Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, the SUA bombed several cities including Sim City, Bridgeport, and Starlight Shores. In the bombing, Obi was critically injured and is in the hospital. Max had reached out to Mindy to help comfort the kids as he couldn’t do it alone, Leia’s anxiety having gotten the best of her. And now on with the story.
Wolfgang arrived at the Starlight Shores Hospital the morning after the attacks. He had only gotten one message through all of the commotion. That his brother was in the hospital. When the chief asked for volunteers to do the PR run at Starlight Shores General Hospital since the agent in charge there had retired the week before and the new one was injured in the attacks, Wolfgang immediately agreed.
He knew from Max which room they were gathered around and so he just headed towards it.
Joshua apparently had arrived before he did and was soon following. “They set us up a room down the other hallway. We’re supposed to meet the head of the hospital to get his statement.”
“Yea, in an hour.”
“He said he had a group of people in another room for us to talk to while we wait. So why are you still walking…”
“Did you forget that I have family that lives here, Joshua?” Wolfgang stopped suddenly and wheeled around, “My brother got critically wounded in the attacks. I’m not here right now as Agent Avilla-Rand. I’m here right now as Wolfgang. I don’t know how bad he is or which brother of mine it is. I got dropped before I could catch a name or a condition.”
“I forgot. I’m sorry. Do you want me to go talk to the people the Hospital Chief told us to talk to or what?”
“Yea, do that.”
“Alright. I’ll take charge today. If you need to stay with your brother longer than an hour, I can get the statement alone. As well as do the press conference.
Wolfgang continued on and his heart dropped when he saw Leia, Max, Mindy, and their kids outside of a room. Wolfgang figured it was Obi and they weren’t sure he was going to make it. He could tell Mindy had seen him and recognized him but the others had not.
“Uncle Wolfgang,” James said, “We… we didn’t think…”
Leia stood up and ran crying to her older brother. “Shhh, Leia, calm yourself, my being here doesn’t make things worse. And James, I wasn’t sure I would be able to get here either so I couldn’t begin to attempt to tell your father that I would come. I’m technically here on assignment. Heading up the investigation for Starlight Shores.”
“So why are you here and not doing that?” Max said.
“Because you told me my brother was hurt. Do we know anything?” Wolfgang asked.
“He’s still in critical condition and they’re still telling us it could go either way,” Max said.
“Have you guys had anything to eat since you guys heard?” Wolfgang said.
“No,” Max said.
“Then go get something to eat in the cafeteria. I’ll send for you if anything changes. I promise. We’re going to need our strength,” Wolfgang said.
When they had moved towards the cafeteria, Wolfgang stepped inside of the room Obi was in. He pulled a chair up next to the bed and sat down. For a while, he just cried. “I’m sorry, Obi. I’ve been too preoccupied with my work to come visit and see how you were doing since getting back to work after the divorce. But I suppose things were fine as I didn’t have any worried phone calls from Leia. I’m sorry you’re hurt. I should have seen this coming. I’ve been knee deep in the SUA case since Eva’s attack and then murder a few years later. I should have seen that they were headed towards starting a war and when and where. Should have known so that I could have told you and our sisters and brother. I’ve failed as a cousin and I’ve failed as a brother, I’m sorry.”
Hours turned into days. And days turned into weeks. And still Obi did not wake. He was stable, just not waking up. Doctors were saying it was due to how old he was, that he was taking so long to recover. As there weren’t signs of him being a vegetable.
And the Rands went back to work and school. The adults took turns waiting in the room so that he wouldn’t be alone when he woke up. The kids spent the weekends there and were usually in the daycare center area helping keep the younger kids entertained. The hospital staff was thankful as it kept the kids in the proper area and not running around the hopsital.
It was one such weekend and Canderous’s day when Obi finally regained consciousness.
“What happened?” Obi said.
“You’re awake!” Canderous said, “Don’t sit up too fast, you’ve been in a coma for almost two months. You were injured in a terrorist attack orchestrated by the SUA.”
