Ghost 8 – James

Darkness fell outside and I materialized in the house. I heard Julia’s footsteps behind me and turned.

“James!” Her smile was wide. “I’ve missed you.”

Julia and James in her bedroom.

My heart froze. I’m not surprised she called me James. I’ve been talking about James and myself in the same breath since she was born. But I wasn’t James. The boy in the pictures didn’t feel like me or perhaps it was that I didn’t feel like him? Plus, if that was true that mean I’d been alive once…

“I’m not James,” I said shaking my head. Her smile faded slightly. There had been plenty of times in the darkness that I’d wanted to be James. To have known a different existence outside the darkness. But I knew that was just wishful thinking.

“But, you look like James,” she said tilting her head. “Although more see-through.”

Julia is in her pjs - my favorite purple bunny pjs.

If I could have become any paler, I would have. I looked like James? How could she even know? “Where have you seen James?” I asked.

“On the computer,” she said. “We had to do a report in history and since I live in the ‘haunted house’ I did it on you! Or, um, on James. There’s lots of newspapers online from when he died.”

“Pictures of James?” I knew what James looked like from the images the darkness showed me. Could her James really be the same as my James?

“Sure, wanna see?” I nodded and she led me out of her room and down the hallway to Hank’s office. “Shhhhh,” she whispered tiptoeing. She pointed down the stairs and I could see lights and hear the murmur of voices. Hank and Sofia were still awake.

Julia and James sneak down the hallway. The light is on downstairs.

She pushed the door open and shut it carefully behind her. Then Julia sat down at the computer confidently and started clicking the mouse and typing. I wasn’t sure what she was doing. I’ve never used a computer. So I waited. I wondered why I didn’t feel more excited, or more nervous. Perhaps I just didn’t know how to feel?

“Here,” she pointed at the screen and leaned back. I moved forward. The picture certainly looked like James. Like the boy in the pictures.

Julia points at the computer. James is watching behind her

“I look like that?” I asked.

She turned and looked closely a me. Studying. I tried not to fidget.

“You do,” she said at last with a nod. “Haven’t you ever seen yourself?”

“No,” I admitted. I’d been too scared.

“Oh, come!” She jumped out of the chair. If she could have grabbed my hand and pulled me she would have dragged me all the way to the bathroom. I followed her helplessly until we both stood in front of the mirror.

“There,” she pronounced. I looked. I did look like James.

Julia and James and their mirror reflections. Julia is watching James.


“Mom, Dad?” Julia’s voice drifted into the living room as she peaked her head around the corner. She was in her pajamas. But she was supposed to have been in bed an hour ago. She watched James float sadly to the bottom of the stairs. Her parents were sitting on the couch and they looked up as she entered.

Julia and James stand at the bottom of the stairs. PS Hank has really improve the house from before.

“What is it peanut?” Hank asked looking concerned. She rarely bothered them unless it was really important.

“I – ” now she hesitated. The plan had seem clear moments ago. It had certainly sounded a lot less crazy up in her room. “I wanted you to meet James.”

“James?” Sofia frowned. “From school? You can certain invite any of your friends over, but now isn’t really the – ”

Sofia and Hank are talking across the room to Julia

“-No,” Julia interrupted. “James,” she pointed at the ghost in the behind her. She urged him to come closer bu he just sort of stood there, looking down at his toes. She frowned and looked back at her parents.

They both had looked where she pointed and for a long moment no one spoke. Julia wasn’t even sure if she breathed. Her mom broke the silence.We see the backs of Hank and Sofia on the couch. Julia is in her pjs at the bottom of the stairs. Alone. We do not see James.

“Honey, I know the kids at school tease you for living here – the haunted house – right? But pretending to see ghosts isn’t going to help.”

“Dad?” Julia looked at her father hopefully. He was still looking where she pointed, but at her words he turned to her and shook his head.

“You’re mother’s right, peanut. Plus, it’s long past time for you to be in bed.” He stood up.

Julia turned to James who sort of shrugged and then faded away.Julia looks at James. He is sad.

He’d been less enthusiastic about the whole plan from the start. Like he knew it was going to turn out this way.

Julia and Hank walk up the stairs in to the darkness of the second floor.

“Look,” her father said as they walked up the stairs. “It doesn’t hurt to have imaginary friends. I had some too, growing up. But you need to make sure they stay imaginary.” He tucked her back into bed. “Alright, peanut?”

Julia and Hank are sitting on her bed chatting.

“I can still  play with James?” She was pretty sure he wasn’t imaginary, but perhaps…her mom did say she had a great imagination.

“Of course. Just know that no one else can see him.” Julia nodded reluctantly.


