Chapter 4.10 – Aspirations

Howie Arthur Starr was born on a Wednesday morning at Bridgeport City Hospital.  Compared to her first time round, Howie arrived much quicker than his older sister which was a welcomed relief to Esme.  This time it was just Alfie by her side as Carter was too poorly to leave the house and Anna stayed home to care for Georgia and her husband.

Alfie was over the moon to finally have a little boy.  Of course he adored his daughters but a son to a man was completely different and he could not wait to build train sets with him and take him fishing.  He would imagine what it would be like when he got older and he already had high hopes for his little boy.  Maybe he would be a doctor, or even a famous football player?  Either way, Alfie was sure his little boy had a big future ahead of him.

Anna and Esme would stand around and laugh at Alfie sometimes, watching him going about his daily business with Howie constantly attached to his hip like he was a trophy Alfie was parading around.  If Alfie had his way, he would have taken Howie to work with him each day, but Esme put her foot down on this!

That’s not to say he ignored his other children. Georgia was his little princess through and through.  She was a real girly girl and would hobble around the house dragging her oversized doll with her wherever she went playing mummy. 

She was also so easy to make happy.  She giggled all the time and whenever Alfie needed cheering up, all he would need to do was scoop her up and tickle her until she almost burst, savouring every last sensational giggle. 

So much was his devotion to his little princess that he let her get away with anything, even letting her dress him up and put makeup on him.

It gave Esme endless amusement to see Alfie covered in makeup.  “How do I look,” he would joke after Georgia had finished working her magic.

“You look just like a princess,” Esme would giggle loving Alfie even more for playing along with his daughters little games.

“You don’t think it’s a bit too heavy?”

“No way, Georgia’s done a stellar job!”

And we cannot forget about little Ronny – and nor did Alfie. Following the night when Ronny had snuck out to see her father, Alfie had it out with Joan.  At first she was livid that her daughter had chosen to disobey her to be with Alfie.  She blamed him for poisoning Ronny’s mind and luring her to him with promises of treats. 

There was so much screaming that Esme had to scoop Georgia up and take her to the next room. She settled her daughter down and tried to stifle out the raised voices by reading her a story.

Luckily Georgia had been oblivious to the screaming and finally settled down to sleep.  Esme sat next to her crib stroking her hair until the screaming finally subsided and was followed by a slamming door.  Eventually Alfie came into their room looking tired and beaten down.

At first Esme had feared the worst – Joan had not backed down.  She flopped onto the bed next to him and said: “go on then, spill it!”

“We’ve worked it out,” Alfie replied. 

“Thank goodness. Dare I ask what happened?”

“This is really tough for me to say,” Alfie said letting out a large sigh and running his fingers through his hair.  “I tried everything I could you have to believe me Esme.” 

“What is it,” Esme asked cautiously.  Did she even want to hear this?

“There is a condition for me seeing Ronny,” Alfie begun. “It’s that you are not allowed to be around when I do!”

“She can’t do that,” Esme shrieked.  This could tear the whole family apart!

“I am still going to fight it Esme I promise but for the time being it’s better than nothing.”

“I guess so,” Esme replied feeling completely defeated.  But she knew how important it was for Alfie to be with Ronny so if she had to make herself scarce, then so be.

“Thank you darling,” Alfie said wrapping his arms around Esme and kissing the top of her head. “I know how important it is for you to get to know Ronny too but I will keep working on Joan and one day we will all be one big happy family, I promise.”

Esme snuggled down into Alfie’s arms, everything always seemed better when she was here.

So the arrangement was that Alfie got to see Ronny every second Sunday. He would meet her in the city and take her anywhere she wanted.  Being shy and rather timid, Ronny was no adrenaline junky so their time was normally spent together at the park or at a push in the arcades.

Alfie made sure to tell Ronny how much he loved her as often as possible. He had a lot of lost months with his daughter and he needed her to know how wanted she was.  He showered her with treats and affection and relished every moment they got to spend together, however short it was.

It was a rainy Tuesday morning when Carter passed away, the day before Georgia’s birthday! It was not a shock, he had been poorly for a while now but it still did not ease the pain the family felt at losing him.  They held the wake for just close family members at the Starr family house where Esme and Anna shared the catering duties. 

