but it was about as welcome as toilet paper dragging behind your shoe.
Time went on and try as she might find relief from the void. This yearning was always there whispering to her heart.
(AN: There is a backstory to this heart’s desire but it is too complicated to put here. Just trust that it was real. For those of you who want to know more .. it can be found here wedding & backstory).
Then one day, on that beach where she been drawn so often, she found it! Well, technically “it” found her.
What followed was magical. The flames of love burned brightly in the hearts of these long-lost lovers!
A wedding date was set. Snow was resplendent in her scarlet gown and Prince declared himself the happiest man in the world!
The magical love between these two was not lost even in death.
THE END right?
Time to move those other stories from the back burner?
So I thought.
Readers were NOT happy with me!
NOT happy at all!
So with the magic of Sims and the newly released (then) wishing well ...
Redux came to be.
The other stories remain on the back burner even today.
Snow and Prince would get a second chance a life and this time they would do life together.
Thanks to the whole “til death do you part” clause, the first thing to be done was to get married (again).
It was a FAB wedding!
We got to meet Prince’s family for the first time too.
The King and Queen (aka Mom and Dad Charming), the sisters Blair, Irene, dear little Caroline and Snow’s best friend, the elegant Dr. Ellie.
After a beautiful honeymoon, the young couple (who have always shunned court life) settled into a beautiful private home on the palace grounds.
Not long after this, Snow became quite ill.
A concerned Prince called in Dr. Ellie to treat Snow’s mysterious illness.
Shortly thereafter we welcomed the darling little “illness” … Rose White.
Welcome, Charming Nooboo.
Mom and dad were smitten!
She was a joy to her family.
Rose White grew in wisdom and favor, a delight to all who knew her.
Rose White was not to be an only child for long.
Snow announced with great excitement that there was another Charming Nooboo on the way.
Rose White was delighted. She would be the best big sister ever!
The stress and strains of place life were impacting Snow’s health so Prince took the little family off for a lengthy sabbatical.
It was during this time they met Bruno.
Although Rose White was afraid at first, it soon became apparent that she had nothing to fear from this friendly little brown bear.
Bruno and Rose White became fast friends. Even Prince and Snow grew to love him. Little did they know then how dear to the family Bruno would become.
EA had a little surprise for me … actually 3 surprises (TY EA for significantly adjusting my storyboard).
Meet Rose Red, Violet and Lily.
As you can imagine, although it was a very happy time, it was also a tad bit crazy for the family.
During this busy time, the family lost the Queen Mum (the King had already passed when Rose White was young).
After an appropriate time of national mourning, Prince and Snow were enthroned as King and Queen of Windenburg.
There was much joy in the kingdom.
The little family was growing up. The triplets were a bundle of sweetness, chatter, and giggles.
Bruno was their very best friend .. especially close to one. Can you guess which LOL ?!
Rose White was becoming a stunning beauty and dearly loved as the heir apparent to the throne.
Long live the future Queen Rose White.
Not everyone in Windenburg was happy during this golden time! A sinister dark one was up to no good. Her hatred towards Snow grew stronger and stronger. She became bolder and bolder in pursuing her diabolical plan.
Evella, the dark queen was determined to destroy the Charmings!
Employing 2 stooges (she could not afford 3), she set about to make their destruction happen!
Donning her disguise …
With the assistance of the Stooges, she took the queen captive.
Enter our hero … the dashing valiant Officer Thies! (fans self)
Evella’s cunning was no match for his tenacity! He would get his (wo)man.
Finally, under intense interrogation, the 2 stooges rolled on her and Snow was rescued.
The Stooges went to jail …
and Evella was committed to the Hope Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane.
The Stooges reformed (truth is that they liked Queen Snow) …
but never Evella. The depth of her evil is unmeasurable!
After murdering the HPC night staff with poisoned coffee, she made her escape.
As she made her exit she vowed to return to Windenburg to seek revenge.
With Evella out of the picture and Officer Theis ever vigilant in his care for the Royal family, everyone could relax and enjoy life again.
She kept good on her promise to return … go here to read that story The Menace Returns
Prince had a surprise planned for them … a trip abroad.
The family was called upon to make a Good Will tour of America to celebrate the strong ties that the countries enjoyed with each other.
From Times Square to San Francisco .. it was a delightful whirlwind of sights and activities.
While they were on the road the triplets aged up.
It was then that Rose Red revealed that she and Bruno were in a committed relationship.
