Abel Quintos could hardly sustain a family, let alone a functional one.
When his wife left, along with their two sons, he resigns himself to his fate with as much grace as he is capable of. After all, he brought this upon himself.
Funny how he still gets a second chance after everything that happened.
On one fateful night, Abel finds himself meeting his two grandchildren orphaned at the tender ages of 10 and 7. Their Uncle Jude was the one accompanying them. For all the bad blood in their family, he didn’t spare a moment taking them all in. He’s the only one they’ve got.
10 years down the line, the Quintos household is now up to 2 squabbling teenagers, 1 flamboyant adult, and 1 tired elder.
It’s still a bit surreal to think that one of the boys is gone. All that’s left to remind him of Jonas are these awkward pictures and Danna’s likeness of her father. She really takes after him a lot.
“What was Papa like when he was younger?” Danna had asked him once she and her brother settled down in their new room. It used to be the boys’ room, and it hasn’t been unlocked since the kids arrived. It was dusty, but nothing unmanageable.
“He liked libraries,” Abel had replied after a pause. “He used to cut classes by hiding in the library at school.”
“Dad was cool,” her older brother Silas had said from the top bunk. “Danna hides in the library too, but that’s ’cause she’s a nerd.”
Danna threw a pillow at her brother’s face in response. Abel caught him before he fell from the bed.
As if to compensate for how poorly things turned out with Jonas, Abel is a better parent to Danna and Silas than he ever will be to his own kids.
His softened disposition still doesn’t make him easier to get along with though.
“I don’t want to hear anything about dating until both of you graduated college,” he reminds them for the nth time. “Especially you Danna. Your are far too beautiful and clever for the boys in this town.”
Silas doesn’t give a crap about dating, but his sister does. Danna tries her best not to look too annoyed.
Silas was right about his sister being a nerd, but now it’s an identity that she wields with pride.
She’s currently studying day and night to nab the highest honors in her class, a position that pits her against Kate Umali, her number one enemy. The girls have been at it since elementary.
Her lolo would be pleased to know that despite being relatively popular among her peers, Danna has horrible luck in the romance department. All her crushes ended in a disaster. But maybe Matt Ramirez is the one this time!
Nothing would prepare her from the devastating response she receives from her crush that morning.
From this point on, Danna will NOT tolerate any reminders of romance, starting with her uncle’s favorite TV show ever. It’s a 10-season telenovela that has dragged on for too long.
“Can we change the channel into something else please?” she pleads.
“Are you serious? They’re finally getting married and I’m not missing out on this.”
“I hope the groom dies,” Danna mutters, returning to her now cold waffles.
Determined to forget about her ill-fated crush on Matt Ramirez, Danna busies herself with repairing all the broken plumbing around the house. Luckily for her, there is no shortage of things that need fixing.
Sadly, Danna’s tinkering skills aren’t high enough to repair their ancient TV.
Abel loathes to think of having it replaced, so he stubbornly depends on the repair service to take care of it. It’s expensive, sure, but it’s better than buying one of those fancy flat screens.
Silas is an average student, getting through school with a couple of Cs and Bs. But getting compared to his sister is enough to make him look bad. You just can’t compete against innate ability.
So he sets out to try something else. Find your own niche, as he was told. Maybe he can be the cool and charismatic sibling.
When practicing in front of the mirror didn’t work out the first time, Silas gives up altogether. The next morning, he’s eating his waffles so slowly that they’re probably cold by now. Jude knows it’s not his cooking; there’s something wrong with the teens themselves.
“Sooo,” Jude starts without looking up. “What’s the big event? Running for class president?”
Silas almost chokes on his waffles. “What? Were you eavesdropping?”
“No, you were just that loud. Our neighbors could practically listen to your entire speech.”
Silas frowns, his voice dropping to a horrified whisper. “Oh plumbob, do you really think they could hear it next door?”
“Of course not, I was just joking,” Jude glances up to give him a sympathetic look. “If you really wanna have a go at it, charisma classes are a thing you know?”
Silas pretends to think about it. Taking classes is the last thing on his mind, especially knowing that some of his classmates are taking them too. He’s not that desperate to embarrass himself again.
If becoming self-taught isn’t working out, maybe he could learn a thing or two from Jude. The man could probably make 20 friends with all his charm if he wants to.
Too bad he spends all that charm on flirting with the cute stylist. Not exactly the behavior he wants to emulate.
Silas is starting to reconsider taking charisma classes.
Squabbling aside, the Quintos siblings get along pretty well most of the time. Today, Danna even manages to drag her brother to the library. Her friend Martin was too busy pining after his crush to hang out with her even when they planned this days ago, but whatever. She’s here to play scrabbles.
“Since when did Mrs. Ramirez have board games?”
“Since yesterday. She decided the library needs a little something to attract more visitors.”
“I guess even you and Martin aren’t enough to make this place lively,” Silas teases.
“Hey, we are very good company!” Danna huffs.
Hearing the teens’ loud chatter upstairs makes Sandra Ramirez question her decision in the long-term. They’re just having fun, she reminds herself. The novelty will wear off once they get used to it.
Still, that’s no excuse to ignore the sanctity of silence!
Secretly, Silas keeps up with same cheesy telenovelas that his uncle loves watching. Danna only joins him to poke fun at the story and the characters when she’s done with homework.
“Wow, the woman who looks exactly like his first wife turns out to be her all along,” Danna says in mock surprise. “I’m sure the exact resemblance wasn’t a dead giveaway!”
Silas is too emotionally invested on the climax to acknowledge his sister’s snarky comment. The 1st wife and 2nd wife are engaging in a fight where one MUST die. It is very intense.
Silas hates the outdoors and prefers the comfort of an air-conditioned room to a natural breeze from the outside. He often turns down Danna’s spontaneous food trips just to lounge on his bed.
Danna hates leaving him out, and so one day he is dragged along to have some snowcones.
“I can make my own snowcone,” Silas protests.
“You always ignore the perfect ice to syrup ratio,” his uncle hums while adding a generous amount of syrup before handing it over to him. “Enjoy.”
After finishing their snowcones, Danna drags everyone over to the water balloon arena.
Silas indulges his little sister’s request and actually agrees to one water balloon fight. Aaaww.
Only the teens are getting wrecked. Jude is untouchable!
When Danna was still actively crushing on Matt, she tags along with her Uncle to the gym just to bump into him. Now heartbroken, she joins the yoga class upstairs to avoid bumping into him, leaving Jude with the machines downstairs.
Danna wasn’t the only one who visits the gym just to see someone.
Jude tries his luck with the cute trainer, only to find out he’s both straight AND taken. Two qualities that give him the most despair!
He gets over it quickly and makes up for the awkwardness by agreeing to a one-on-one match. Jude promptly gets his ass kicked by being unashamedly bad at basketball.
By the end of the day, Danna discovers that Uncle Jude is now friends with Mr. Galendez. How come he’s getting all the cute guys? What’s his secret?
Another family! This time it’s the Quintos household. The rolls for this family are: single parent w/ help, 2 children, science, cuisine, idle career, and no strangers. For a more interesting dynamic, I killed off Danna and Silas’ parents and have their grandfather as their legal guardian, which makes him their parental figure? And Jude is back at his childhood home to be the help.
In my very first version of Simbora, Abel was a huge asshole. He kept yelling and arguing with his grandkids for no good reason, which became one of the reasons why they don’t like staying in the house. It’s nice to see that he mellowed down in this save, he’s more pleasant to play this way.