I know what you’re thinking. “That’s not ghost drama, that’s pancakes!” This billboard kills me. It’s right behind their house, so I see it all the time.
In fact, I made pancakes for breakfast before sitting down to write this post. I use this recipe I found on Metafilter. It’s so easy!
Anyway – pauses for bite of pancake – back to the story. Lonnie Dean’s ghost rises from the grave at midnight, and returns at 5AM. That’s not much time, but it’s better than trying to date someone who has a job.
Eventually their relationship was high enough that Lorne could start out by asking if she wanted to come over to his house. This worked better because Lorne wasn’t constantly being scared by other ghosts.
So here’s how it went: Lorne invites her home, he hits on her a little, then she rejects him. “Lonnie is in too bad a mood,” the game’s helpful pop-up informs me.
Once I had Lorne ask her how her day was. The game said “Lonnie is having a bad day.” Apparently there aren’t any good days after you die, because she is always cranky.
He hits on her, she pushes him away, he cheers her up with a funny story, they make out. Night after night of this, and I still haven’t gotten the “Ask to go steady” menu option.
Then we have a milestone – their first kiss!
The “Ask to go steady” menu option appears! I am moving my mouse to click it! But I haven’t been watching the clock…
Because it’s 5AM, and she dissolves into orange mist before I can click. DAMMIT.
While Lorne is sleeping the days away to prepare for his midnight trysts, Klango earned enough money from painting to buy out the book store.
Alphabetti Books is now fully owned by the Alphabettis. Hooray!
Then Klango gets one of the random opportunities to “bring a loved one to the science center for resurrection.” After thinking for a few minutes, I chose Isabeau. (I can’t find Helvetica’s headstone. I think it might be stuck back on the lot where she died.)
The science center’s resurrection machine never quite works! But returning as a ghost is better than not returning at all, right?
“Hi, I’m the ghost of Lorne’s great-grandmother.” “I’m Lorne’s ghost girlfriend. Nice to meet you.”
Note that Isabeau’s ghost is silver, while Lonnie’s ghost is red-orange. Ghosts are color-coded by their method of death. Silver means that Isabeau died of old age. Red-orange means that Lonnie died in a fire.
Since Isabeau died of old age, we can conclude that she is an elder. What can we conclude about Lonnie’s age? That’s right: nothing. And now you’re two steps ahead of where I was, when I was playing.
Klango finally aged into an elder. The game gave him a leather bomber jacket and a pair of chinos. No way!
Much better. Klango just isn’t Klango without his crazy Hot Topic/motorcross outfit, regardless of his age.
That night Lorne and I were waiting around the graveyard for Lonnie to show up. I noticed a menu option when he clicked on her headstone. “Pick up headstone.”
Aha, I thought.
I had Lorne pick up her headstone and bring it home. Then I had Klango pick it up and take it to the science center. Once you have been invited to resurrect a loved one, you can bring in a headstone at any time and try again (for a fee).
The ghost of Lonnie walks!
Once she was corporeal, and playable, and living in the Alphabetti house, it was much easier to hook her up with Lorne. He proposed, and she accepted.
They had a lovely wedding out on the front lawn.
Except for the part where the groom peed his pants during the ceremony.
And three guests (a new record!) got stuck and I had to un-stick them with the “resetSims” cheat.
And after the wedding I sent Lorne and Lonnie off to the double bed for their honeymoon. And that is when I noticed that “Try For Baby” was not a bedtime option. And I clicked Lonnie’s info panel, and I discovered that… she’s an elder.
Elder females can’t get pregnant.
Which kind of negates the whole point of this little venture.
I give up. They adopted.
Meet baby Mandy!