From the older generation there were only two other members left – Kitty Boo and Charlie Junior.  Kitty Boo was extremely old now but due to her healthy vegetarian lifestyle she was still going strong. She had never married but did have one daughter Daisy who had moved abroad years ago.  Charlie’s wife Heather had passed away a while ago and his three children had also all moved away.  He was devastated by the death of his twin brother and the rest of the family were very worried about his health wondering if the pain would soon finish him off too.

Farah and her growing brood of four children came.  They were certainly a rowdy bunch running riot throughout the house.  Farah was too devastated to pay them any notice so it fell on Esme’s shoulder to shoo them outside and slam the door of silence on them.

Danny also made it back for the funeral. He had been living all these years in Japan exploring his heritage and then becoming part of the help aid designed to help re-build the country after the devastating Tsunami that destroyed most of the land a few years back.  He had never married nor had any children, but considered the Japanese people his family dedicating himself to looking after them. It was so nice to see her brother after all these years but Esme could see the lines of worry mapped across his face and knew that he had chosen a very difficult and lonely path for himself.

Because of the funeral, Georgia’s planned birthday party had fallen at the waist side and Esme and Alfie had agreed to let her age up overnight instead of make a big celebration out of it.  When she woke up the morning after the funeral, she had spouted significantly. 

The first thing she did was dash to the mirror, checking out her new longer and leaner physique.  Her hair had sprouted all the way down her back and was so bright orange she could not help but wonder if she would ever look inconspicuous again!

“Mummmmm,” she called sprinting down the stairs and into the front room where the rest of the family were.

“Well look at you big girl,” Alfie remarked glancing at Georgia from out of his newspaper.  “All grown up.” 

“Ooohh Georgia!  Hunny! You look so pretty,” Esme gasped clapping eyes on her daughter.

“Let me look at you, give us a twirl,” she said dashing over to her and looking her up and down. 

“But mummm,” Georgia moaned rolling her eyes.  “I don’t have anything to wear.” 

 “Of course you do.  I bought you that new outfit just the other day.  It’s hanging in your wardrobe waiting for you.” 

“Yeah but I don’t really like it.  I’m sorry mum it’s real pretty and all but it’s just not me!”  Esme turned at looked at Alfie is shock.  “I think someone takes after their mother,” he said from behind his newspaper and chuckling to himself.

“Ok hunny,” Esme sighed. “Pop up stairs and at least put the outfit on for now and then we will go shopping and you can pick out something else out for yourself.” 

“Yippy,” Georgia shrieked running off. 

She may look like her father, Esme thought, but she takes after me when it comes to the finer things in life.

“Yes hello I was wondering if you could help. My little girl has just aged up and we are looking for a new outfit for her.”  Esme, Georgia and Howie had headed down to one of the clothes boutiques in Bridgeport straight after breakfast that morning.  Georgia had moaned and fidgeted the whole way complaining about the outfit Esme had bought her and how much it itched.  By the time they arrived, Esme was just as anxious to buy her daughter something else as much as she was.

“Right away madam,” the sales assistant replied.  She was so polished Esme could nearly see her own reflection in her face and she did not have the heart to tell the girl that she had lipstick on her teeth.  “We have had a lovely new stock of children’s outfits in just yesterday – straight from Paris can you believe.”

“Sounds perfect,” Esme said winking at Georgia who was grinning from ear to ear.  She loved seeing her little girl so happy.

The sales assistant directed Georgia up onto the dressing pedestal and then strutted around her sizing her up and making oohs and arrs every so often.

“Now your hair is the colour of fire – almost strawberry but not quite there yet,” the sales assistant said.  “And your completion is fair but not too understated.  We must steer clear of pinks they will just wash you out.  Very dark, muted purples, plums and berry shades will look amazing with your hair.  Plus green is a versatile colour but I would go for a warmer shade with your colourings.”

Georgia watched the sales assistant in awe evaluating her and calculating everything to get the perfect combination.  She was spellbound by her ability to size her up just by sight loving everything the assistant made her try.  Georgia thought she was the most glamorous and well put together girl she had ever seen!

