A Christmas Eve Story 02

December 18th, 2006

Bonus:

A little something to deck your desktops for Christmas:

1600 x 1200

The quote on the wallpaper is paraphrased from some dialogue in the movie Love Actually.

Happy Holidays and thank you for all your support this year!

 

Outtakes:

"Hello, I'm Jason Ramsey. You may know me from Worlds Apart…or you may not as I haven't officially appeared in it yet… Anyway, today Kara has allowed me to narrate the outtakes from Part 02 of the 'A Christmas Eve Story'. It was either me or Alec and I'm sure you've all seen enough of Alec by now, am I right?"

"Can you hear me now? A hands-free headset was required for the car scene in this chapter. Safety first, you know."

"Luckily, it looks good too."

"My son Tory (look, he has his dad's smile) was excited to help out in some of the car scenes. Notice the blue walls in the background? This is what the car photos looked like before the special effects were added. That's right, we never even left the garage. Kara said it was easier to control the lighting if we filmed indoors."

"I think Tory got a little frustrated with how long the shoot was taking and very bored when he realized the car wasn't actually going anywhere. He thought the shoot was going to be more exciting than it turned out being."

"For Saena's side of the phone conversation, she was actually supposed to chat with someone other than me (since my headset is just a prop it doesn't really work). But before that could happen, the shoot ran into a small snag. Kara had forgotten that Saena didn't know anyone in the neighborhood. So, in a panic, she called her sister Kim and had her rush over to meet Saena. Luckily, the two women got on well…"

"…and before long, Saena had a new best friend and someone to talk to on the phone. Thanks, Kim, for helping out."

"Hey, how'd this picture get in here? We don't need to see anymore pictures of Alec. Moving right along…"

"Ah, such a cunning look, Saena-girl. What are you planning?

And with that lovely face, I leave you, my friends. I hope to see you for the next chapter. Well, actually, we won't see each other for the next chapter as I'm not in it, but I'll be back for the fourth and final chapter. Hopefully, this tale will be completed before the new year. Merry Christmas!"

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17 Responses to “A Christmas Eve Story 02”

  1. Mao says:

    Geeze, that's some introduction to Alex! He really knows how to steal the limelight. Saena is gorgeous! I love her look… and so well done, considering all the limitations of the sims.

    I loved the "Get off a Saena!" comment. Kids are adorable. Poor Jason, stiffed by retailers… he should know better!

  2. Alicia says:

    man, i just love Saena. She's gotta be the most awesome flirt ever. XD She has such a cute face.

    Great chapter, can't wait for the rest.. and yes indeed, quite an introduction to Alec… *wink*

  3. amalinaball says:

    Aww…Alec is in love! Or rather, he has found a new conquest…or has Saena…or…agg, I'm so confused. But Alec is here, yay! I love his hair, it's beautiful!

    Oh, and it looks like some big problemos for Jason and Brandee. :( Oh dear! I hope they patch it up.

    This story is great! You really know how to grip the reader, Kara!

  4. eva says:

    WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW! Completely speechless. I was laughing all of the way through this story. Alec..so cunning. And and and, Saena is so funny and cute. Its so funny.
    The twins are so cute, but I have to admit I love little Tory better. And I have a question..ummm..I don't mean to be a pain, but where did you get Saena's and Brandee's hair…And the twin's clothes..and Jason's. Haha, sorry, but I love everything about this house. But ok, I'm shutting up and leaving. Can't wait for the next chapter, which of course, will probably have Hale and and Tahlvin. Saena better keep her hands off of them! Even though they probably will bring dates. Or atleast Tahlvin has Sam. Haha, ok, nevermind.

  5. amalinaball says:

    Eva, I know have a bad habit of answering questions aimed at other people, but I decided to gloat about my new Peggy's membership.

    So Brandee's hair is from Peggy Sims. And so is Saena's. Both are member downloads though, so you have to pay.

  6. Decorgal says:

    "She shoved her fingers into his silky hair and pulled his lips down to cover hers. His groan vibrated through her as he took her mouth with a savage intensity that sent a jolt of electricity racing from her lips straight down to her toes."

    Whew! Is it hot in here? I love your writing prose and this promises to be a great story. I love all the coy shots you have of Saena and her eyes- so much expression for a sim. I'm looking forward to the next chapter!

  7. eva says:

    Haha, ok well thanks alot Amalinaball, I don't mind who answers the questions, I just want them to be answered. Thanks! And you have every right to gloat about your membership, I would too, if I had any money to buy one in the first place.

