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At long last, the war saga is over.  Click on the picture to read the final chapter in the War Years plot arc.  From here on, it's back to your regular scheduled legacy programming.


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Jul. 5th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
This was a lovely chapter.

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Yes you did say William could chase after a Geisha Girl but not that he'd end up with one, it fits him.

I know I told you this already, but I'm still really happy you differentiated between Geisha and the Geisha Girls. I know that it's nit-picky but for some reason it really bugs me when people mix them up.

You really utilized Takemizu well. I also liked the various sets with the ships in the background.

Sakura and Danny are cute together and my inner 80s child laughed at the "Daniel-san."

Good luck with your rebuild!
Jul. 6th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

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William did his best to catch himself a Geisha Girl, but it just wasn’t meant to be. With free will off for filming purposes, it wasn’t in the cards.

The difference between true Geisha and Geisha Girls was something I wanted to mention because I knew that it was something that a lot of people knew about. It might be nit-picky, but it’s one of those historical accuracy things that I like to throw in every now and then.

Takemizu is really decorated well for filming, with so much in the background. I did download a few lots (like the shrine), because I couldn’t modify the existing ones to suit my purposes. As a secret, the shipyard that Danny was stationed at and the one where Shirley did her Rosie the Rivetering at are one and the same. I didn’t feel like building 2 shipyards, so I put the “base” in the same lot location her set was at.

Heh…yeah, Daniel-san made me giggle too. Of course, I realized as soon as I named Danny what would end up happening, since his role in the war was sketched out since he was born basically, baring him being a casualty. But by then, I’d already introduced him, so it was too late to rename him.

Thanks! All extracting and packaging is done. Now to uninstall, reinstall, and get to work recreating everything.

Thanks for commenting!
Jul. 5th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
What a lovely chapter to end the war series on.
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Sakura is a sweet girl. I wondered how she would go being in Simermerica. I can imagine how hard it must have been for the real people at that time.
I had a feeling something would happen when Dotty left her in the shop. Mrs Alcot is a piece of work, but just as well Dotty can take anyone on.
Jul. 6th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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Sakura is very sweet. I can’t wait to write more of her as the legacy progresses. Her story about marring a serviceman and then moving back to the states with him was real, even if for story purposes I had to move the timeline up a bit. Yeah, I kind of figured people would realize something was up when Sakura was all alone for a few. Mrs. Alcott is quite something, that’s for sure. Yes, Dotty can take care of herself and her family – you don’t want to cross her!

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Jul. 7th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
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I really liked the story between Danny and Sakura. Sakura herself is a very sweet and likable character and I actually felt a little angry during the scene with Mrs. Alcott. But it was great to see Dotty come to her sister-in-law's defense. :)

Also I did tear up and aww'ed a little when Danny told Sakura that he wanted her to be with him.
Jul. 7th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Sakura is very sweet (I gave her a typical Far East Local personality with high nice points). What Mrs. Alcott did was completely unacceptable and very unkind, but it did give Dotty a chance to show that she’s another feisty Bradford woman (Dotty only has 1 nice point).

Yeah, Danny may not have married Sakura for love, but he eventually got there. I can’t wait to write more of them.

Thanks for commenting.
Jul. 8th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
Once again I'm in awe of your ability to tackle the sensitivities of this era whilst creating a wonderful and enchanting story.

And yay for Dotty standing up for her sister-in-law :)
Jul. 8th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I've tried my best to weave in some of the more delicate issues without making them too much of a focus.

Dotty is very clannish, and will make sure her family is taken care of, that's for sure.

Thanks for commenting.
Jul. 10th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
[Commenty time!]I am amused at Danny wanting to keep some of this from his mother. I assume that's the bits with Lilah and all? And yes, she's fine with being no-strings-attached, but I do think she cares enough to want to know that a nice guy who she slept with is still, you know, alive and healthy at the end of the war.

Danny getting seasick is hilarious, considering he chose to join the navy. Kid, you should've tried going on a boat before taking a job that required you to be on one all the time!

I can't imagine being that cut off, but I suppose it was the way of things back then - with no email and fewer phones, letters were really the only communication with the people back home, and in a war...those took a long time to arrive. And, I mean, hearing that your sister has a boyfriend and got married in the same day...that's got to be tough. Though I'm amused that Danny freaked out about that way less than Nick did.

I assume that bit about Pearl Harbor is a real story?

You got through the war quickly in this chapter, but that makes sense - Danny would have been in high school, then basic training, then officer training, for probably most of the war. And, well, he wasn't on a warship; he wasn't directly involved in the fighting itself, so his days were much the same during the war.

I assume the difference is that real geishas have training and such, while the geisha girls are basically just straight up prostitutes?

Oh, Danny. So obsessed with his plans and such that he can't see what's right in front of his face. Idiot boy is in love and doesn't even know it.

Ah, marrying a Japanese woman was more of a hassle? Makes sense, considering they were technically the other side while women from Australia or England were not.

