The Renteria household began as commoners, just like everyone else. The first who came into the neighbourhood: Maximillian and Serenity were the kind of neighbours anyone could hope for – friendly, helpful, warm and welcoming. They were a lovely addition to Willow Creek – definitely touched by the angels too. For with every generation, the Renteria household only grew wealthier, more popular and even more prosperous.
The success of each generation was of no surprise to anyone, but Nolan’s future was the most unexpected of all. He possessed neither his parent’s business sense, nor his brother’s talents. Nolan, youngest of Maximillian’s great-grandsons, was a loner who wanted nothing more than to spend his quiet days tending to a small plot of land in a secluded corner of Brindleton Bay. His personality bland; his farm life so predictable that the media almost forgot about him, until he met Avery.
They were quite the mismatched couple. Avery was a newcomer in the celebrity scene; fame brought about by one of her paintings that drew critical acclaim. She dressed well and had the sweetest, doll-like features. On the other hand, Nolan never paid attention to his appearance. His skin was burnt from the sun and his hair was never brushed. He walked the streets in dirt-stained clothes and worn out boots, oblivious to the smell of sweat and compost from his attire. The public tolerated his quirks – he was the youngest heir of the affluent Renteria household after all.
Try as they could, paparazzi’s couldn’t dig up any dirt on Avery’s mysterious origin – where did this woman come from? Why is there no information on her background? How did she come to rub shoulders with the Renteria household? Why does she seem clueless about Simsville? It was as if Avery came to Simsville from a magic portal (Yes, she did shh!). Wild assumptions and scandalous gossip spread like wildfire. Perhaps she was an illegal simsville immigrant, a mail-order bride for Nolan, a gold digger who got lucky. The latter two were quite popular theories.
Avery and Nolan’s whirlwind romance brought on quite the stir. Nolan went completely out of character. He dressed up and attended events with her, took her on lavish dates and bought Avery the biggest diamonds. They were all over each other, and further sent the media into a deep frenzy with their daylight romp in San Myshuno, an incident which further sullied Avery’s reputation, especially when the media found her pregnant before marriage, followed by a shotgun wedding.
Nolan’s later tragic and unexpected death worsened the reputation of his newlywed bride. Barely a year after they moved into the largest mansion in the Pinnacles, Nolan died from cardiac arrest, brought upon by a wave of hysteria. It was a common disease among affluent sims who experience too much bliss. But to the public, it was ‘proof’ of her gold digging vixen ways.
Everyone in Simsville knows of the Renteria household now, but fame came with a price. “Black widow” Avery was gossiped on every celebrity breaking news channel. Not even her first born, Athena, was spared from the ruthless gossipers, who branded her the first of the respected household’s downfall, the cursed child of Avery’s distasteful scandalous act. At least, her brother Ares was spared.
This is Athena’s story, the firstborn of the 5th generation Renteria.
- The prologue is set in the late-80s and the story will move on to the 90s/early 2000s. I imagine the public’s reaction to be very critical due to the conservative times then.
- There will be lesser narration in the other chapters! Thank you for reading!