  8. Jenny says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1…awesome, i love, love this story, well all your stories so far:)…….all the details, amazing……where is Jason't earphone from?….and wow, great photoshopping on the outside winter driving scenes! so realistic….I will one day write like you on my story…..

  9. Jade says:

    Okay Kara. Please, fess up. How the HECK did you get the outside shots of the car to look so real? Oh please, please share. *begs*

    You are a genius. I think I've mentioned that before.

  10. Kara says:

    Ugh…we were without internet connection all of yesterday. It's funny how much I depend on it. I think it must have been down to fix things caused by the horrible windstorm last Thursday. We are still without phone service (since Sunday)…hopefully that'll be fixed soon.

    Mao: hehe I had too much fun with Alec and Saena in this chapter. Alec's scene wasn't going to be this big, but, well, you know how it goes sometimes—he demanded more screentime and he got it. I'm a sucker for hot guys. And, I'm glad you like how Saena turned out. I struggled with her look for a long time before it finally clicked.

    Alicia: Oh, I've just scratched the surface of how flirty Saena can be. Her character was initially created along with Brandee and Tahlvin's characters back when I was roleplaying in World of Warcraft. Let's just say that Tahlvin and Saena got to know each other VERY well. hehe

    Amalinaball: I still can't decide on which hair I want Alec to wear in the main Worlds Apart story. I feel so wishy-washy. And I'm glad I've managed to keep you in a state of "grippedness." ;)

    Eva: As I mentioned before, it was fun to write Saena and Alec's meeting in this chapter. For the longest time I was struggling with how to get him over to the house in the first place and then realized he could come borrow some sugar. I mean, it's silly but surely people have to do it in real life, right?

    As for you questions (and thank you Amalinaball for the info. about the hair) : Nathan's clothes are from TSR by Ninika, Tory's outfit is by lueppi, and Jason's outfit is from Eyecandy (follow the Christmas calendar link, I can't remember which date I found it under though).

    Decorgal: I always get nervous writing sexual tension because I'm afraid that it won't come across as…hot or exciting as I imagine it in my head. So, I'm glad that it seems to have worked well for you. :mrgreen: Phew!

    Jenny: Thank you! :) It was a lot of work, but I had fun doing the special effects for the driving pictures. As for the earphones, I got those from MTS2 by funnyycats.

    Jade: Well, okay, I'll try explaining, but I warn you I'm not nearly as good at it as you. So, be forewarned that I may just spew out garbled nonsense here. ;) Anyway, as you can see in the outtakes, I took the car pictures against a blue screen. I also made sure that I'd turned off anti-aliasing (turn the graphics setting to "less smooth" or something) so that it would be easier to extract the blue background. Then, with Photoshop, I used the Background Eraser Tool to remove all the blue screen. Next, I resized a winter photo that I got from a stock photo site and slid it onto a layer below the picture of Jason and the car. To make it look like the car was moving, I used Blur>Motion Blur (for the side shots) or Blur>Radial Blur (for the long shots) on the winter photos. I'm not sure if something comparable can be done in other graphics programs.

  11. verity says:

    Hey Kara, I just found your webpage and have been avidly reading for the last few days to catch up. Your pictures are absolutely amazing… every single one is so perfect! And wow are your men hot or what =). Let me just say phwoar. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I can't wait to see more of World's Apart.

  12. Jade says:

    Thank you so much Kara for explaining that. You are a dear.

  13. Kara says:

    Verity: Welcome to the site! I hope you enjoyed catching up on everything…although there's not too much to catch up on yet. ;) I'm considering this story a warm-up for the main storyline of Worlds Apart. I hope to hit the ground running in 2007.

    Jade: You're welcome! Let me know if you need me to elaborate further.

  14. Jen says:

    Beautiful shots again! Amazing. I hope you have a Happy Holiday, Kara!

  15. Shawn says:

    I must say Saena is hot. This is excellent, Kara!

  16. Alimah Kali says:

    Meow, meow, MEEOOOWW! It seems that no matter how hard I try I can't seem to stop melting in Mr. Regrets gorgeous clear blue eyes. Whooo-wee! Let me get myself over to Chapter 03 before I completely lose myself. *fans self*

    Saena is a very lucky gal, indeed. I didn't think I'd be rooting for her, but–GO SAENA! And that last shot of her is freakin' awesome.

  17. alison says:

    o my god! they all look sooo real!! how do u do dat? nd i vave loads of downloads i want use dat i have saved but cant get on da game!! help mmeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!1 {please!!}

 

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