“SUA. That’s familiar. Why? And two months?”
“The SUA murdered Eva. And yea, two months. I’m going to call the doctors in here and step out to make a few calls.”
Canderous had called the family and went to the nursery to tell the kids. They were told no more than two at a time so the first two sent in were Minerva and Albus. And they took turns going in. Wolfgang was last and that was of his own doing.
He stepped into the room when it was his turn and started, “I’m sorry…”
Obi interrupted him by raising his hand. “It’s not your fault. Mission gave me a heads up about your wallowing.”
“Don’t but me, Wolfgang. Unless you’re trying to tell me that you’re a member of the SUA. Then by all means but me until the cows come home.”
And Obi was discharged from the hospital a week after he regained consciousness. His face was left scarred from the attack. And he spent many nights awake as the memories came back in nightmares. And bad enough that at first he would crash on the couch during the day from pure exhaustion. Time progressed, though, and with help from Max, Leia, and Mission as well as the passing of time, the nightmares subsided.
And while Obi got over the attack, life went on. The war ramped up against the SUA. There was even a draft put into place. Hermione also soon grew up and she wasn’t drafted during the first round of the draft she had to go through. And she quickly moved out to find her own way in life. Max and Leia were wary given the curse, but knew they couldn’t stop her from being her own person. Even if that meant she wouldn’t necessarily be the happiest Sim in the world.
And a year later, Minerva was also turning eighteen. She, like her cousin, also quickly moved out. And that same year, James had to do all the forms and physicals for possibly being chosen in the draft. James wasn’t sure if he wanted to be picked or not to be picked. The part of him that didn’t was more worried about not giving his mother more things to worry about. She already worried about Uncle Canderous and he’s too old for the field. Last James had heard, Canderous was head of the training division. Getting the draftees ready for war. And soon James’ birthday came and went.
And that’s it for this chapter! Will James be chosen for the draft? Will the good guys win the war? Find out in chapters to come!
Progress towards Obi’s Goals:
- Become Private Investigator – Achieved Chapter 2.19
- Complete 30 cases – Completed about 21 cases
- Snoop 10 locations – Snooped 5 locations
- Write 5 papers on findings – Wrote 1 paper
- Reach level ten of Private Investigator Career – He’s at level 7
- Go through 5 garbages and 5 mailboxes – Gone through 4 of each
Progress towards Leia’s Goals:
- Master Painting Skill – She’s at level 9
- Master Writing Skill – She’s at level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
- Paint 20 paintings – Painted 16 paintings
- Be friends with parents – Completed Chapter 3.7 behind the scenes.
- Get 5,000 in royalties (or sell 15,000 from paintings) – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.13 at $6,828
- Paint family pictures (spouse, kids, parents if alive) – Painted Max’s, behind the scenes Chapter 3.14, painted Hermione’s behind the scenes Chapter 3.15
- Join book club (if applicable) – Joined book club Chapter 3.10 behind the scenes
Progress towards Max’s goals:
- Join Film career (Plumbob Pictures Backlot, may need to place it) – Achieved behind the scenes Chapter 3.1
- Max writing – Level 3
- Max charisma – Level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
- Become level 5 celebrity – 5 stars – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.13
- Have kid – Achieved Chapter 3.10 with the birth of Hermione
- Reach Level 10 of the Actor branch – Level 10 – Superstar Actor – Completed Chapter 3.13 behind the scenes
Progress toward’s LTW’s
- Obi Wan – Perfect Mind, Perfect Body: Level 10 Logic, Level 10 Athletic – Logic is at 8, Athletic is at 10
- Leia – Professional Author: Earn $4000 a week in royalties – currently earning $4000+ a week – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
- Maximus – Superstar Actor – Superstar Actor – Level 10 – Completed Chapter 3.13 behind the scenes
And that’s it for the chapters that focus primarily on Obi Wan, Leia, and Max. I want to again give a big thank you to LateKnightSimmer for allowing me to use Max and his back story in my story and allow for Max to be a main character. I hope I’ve done the character justice.