In the end they settled on a ruby red stripped dress and platted her hair so it was not so conspicuous. Georgia skipped out of the shop like she had had the biggest revelation of her life.  “I want to be a sales assistant when I grow up,” she told her mother.  “Just like the girl in there!”

Esme could not help but laugh a little, it was a great ambition to have but she had always had higher hopes for her daughter.  “What a wonderful idea kiddo,” she said. “But how about you take it a step further.  You don’t just have to sell things you know, you could make and design things too. The pictures you’ve already drawn your dad and I are so pretty. Maybe you could put your skills to designing then you can open your own shop one day?” 

Georgia had not considered something so elaborate but the more she thought about it the more she loved it.  “I’m gonna get started right now,” she shrieked racing off and the road towards the car. 

“Hold up kiddo,” Esme called, “I can’t run with your brother hanging onto me.”

“Come on mum we have to get home, I have work to do.” 

Esme could not believe how big her little girl was getting and she already knew what she wanted to do in life. Maybe they weren’t as alike as she had thought – she had only just properly realised what she wanted to be!

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89 Responses to Chapter 4.10 – Aspirations

  1. auryyy says:

    omg, first. haha 🙂

  2. oliviaaa says:

    yay ive been refreshing this all morning lol and I love Howie he is sooooo cute!

  3. Roxy says:

    lovvveee Howie. And Georgia is so pretty

  4. auryyy says:

    loved this chapter! It was so funny with Georgia giving Alfie a makeover and sad with Carter’s death. R.I.P Carter. 😦 But besides that Georgia is such a pretty girl and Farah’s kids are adorable. hehe ❤

  5. kirinokisu says:

    R.I.P Carter 😦
    But this was still a funny chapter and Esme’s kids are adorable!

  6. Bubii says:

    Georgia is so pretty! And Howie is very cute! And I like Georgia’s dress. When will next chapter updated? 🙂
    Carter will miss me. 😦

  7. Amanda says:

    Yay. I was hoping for a new chapter today. My wish was granted! Great chapter. It was great to see the rest of the family. Farrah and her rowdy kids, and kitty-boo, Charlie Jr, and Danny. Little Howie is a cutie-pie. I can tell even as a toddler that he’s going to be good looking when he grows up. I loved the make-over with Georgia. Joan makes me so angry though, i hope that they get custody of Ronnie. Or maybe Joan…gets hit by a car or something (kidding…sorta) lol

  8. marissa3 says:

    Aw Georgia is so cute, love her outfit and hair! Excited to see how Howie turns out when he grows up, its sad that Carters finally passed on though 😦
    Loved the bit where you gave a little explanation of all the other characters we don’t get to see as much, great chapter! xxx

  9. Esmée says:

    Aww, what a lovely chapter!
    Georgi and Howie are so cute! ❤

  10. Butterfield8 says:

    This chapter was adorable, but poor Carter! Hopefully Joan and Alfie will figure things out, and I can’t wait to see how Howie looks when he grows!
    I luv Georgia’s braided hair, where did you get it?

  11. SachaBez says:

    hey Sarah! Great to see another chapter up. How great are you? 😉

    Anyway, what I was going to ask is did Georgia actually choose her lifetime wish to be a designer? I didn’t know there was a lifetime wish for that?
    i didn’t know kids could have lifetime wishes, and Ive had the sims 3 since the frist day it came out in Britain.



    • StarSarah says:

      Yeah it came up as one of her wishes x

      • SachaBez says:

        Thanks Sarah xxx Your’e the best.
        gosh, it must take your ages to answer all of these questions in comments. I bet you repeat yourself loads!
        Anyway, when will the next chapter be up? I know you have work, and a life and everything, but the story line of it all is just…. I dont even know words to describe how great it is.
        I come home every day and i come to my laptop and look for a new chapter. When its there i feel like going WOOOOHOOOO!

        sorry for the long comment x
        ( P.S. Do you have any idea why in sims, sex is called “Woohoo”? ive wondered this for about 6 years lol)

        I was just wondering, did you base any of your founders on yourself?

        again sorry for the long comment


  12. Anonymous says:

    Georgia is just sooo cute…! Have you got a subscription for the TSR..? I cant find the hair anywhere :L x

  13. zimmya says:

    Awsome chapter! I cannot get over Georgia’s dress, where did you get it? Everything is going smoothly in the Starr household…I hope.


