It’s a Very, Very Mad World
Our childhoods are spent exploring. We see the world truly for the first
time, and we find our place in it. We discover our identity.
My new found freedom was wonderful. I could go anywhere. The world was mine to explore.
I jogged along the beach for a bit. I can’t leave home just yet, but I can stay away as much as possible.
I need a way of making money. Then I can escape for good.
A sudden thought occurs to me. I could steal stuff off the beach
when no one was looking.
What? Why was I thinking that! How could I?
Maybe it was the mask. Maybe it was the stolen nursery decorations. I pull out my fishing rod. That’s a nice honest way to earn money!
Three sardines? They can’t be worth more than 6 simoleons. Sigh.
Oh wubba! My parent’s wedding is in an hour. I run home to take a nap.
It’s not long before the guests arrive. May sneaks up behind Alina and scares the wits out of her.
Great. I don’t need Alina in one of her moods again.
Everyone gathers. I have to explain that I didn’t paint that picture. Then as the couple start saying their vows, Kimmo’s pocket rings.
He looks shocked. He uses all his restraint not to answer it.
It was all I could do not to break down, but it wasn’t enough. *Sob. I gotta get out of here.
I curl up in Kimmo’s bed and have a nightmare about the two-faced masked man. No one really knows what he’s thinking, cause he changes his masks at will.
The next day is Monday! I get up early and try to work off some of that baby fat. Wonder what the school kids will think of my mask?
Heh. Either way, I’m so excited. I’ll get a free lunch at school.
I don’t go home afterwards. No way. I’ve got a whole city to explore.
I’m still thinking about my failure at fishing. I really need to make some money… Just past the school I find a house with a mailbox labeled “Clavel.”
I ring the doorbell. I musta startled someone cause they yell and run upstairs. I wait. A man walks back down.
His name is Gage Brody, and he actually looks concerned about me.
I tell him my favorite joke about why the sun wears sunglasses. We both laugh.
Maybe Gage is someone I can really count on, for once. I ask him to help with my homework.
He looks more puzzled than I do sometimes, but we get through it.
Hmm, no one else at this house really notices me. It’s late and I’m going to need a shower before school tomorrow…
Wow. This bathroom is nice.
A thought crosses my mind. I try to dismiss it. I can’t do that.
But no one is watching… They won’t miss one light… It’s worth way more than sardines!
That was easy! Maaaaybe they won’t miss both lights.
Total darkness. I can sneak out something bigger now. That mirror? Ha!
Better take my shower now.
The gig’s over. I’m caught. Why did I do this in the first place? I feel terrible!
They…haven’t noticed? Are these people blind! They’re just mad at me for using their stupid shower.
Well two can play at that game.
“Shoo! Go away!”
But they don’t go away. Three chatty men gather around me, like they’ve haven’t talked to anyone else in ages.
“Hi, I’m Dave Ramsey. No one here does the dishes. No one!”
They. Woooon’t. Leave.
“I’m Xander Clavel. Everyone I yell at gets mad at me! The nerve!”
I think they finally bore themselves to death.
“Do you like music? *Yaaaawn. I love music, I think.”
I walk away slowly. What have I done? How could they not notice?
That was chaotic, but not in the way I expected. I start to think. Maybe
this isn’t a bad thing.
Maybe this is how I can make money and escape. Maybe…this is just my identity. I feel a
sense of hope for the first time.
It’s ten o’clock when I get home. Someone’s broken the sink again, and I don’t even care.
I snuggle under the covers of my rosewood bed and dream.
I dream of the kind man who helped my with my homework…
…And of showers…
…And dirty dishes.