A big thank you to EA for providing me with early access via the Game Changers program. ŦĦ€ ₣ŘỮƗŦ Ø₣ ŦĦ€ ΜØŦĦ€Ř ƗŞ βØỮŇŦƗ₣ỮŁ.
Strange things happen all the time in the world of The Sims 4. Take, for example, the way everyone forgot about the existence of weather and seasons for years and then suddenly snow started falling from the sky again! ƤŘΔƗŞ€ ŦĦ€ ΔŁΜƗǤĦŦ¥ ǤỮŘỮŞ! Or the way all Sims used to be created equal until Simstagram became a thing and everyone started screaming at those weird glowing Sims because apparently they were FAAAAMOOOSE! ØỮŘ €¥€Ş ΔŘ€ ŞŦΔŘŘ¥! Or the mystery of why there are cars driving up and down the streets but nobody knows anyone who actually owns a car and there doesn’t seem to be any way of getting inside them. ŴĦ¥ ĐƗĐ ¥ØỮ ΜΔҜ€ ƗŦ ŦĦƗŞ ŴΔ¥ ΜØŦĦ€Ř???
But nothing… NOTHING! …had prepared Cinderelli_Sim for what was about to happen next!
But seriously… there are going to be spoilers in this post. Lots of them. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
Cinderelli was innocently enjoying gardening and dreaming of being famous when she heard a strange whirring sound. The next thing she knew a whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes) had appeared!
‘We have to investigate this,’ she announced to The Beast, ‘there is a mystery to solve!’
‘Ok. But it sounds suspicious. Maybe we should leave the kids with Grandma and Granddad Mouse?’
And just like that Cinderelli and The Beast were magically whisked away to Strangerville.
‘This place reminds me of something…’ Cinderelli mused, surveying the dusty mountains and dry orange sand. ‘I feel like I’ve been somewhere like this before. A long long time ago.’
‘STRANGEE!’ The Beast replied as he checked out the tiny little trailer they would call home for the next few weeks. ‘Oh look! There’s a robot I can beat up!’
‘Maybe you should put some pants on?’ Cinderelli suggested, one eyebrow raised.
‘Nah, I get more kick range in my underpants!’ The Beast launched into a roundhouse kick and Cinderelli averted her eyes.
‘I guess I’ll go and explore the neighbourhood then!’
The Beast had been enjoying his new sparring hobby for a few minutes before he became aware of a presence behind him. He looked up to see an elderly man lumbering towards him.
Hmm… he looks awfully tense. Maybe he want to ask me about yoga stretches.
As the gentleman ambled closer, The Beast realised that there was something… very strange… about him.
‘Uh… hello,’ The Beast waved a hand in front of the man’s face, ‘Anyone home?’
The man jerked his body awkwardly, ‘ŁØØK ŦØ ŦĦ€ ŞK¥ IŦ Ŵ€ŁĆØΜ€Ş UŞ ΔŁŁ!’
‘Yeah, the sky is great. Really… blue.’
The Beast stepped back and allowed the awkward man to continue on his way.
I should probably lock the trailer door, The Beast thought. And it was a wise decision as suddenly more weird locals wobbled and jerked their way into the trailer park.
‘ØUŘ €¥€Ş ΔŘ€ ØƤ€Ň!’
‘Oh, hi there,’ The Beast waved politely as he unobtrusively locked the trailer door behind him.
One woman was carrying fruitcake, ‘ĆØŇŞUΜ€ ŦĦ€ FŘUIŦ ØF ŦĦ€ ΜØŦĦ€Ř!’
‘That looks delicious,’ The Beast lied, ‘Tell your mother I said thanks for the fruitcake.’
An awkward silence followed. The woman stared at him. He stared at her. She was still holding the fruitcake.
‘Uh… you can just put that over there on the picnic table,’ The Beast laughed nervously.
The woman continued to stare at him with that blank smile.
The Beast raised one hand… he couldn’t help himself… what if he just… slapped her a little bit?
‘Hey! Snap out of it!’
The woman continued to stare.
‘ĴØIŇ UŞ IŇ ŦĦ€ ĆŘΔŦ€Ř!’
The Beast jumped as the man suddenly spoke right behind him. With that last word the group shuffled away.
Meanwhile, Cinderelli had stumbled across an interesting stall full of weird and wonderfull oddities.
A geeky guy with a colander on his head and an Simluminati t-shirt waved her over. ‘Hey, you there! Are you tired of the government listening in on your phonecalls? Worried aliens will abduct and impregnate your husband? Concerned about why there are so many cars but nobody knows how to drive them? Well step right up to Erwin’s Oddities and we will help you find the solution you need!’
‘Nice hat!’ Cinderelli quipped.
‘Oh, you like it?’ Erwin tilted his colander proudly, ‘It may be rudimentary but it will stop The Mother from taking over your grey matter.’
‘I’ll take one!’ Cinderelli said eagerly, ‘Do you have it in black?’
‘Of course!’ Erwin pulled a colander out from under the counter. Pretty soon Cinderelli was feeling delightfully silly in her new hat!
‘So who is this Mother person and what does she want with my brain?’
Erwin shrugged, his colander wobbling comically on his head, ‘We’re not sure exactly… but you’ve seen those Sims acting weird around town right? Well, they keep talking about someone or SOMETHING called “The Mother”. There’s a lot of military in town and they’ve been showing a lot of interest in the science facility lately. We think they are working on some kind of mind control device!’
‘Mmmmhmmm,’ Cinderelli said, noticing something pulsing on the guy’s t-shirt, ‘And who is “we”?’
Erwin leaned closer to her and whispered in a conspiratorial tone, ‘Those of us who aren’t afraid of the truth. Don’t trust anyone in the military. And don’t speak about any of this without wearing your hat. They’re listening!’
Cinderelli rushed home, she couldn’t wait to tell The Beast about the crazy conspiracy guy and to show off her new hat! But The Beast wasn’t at the trailer. There was a note on the fridge…
Cinderelli sighed. Well, if she was going to check out the local bar she should probably get changed. And she wanted to get some flowers planted ready for the change in season. As she was planting her autumn flowers she noticed a strange fruit half-buried in the soil.
‘I guess you can surprise me,’ she whispered to the pulsating orb as she patted it gently into the dirt.
Cinderelli didn’t have to look far to find The Beast! The bar was right across the road from the trailer park and The Beast was stood outside talking animatedly to a crowd of Sims dressed in military garb.
‘And then I said, “Tell your mother I said thanks for the fruitcake”!’
The soldiers burst out laughing and there was a smattering of applause and some cheerful back-slapping.
Cinderelli adjusted her colander nervously. Erwin had told her to be wary of the military.
The Beast spotted her, ‘Cinderelli! Come here and meet my new friends!’
‘Uh… hi…’ Cinderelli waved shyly. The soldiers smirked as they eyed her head-wear which annoyed her and made her feel rebellious. Loudly and proudly she asked, ‘Do you like my new hat!?’
‘It’s… very you.’ The Beast laughed, hugging her happily, ‘Guess what?’
‘I joined the army!’
‘Oh,’ Cinderelli thought for a moment then whispered, ‘Well, that’s great! You can be my spy on the inside. You can get top secret information about The Mother.’
‘What are you talking about?’ The Beast tapped her colander playfully, ‘Come on, you weirdo, let’s get you a drink!’
Will the mother take over The Beast’s mind because he refused to wear a colander on his head?
Will Cinderelli get herself into trouble with the military because of her conspiracy theories?
Will anyone eat the fruitcake?
Find out in Part 2 of Cinderelli Investigates Strangerville!