    P.S. RIP Carter!

  14. Eleasha says:

    Farah’s kids are sweet. And Howie is such an adorable name!

    One question; What happened to Sam? I’m assuming she doesn’t live with the Starrs anymore

    • StarSarah says:

      She was do angry at Esme for getting them caught that she moved as far away from her as possible. She now lives in Sim City and is still up to her old tricks x

      • phyrcracker93 says:

        aw man… I kinda liked Sam, and was hoping that she would change as well. but oh well… Great chapter, Georgia is very cute.

  15. Radke Legacy says:

    Great Chapter, love Georgia’s hair!

  16. Nightrain17 says:

    Awwww Georgia looks so cute with her new outfit, a fashion designer will make an interesting twist. And yay for little boys, but I still really really really hate Joan what’s her problem with Esme?

  17. jeremina5 says:

    🙂 Georgia looks very cute with her makeover! I’m glad to see Alfie is such a great father- with ALL of his children. I have a feeling that Georgia will inherit her mother’s personality…hopefully she won’t be too much of a handful. I will say, I half expected a make-up argument at the salon… lol! And seriously, how are you going to “off” Joan, so Ronnie can be happy?

  18. callierose says:

    Yay for seeing Kitty Boo again! 😀 and RIP Carter 😦 It was also really great to see Danny and Farah again – and her “brood” :L
    And Howie and Georgia are so adorable!! Georgia looks like a carbon copy of her dad 😀 I hope Alfie and Esme get full custody of Ronny(: Joan is beotch 😦 x

  19. Dreamy Underwood says:

    I miss Carter *sniffle*, How long of Anna do we have? Charlie and Kitty-Boo are next. I love seeing Danny and Farah again.

  20. Georgia is so cute! I already love her and already want her to be the heir! Haha. I guess I should wait to see more about Howie, though.

    – Jill

  21. Tree says:

    Long time reader finally commenting, haha. It was sooo good, and I’m glad there’s finally a redhead in the mix. (Being a ginger myself, it feels nice to finally be appreciated.) The only thing that I have to comment on is when Georgia had her birthday, you said it was “fallen at the waist side” but the saying is actually “fallen at the wayside!”

  22. Minty says:

    R.I.P Carter.
    This was a really nice chapter Sarah can’t wait to see more.

  23. gemmagirl says:

    I adore Georgia’s hair! It’s so pretty 🙂
    Sorry to hear about Carter, though x

  24. Glacia says:

    R.I.P Carter
    Oh Georgia is so cute: ), where did you get her hair from?

  25. Sarah says:

    awh Georgia is so cute. and i love her hair (colour and style). R.I.P carter d;o(. Howie is adorable.

  26. Moonkittiekat says:

    Georgia is beautiful! (just like all your sims). I love everything about her: hair, clothes, personality, name, you name it!

    Also Howie is also a cutie, but you cannot tell much on who he will grow up to look like yet so I will be waiting for yet another great update. 😀

  27. antsims3 says:

    Great chapter. It’s nice to read a chapter once in a while where there isn’t much drama going on. I loved the family dynamics, and I hope they can fix out this issue with Joan.

    Georgia is a very cute and ambitious girl! Can’t wait for more! 😀

    New chapters up on my blog, I’d be great for you to read and comment.

  28. Georgia is so cute! I love her hair! It’s so awesome that she already knows what she wants to do as well, I imagine it will help a lot. Can’t wait to see both her and Howie grow up.

  29. Alexandra says:

    Lovely, un-dramatic chapter! Georgia is adorable, and the braided hairstyle suits her very well. I will not miss Carter, but when Anna goes… That will be sad for me.

    On another note, the crib that Georgia is in as Esme reads to her, is that from TSR as well?

  30. Chellekaz says:

    Alfie is such a sweetheart, all dolled up in makeup! I think it’s a great look for him, to be honest. Georgia’s sure going to have a head start on her LTW, getting all prepared for it, but I have to be honest, I can’t wait to see Howie grown up a bit.