Snow was a bit freaked out at first .. I mean, after all, he is a bear!
Back home and EA had yet another little surprise for me. Another opportunity for me to exercise flexibility on my storyboard.
Welcome baby Aster. AAAAND he is a redhead??
The relationship between Rose Red and Bruno continued to grow. They were inseparable. His family adored the princess as well! Everyone agreed that they were destined to be together.
Well, except for the fact that he is a bear .. OR IS HE?
One day momma bear told Rosie the story of their enchantment, a twisted tale of sorcery and curses.
They had been a royal family. Their great-grandfather had been heir to the throne. It had been stolen from him by his evil twin sister Mildred who, using dark magic, had put a curse on them.
Bruno told Rose that his new friends (plant sim) Juniper and Aspen, that their wicked mistress had a dark book that they thought they could help. At great personal risk, they stole the book and brought it to Bruno.
“The book says that the only way the curse can be broken is by a kiss from the red rose.”
Needless to say, someone was (IS) very unhappy with Bruno and Rose Red (Juniper and Aspen as well .. they flee for their lives).
There are many suitors who seek to court Windenburg’s future Queen. To give each guy a fair chance a plan was made. First, the suitors were vetted by Officer Thies and King Charming. A list of those who were thought honest and upright was given to Rose. She, with the help of her personal assistant and best friend, Claudia,
reviewed the names and selected 16 to meet and spend time with.
Dreamy Mike – dreamboat with a Yacht!
Suave David – German pianist and art collector
Sweet Preston – popular city life blogger, skateboarder, and city artist.
Ezra – recently turned vamp .. disqualified.
Gentle Stephen – lived on an enchanted island .. parents were mermaids.
Amusing Jack Frost 🙂
Adorable Nick – a member of the Windenburg Police Department – opted out. Felt his civic duty would compromise his ability to be King.
Noel – bad egg that got past the screening. Accosted the princess while in a drunken rage.
The darling Florez brothers – Pace and Junior. Strong family and community base! Junior loves to dance and Pace is a romantic musician.
Debonaire Darien – white-collar city worker/dweller who yearns for a more provincial life.
Melodic Prince & Jesse – members of the band IT (internal tantrum) Jesse plays keys and Prince fronts the band with vocals.
Delightful Darren – Baseball player and volunteer firefighter
Captivating Hugo – dreamy Pirate
Their stories can be read at Search for a King
The dating was done and You, the readers, were called upon to vote.
You did and chose the 7 to go forward:
At the end of much happiness and heartbreak (depending on your pov) the final choice was made by you the reader (vote):
Mike will be King!
Which brings us to An Era of Charming Tales
Did you think we were EVER going to get here .. I didn’t LOL
I will give a brief synopsis here but I would recommend you go back at least to Rose & Mike’s wedding.
Everything is sweet for the Charmings. Rose is home and engaged to Mike (even though they have not officially announced it).
Snow wrote a pancake cookbook .. it may be the only thing she ever learned to cook BUT she does them the best!
We have had a few weddings:
Officer Theis and Claudia
Bruno and Rose Red
Lily and Alexander Goth
If I might make a quick note here .. some of you do not know but Alexander has been trying to be a royal for a LONG time. He was originally rejected for the Search for A King by officer Theis and Prince because they deemed him a person of questionable character.
Mike & Rose White
An Engagement – Violet and Jack Frost
A couple of Birthdays: Aster is a teen now.
And Bruno’s cute little-adopted sister Molly seems to have her eye on him.
The Story of Molly’s adoption by Bruno’s family is a sweet one. One of my personal favs that I have written. Go here to read it if you would like to … The gift
King and Queen Charming are elders … not to worry! It has not slowed them down one bit!
Sadly not all is goodness and light …
Evella continues to breathe out her wrath. Coming against both Snow’s offspring, especially at Bruno and Rose Red.
She has a new minion … The Weasel.
Officer Theis has brought in reinforcements and they are hot on the case!
Did I say HOT in the same sentence as Officer Thies .. Freudian slip maybe?
Rosie is having mysterious difficulties.
She is having auditory (hears singing) and visual hallucinations and Bruno is so concerned!
At the advice of Dr. Ellie’s colleague …
they are medicating her.
Mike and Rose White are still enjoying their honeymoon in Italy.
This brings to THE END .. of this “in-a-nutshell” update but def NOT the end of the Charmings.