Heh, the saluting. I am amused that Danny did actually salute Nick...even if it was only once.

Sigh. Those Alcotts are not very nice people. Though it really did have to happen - racism was pretty widespread in America at that point, and, I mean, there were the Japanese internment camps. This is the east coast, so I'm not sure if it's better or worse than the west coast would be, but...Sakura did have to face that racism or it wouldn't be reality. (Not that sims are reality, but you know what I mean.)

I'm glad your war section ultimately ended on a happy note, with Danny and Sakura finally realizing what they felt for each other. Also, yay baby!

Can't wait for the 1950s and the baby boom!
Jul. 12th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)

Of course Danny doesn’t want his mother to know about his trysts with Lilah, even though Cindy probably wouldn’t have cared (Romance, duh). And I don’t think he’d like Cindy to know what Sakura did for work before they got married. He’d want to play up the “rescuing her from a war-torn country” angle rather than the “rescuing her because I paid her for sex and knocked her up” factor. I kind of figured that Lilah would want to know if Danny survived, and wouldn’t be opposed to another romp before he went back East.

I can’t remember where I came up with the idea that Danny would get seasick, but once I did I couldn’t let it go. I found it funny that, despite all his planning, he left out that one rather important detail. Fortunately, he won’t need to spend any time on a ship in the foreseeable future.

I kind of wanted emphasize the isolation, especially considering the fact that Danny was on a ship in the middle of nowhere. I may have exaggerated a bit with Danny finding out about Dotty & Edward dating and then getting married in the same day, but sometimes dramatic effect is more important than historical accuracy. Danny didn’t react as strongly because technically Dotty is the older twin, and Danny realized that he couldn’t do a darn thing about it considering where he was. Had Edward survived, Danny would have done the big brother thing when he met him in person, though.

Yes, the Pearl Harbor bit is a real story. The man Danny’s talking about is Petty Officer Doris Miller, who was a Mess Attendant on board the battleship West Virginia. Without any training on it, he used one of the ship’s machine guns to fire on the attacking Japanese aircraft. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross. /End history lesson. :P

Yeah, the war did seem to go by quick for Danny, but as you said, after training and then not being on an actual warship, things were monotonous and the same. And honestly, I didn’t feel like really writing another war-heavy chapter.

Geisha actually means artist, and they trained for years in dance, music, the arts and a bunch of other stuff. Somewhere, something got lost in translations and the GIs in occupied Japan thought that geishas were prostitutes. So yes, geisha girls may look like geishas, but they’re straight up prostitutes. My headcanon is that Sakura was in training to be a real geisha, but never actually had her debut so she ended up becoming a geisha girl because she had to do something to survive.

Yup, Danny spends all his time planning and none of it living, and can’t see the forest for the trees.

The issue with marrying a Japanese woman actually goes back to immigration laws that happened when immigrants from China were brought in to build the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. There were quotas, and they were reached quickly, so it was a huge PITA for anyone of Asian descent to enter the US. In the later 1940s they amended the laws so that wives of citizens didn’t count against the quota, but not until after when Danny and Sakura would have come back. Just another reason that I had to take a few liberties with their story.

I figured Danny would do the salute thing at least once…and only once. And if James, Cindy, and Sakura hadn’t been there to witness it, he’d deny he ever did it.

Yeah, with Matthew gone the Silas Alcotts have gotten to take on the villainous roles in the legacy. I did have to touch on the racism because it happened. I don’t know about whether or not it would have been better or worse on the East coast, but it seemed important to cover it.

Yeah, I wanted to end on a happy note. Leave it to Dotty to make Danny see what was right in front of him, and finally tell his wife that he loves her. Susan is freaking adorable, and looks very much like her mother, with Danny’s chin.

Baby boom will be starting soon! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the generation brings.

Thanks for commenting.
Jul. 21st, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Wow! this is fabulous :D

[Spoiler (click to open)]As always you've surpassed expectations and delivered a work of art. This was a great chapter to end the war series with. I really enjoyed getting to know Danny (never gave him much thought before) and the unique circumstances that brought him to matrimony.

Sakura's storyline was handled delicately and with respect. I applaud your bravery to address the prejudice she would have experienced here in America. Then again, you've never pulled any punches even when the content is difficult.

As always the Bradford clan made me proud. I loved this and you should give yourself a hefty slap to the back for a job well done :)
Jul. 22nd, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

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Aw, I’m blushing. I’m glad you thought it was a good way to end the war saga. Getting to know some of the minor characters was one of the reasons I did this, so I’m glad that it worked for you. He certainly didn’t have the traditional role to marriage.

I’m glad that you thought I did Sakura and her storyline justice. I always worry about whether or not I’m handling something like that appropriately, and I’m never relaxed until I hear feedback from my readers. I try not to pull punches, even when the subject matter makes me uncomfortable. History isn’t always pretty, and I like to be true to it when I can.

:D I’m glad you liked it, and the slap on the back is much appreciated.

Thanks for commenting.
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