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The Bradford Legacy - Chapter 30

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Dec. 29th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, it appears Rosalie's pedestal is getting very shaky!

I adore Shirley, and Dwight seems adorable, I hope their family finds happiness.

It was lovely to meet all the new children, and I thought the image of Steven with all the Bradford ancestors was a wonderful reminder of how far this legacy has come.

Also, on a completely different note, I love the Bradford's kitchen :D
Dec. 30th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Rosalie’s about to discover that she built her castle on sand.

Shirley is forever awesome, and Dwight is just great. I have plans for them, and it does include some happiness.

It was a lot of new kids, and I’m looking forward to showing them off a bit more in upcoming chapters. I liked the picture of Steven in the upstairs hallway with all the portraits too. It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come sometimes.

I love the kitchen too! It’s so 50s!

Thanks for commenting!
Dec. 31st, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
Careful Rosalie, your pedestal ain't looking too stable!

Oh Shirley, may you find true happiness.

The Bradford's kitchen is so great! I just love it. :)

That's a mighty-fine cliff-hanger you left us hanging from.
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Rosalie’s put herself in a very precarious position.

Shirley’s not the type to just let things happen, so rest assured that she’ll go out and find her happiness somehow.

The kitchen really is so great. I love that retro look.

Yep, that’s quit the cliffie I left you with. Hopefully I can get the next chapter out before too much longer.

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Jan. 2nd, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
[Spoiler (click to open)]Rosalie is definitely putting herself in a delicate situation. With eight kids to raise and her husband out of the house at most times, she’s no doubt tiring herself out. Her situation somehow reminded me of Henri’s except that she still has her parents to do some of the work.

Steven is such a darling. It’s interesting to see him learning about the responsibilities of being heir at such a young age. No doubt that he’ll make a fine leader someday.

So the suspected Simmunist is… Bruce Thorne?! That somehow explains why he hasn’t helped Rosalie with the kids. Turns out Taddy’s right to suspect him of something, but whether or not he’s really guilty is something, I have to wait.

In short, great chapter!
Jan. 5th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Rosalie is putting herself in a bad spot. She is exhausted, not that she would ever admit it, and it doesn’t help that Bruce isn’t home all that much. In some ways, there are parallels between Rosalie and Henri, but the big difference here is that this is the life that Rosalie thought she wanted whereas Henri’s situation was sort of thrust upon her. Still, I think that Rosalie’s doing a bit of reevaluating right about now.

Steven is such a cutie. I love him to bits. He’s very serious like Nick (no playful points at all), so it kind of made sense to have him think about responsibility early on. It’s kind of funny that you say “he’ll make a fine leader,” as I think that I’m going to have him go into the politics career since he’s Popularity and his LTW is to have 20 best friends.

Yup, Bruce is under suspicion. It does make a few pieces fall in to place if that is indeed what he’s up to. But as you said, you’ll just have to wait and see if he’s guilty or the victim of the Simmunist witch hunt.

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Jan. 5th, 2014 10:48 am (UTC)
Yay update!

[Spoiler (click to open)]Okay, so Rosalie's household of craziness makes me anxious! Holy baby boom, batman! I do actually feel bad for her because she clearly needs help but she has done it to herself. She should be insisting that Bruce help and she should be letting her parents help as well but that is just not her way.

Poor Shirley. I hope that when the sixties roll around she gets to go out and find some employment. Or at least she can get a job when she's an elder. I can see her really liking that. Oooh, great idea Alice. Shirley should adopt! I'd love to see that happen.

It's so nice to see the main house calm and happy! *hugs Alice* I don't think Nick would voluntarily leave you again dear. It cost him too much the first time around. LOL at their TV being nicer that Rosalie's and at James liking soap operas. He totally would!

Oh boy...you know in all of your drabbles I never guessed that Bruce would be the one with simmunist leanings. It definitely makes sense (and honestly I'm glad it is that and not him cheating on Rosalie). This is not going to end well for anyone though.

Great update! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Jan. 5th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
I love the name you gave Rosalie’s house, because it really is just that. I can’t believe I decided to let ACR determine the number of kids they’d have. You are spot-on when you say she’s done it to herself, because that is the truth. This is what she wanted (or thought she did anyway). She should be accepting offers of help or insisting that her husband help. But as you said, that’s not her way.

Yeah, Shirley’s having a tough time of it. The taste of what could be during the war has made going back into the role of housewife very hard for her. I’ll have to see how things play out, but I can totally see her eventually working again, and she would be so much happier. Shirley’s thinking about Alice’s adoption idea, and you’ll see her decision in the next chapter.