Hank looks down at his sleeping daughter.Hank kissed his daughter on her forehead and closed the door firmly behind him. At least she wasn’t afraid of the dark. Then since he was upstairs, he checked in on Molly and Lara. They too were still sleeping soundly.

05-25-16_11-52-50 PM

He returned downstairs to his wife.

“Is she okay?” He could tell she wasn’t asking just about tonight’s events but the whole situation. This had been brewing a while. Julia teacher had called just last week about her ‘ghost.’ He’d given her a piece of his mind about how the other kids teased her, but he’d agreed telling stories probably wasn’t the best way to make friends.

“Yes. We had a talk about imaginary friends.”

“That’s what this is, right?” Sofia asked. “Just her imagination? She’s not really being haunted by a ghost.”

“Did you see a ghost?” Hank asked.

Hank and Sofia are talking on the couch.

“No, no.” She let out a long breath and then smile. “I guess you’re right. Funny. When I first moved in with you I wanted there to be a ghost so badly. Now, I want this ‘James’ to be just her imagination.”

“Here,” Hank said turning his wife and leaning back to reach her shoulders. She leaned against him. “You’ve been carrying too many books at the library, your back is in knots.” He chuckled and continued the massage. “Don’t worry so much.”

Hank massages Sofia's shoulders. Really this couple is too cute.

Sofia and Hank return to flirting on the couch. If you were wondering what they were up to when Julia apeared.

* Upstairs Hallway Wall paneling Beach Cirkus by K-Hippie
* Julia’s purple bedspread is by CF – link unknown sorry! I just downloaded a different ModPod Sleeper recolor set that I’ll be using going forward because it has more recolors.
* Sofia’s round glasses are Esmeralda’s Small Round Glasses
* Mirror screenshot made possible only via the Sim Teleportor Mod
* Challenge details: CitizenErased14’s Ambrosia Challenge

Current Score 997 (-3 points for the ghost being in the same room as a non-heir). I found a way to avoid having James in the same room when Julia went to show him off so no points lost there.


    • Ah, that’s my fault! It was scheduled, I thought, to go out at 7am, but at 8 I realized the time was set wrong. So rather than post it “now” which is hard to do from that interface, I cheated and back timed it. I bet the mail isn’t triggered properly that way. I’ll be more careful in the future!

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    • I love that you are reminded of D2D , I mean it’ll be totally different, but that’s definitely the inspiration. I’m kind of seeing how different I can make it, but some things are just too perfect to skip over, like trying to convince everyone you’re not insane for seeing a ghost!

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  1. Julia is so cute! Especially in that bunny hoodie. While I’m still not excited about actually getting TS4, it’s good to see that it has some really nice outfits for kids. The selection of nice kids’ clothes in TS3 was kind of lacking for the most part.

    It’s also really interesting how detached James is from the James that was alive. It makes me again think about what it would be like to look at yourself from an outsider’s perspective (I say “again” because that’s one of the many things I like to ponder at random). It would definitely be an experience…

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    • Ooh it’s the type of things I like to ponder to. Identity and what make you you.

      They’re getting better at kids stuff that is for sure. The bunny outfit is my fav. Allll my kids wear it. I forget when they added it… Get to Work?

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      • Identity is one of my favourite things to think about.

        I actually found some of the TS4 kids outfits converted to TS3 and went on a crazy downloading spree. Though I haven’t tested if they work in-game, yet.

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  2. I wonder if James will completely recover his memories and identity… it’s neat to think about what happens to someone’s identity after they’re no longer in the same form… (Oh! I just glanced up at Ripu’s comment and I see she’s talking about identity, too! I think we share the same mind…)

    Also, isn’t Julia awesome? Wow! How is she to play? She seems like she’d be so smart! I really love late-gen kids! They’re amazing… so completely whole.

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    • She is amazing to play so far! I’m not sure James ever will if only because his current earliest memories predate any of his memories of James. But who knows what will happen when he had a body again.

      Identity is my all time favorite theme to write about.

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  3. Ok!! I get it now. James didnt realize he was a ghost.

    So I’m still curious who the narrator was unless that was just James flashing on his life before he became the ghost. That makes sense too.

    Love the similarities yet differences between this and D2D!

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    • The “I” in this story is always the ghost. If that helps. During those early scenes of James’s life, the ghost was experiencing it like a movie as he walked through the darkness, so we see what happens and the ghost’s reactions to what happens. But it’s disconnected since the ghost doesn’t identify with the boy in those images. Hope that helps?

      The similarities keep surprising me with D2D. I tried to be as different I as I could and yet I still end up with similar plot points happening. Haha. It does have (I believe) a very different feel at least.

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      • Yes I believe you have a different overall voice than Amanda when reading D2D! I also believe I was getting it now that the “ghost” narrator didn’t realize he was James and seeing flashes of his life as the boy.

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