  31. Becci says:

    now that is one true ranga!!! She’ss gorgeous and so is Howie.
    RIP Carter 😦

  32. singer14 says:

    I love it!!! Poor Carter. 😦 Poor Danny. He deserves love.

  33. dorkney says:

    Farah has a Brady Bunch happening! I love Georgia’s hair! Do you know where you got it? 🙂

    RIP Carter. 😦

  34. Tawny says:

    Thx for the update on the family! GREAT chapyer! Lets get some more drama rolling in XD

  35. billy says:

    i went to family profiles and saw how much Georgia looked like Alfie, she got a very MANLY face, like if you gave her short hair and normal un-fancy clothes, she would like a George . I’m so far hmmm a Howie fan BTW

  36. Georgia is beautiful. Personally I don’t think she took after either parents. I think she has a entirely different personality. Poor Carter. I’ll miss him. And Howie is ADORABLE!!!! Great chapter by the way.

  37. EstherDelanoLegacy says:

    Ohhhh I like this chapter so much! Even though there was no drama in it, it was still so good and cute. 🙂 Oooh Alfie that’s just so cute, playing games with Georgia like that. It made me smile 🙂 Rest in peace, Carter, we will all miss you. Howie is really cute- his skin is so dark!
    I really like Georgia, she’s such a nice, ambitious little girl! 🙂
    Loved it!

  38. littlemisslien says:

    Ohh Georgia’s just so cute. ❤ With her ambition, and I like her orange hair, it's so extraordinary, in a good way.
    And RIP Carter 😦

  39. Ryssa says:


  40. Kawaii :3 says:

    Do I see a preggers Esme? *squee*

  41. Dannielle says:

    I want to download Georgia! And the sales lady complete with hair, makeup, and outfit. She’s sexy! Great chapter, it was humorous too.

  42. Dannielle says:

    P.S. I can’t wait to see Georgia become a fashion designer!!! Is that an ambition in an expansion pack or something? SO EXCITING!

  43. Octoberskies says:

    I really hope Georgia grows into her face….I mean when shes showing some kind of emotion she doesn’t look bad but if you look at that pic on the family profiles page…It’s just like…DAMN WE’RE YOU HIT WITH A UGLY STICK! [Sorry I’m so mean but she looks rather…manish for a girl in that pic…?]

  44. SachaBez says:

    Hey Sarah…
    i was wondering if you could do me a massive favour…
    you don’t have to do this if you don’t want too.
    I was wondering if you could put my simself into your game somehow.
    I will upload my simself to the exchange tomorrow afternoon. ( If this is ok wil you)
    My name is sachathesim.

    I know this is a massive favour and once again, you don’t have to do it if you don’t have too. I just think it would be awesome to be in one of you legacies…. I’ll feel famous.



  45. Mia says:

    Ohh how I have enjoyed these past chapters! SARAH YOU ARE AN AMAZING WRITER! I love Georgia already! I hope she becomes the next heiress. She seems so beatiful and so ambitious! And aww Howie is soo adorable! Loving it all! I am so excited to see what will come next 😀

  46. Caz says:

    Aww it’s always a little sad when an heir dies.
    I love Georgia’s hair colour, and wow! Does Alfie have some strong genes! She’s the spitting image of her dad. 🙂

  47. Lexi says:

    Although Georgia looks a lot like her father, I think she has Esme’s nose. Because if you look at the third to last picture of Georgia and the last picture of Esme their noses are the exact same thing. But now that a look at it, Esme and Alfie’s noses are similar, but Georgia’s looks a lot like Esme’s.
    So, we have a little Esme in her. 😀

  48. Ellie says:

    Howie and Georgia look so cute.
    R.I.P. Carter: He will be dearly missed 😦

  49. Berry says:

    hahaha the make up part was so adorable!

    Georgia is so cute!

  50. lckygrl1975 says:

    The kids have grown quick and RIP Carter. I will miss him 😦

  51. jaec52609 says:

    where did u get the crib? its aborable

  52. dinkyjen says:

    Georgia is so pretty! Things are looking up!

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