Heh, main house calm and happy. Who’d have thought? No, Nick wouldn’t voluntarily go anywhere again, but Alice has her moments of irrationality just like the rest of us. Yup, time to start worrying about keeping up with the Jones (or the Thornes in this case). Yeah, James would totally get addicted to soap operas.

That makes me wonder who you thought might be accused of being a Simmunist. Yeah, if he were cheating on Rosalie Taddy would end him, totally, with James and Sterling aiding and abetting. Sadly, it’s not going to cause a lot of issues for a lot of people.

Thanks for the comment!
Jan. 5th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
[Spoiler (click to open)]I honestly wasn't sure who it was at all. I knew it wasn't main house because I couldn't see Nick being a Simmunist but I wasn't sure which cousin's house it might be. I think I briefly thought that it was Clarence at one point just because he's been putting on appearances in other ways but I wasn't convinced that it was him.
Jan. 6th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I was just curious. It's always interesting to hear what other people's theories are.
Jan. 6th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Comment catch up time! (Though really, I'm not THAT late...)

[Commenty!]You have got to do, I don't know, family pictures or something. Or at least a big group picture with everyone labeled. Because there is no way I can keep everyone's kids straight, especially Rosalie's brood! I wouldn't mind some good close up face shots of Nick and Alice's kids, either, and, you know, personalities/aspirations/etc.

It's interesting to see the contrast and compare between Shirley and Rosalie, because I think they're both unhappy, though they show it in very different ways. For Shirley, it's outward - she knows she wants more than she has, but she also sees no way to get it. For Rosalie...well, she's not even willing to admit she's unhappy, but I think the number of kids and Bruce's lack of involvement with actually raising them make her less happy than she claims to be. Alice definitely is the happiest of that trio, which is nice for her, but sad for the other two.

Gotta admit, I'm curious about your future plans for Dotty, especially since she won't be that old - only in her late 30s, early 40s - when hippies pop up in the 1960s. There's a lot of opportunity for her, and it'll be interesting to see what she does with it.

Yeah, McCarthyism really was a witch hunt. Some of the people caught may have been guilty, but others...not so much.

I am highly amused at James's addiction to soap operas. He would!

It'll be interesting to see how Steven reacts to duty when he's a bit older - as a teen or a young adult, especially once the late 1960s roll around and other things start seeming much more important. He's super serious, though, isn't he? So he'll probably be one of the least hippie-ish kids of the generation.

So Bruce may or may not be a communist. I have to say, it's not that shocking, and you were clearly leading up to it all chapter. Of course, it may or may not be true, and if it's not, it's still likely to destroy him, considering the sentiments of the era. ANd yeah, this is gonna be a mess for Rosalie, since even if he is, she's clearly not involved in any of it. It'll get her off her high horse, I suppose, but...I don't know, I still feel bad for her if it's true.

Can't wait for more!
Jan. 6th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
You are most definitely not late, considering the chapter’s only been out for a week.

I do need to do pictures of the kids with stats and such. I *think* I have pics of all the ones from the “main” families, and will just have to take the time to do it. It’s even hard for me to keep all the kids straight this generation, because there are so darn many of them.

Shirley and Rosalie are quite the foils to each other in a lot of ways, but they do handle their discontent with their situations in very different ways. No, Rosalie would never admit that she’s not happy, since she has was she always thought she wanted. Shirley’s just upset with the whole situation, and she’s not afraid to show it. I think the saddest part about Alice being so happy is that she wants her friends to have that too, and she doesn’t know how to help them.

Dotty will come back into play in the next chapter, and I’m not sure how far I’ll get with my plans for her there to be honest. She’s interesting too, because though she has was some women want (i.e. a job and being self-sufficient), she’s still looked down upon in other ways because she’s not married with children. I’m excited about what’s coming for her.

McCarthyism was such a witch hunt. I’m sure that some of the accused deserved it, but not all.

Heh. James would be addicted to soap operas. He’d love watching other’s people’s drama.

Steven’s going to be an interesting heir for the 60s because he has no playful points, just like his dad. That will make how he combines the changing times with his personality. Since his is Popularity, I’m toying with the idea of him going into politics, as that seems like an appropriate way for a serious person to go about changing the world.

Yeah, Bruce is (possibly) up to something. I didn’t think it would be too shocking, and yeah, I was totally dropping hints all chapter long. No matter what the outcome, it’s going to seriously affect him and his family. It might even force Rosalie to make some tough choices; who knows? It won’t be easy for her, of course, but you know that Alice and Shirley (even if Shirley is still mad at Rosalie) will do whatever they can to help out.

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