“I still remember how beautiful you looked that night of our first date. You wore that cute sun dress, your lips so enticingly red lips, your hair all soft, caramel curls, and your soft skin smelled of that sweet jasmine perfume that I liked so much. It made a kid like me feel even more awkward and nervous in your presence… but somehow, by the end of that date, you’d managed to make me forget all of that. All I knew is that I wanted that night to never end… I wanted to spend eternity with you. Saying ‘goodbye’ at your door that night was one of the hardest things I’d ever had to do.
“But if I’d thought that was hard, it was nothing compared to standing in your arms at the airport, our wedding bands pressing into each other’s backs as we gripped each other tightly, and having to look into your tear-stained hazel eyes and tell you goodbye again, perhaps for the last time, before the flight that would take me away to my military service left. We’d rushed into marriage, knowing the draft was a real threat, and suddenly I felt like I’d done you a disservice, having to leave you behind, alone and worried, and possibly widowed before my term of service was up. That goodbye felt so heavy… so final. I prayed every day that it wouldn’t be, and believe to this day that is what kept me alive.
“I told myself that I would never say goodbye to you ever again… And now, you are the one leaving, and I… I don’t know what to do. I love you, with all my heart, but I still can’t bring myself to say it… to tell you ‘goodbye’ and make this all real…”
Who said you had to? I’m not going anywhere, love. I’ll always be with you…
This was written for June for the Monthly Simlits Short Story Challenges thread from the Sims forums, which tasked folks to write a story in 0-500 words using a single screencap using the theme “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words.” This theme required using a single image to tell the story and took up the majority (1k!) of the typical word count of the challenge. I used 315 words and the required screencap. It is a completely stand-alone story, not using any characters from any of my other works, though the Pates are Sims I first created for my Photo Friday segment, Photo Friday #5: The Heart Never Grows Old.
I had the idea for this pretty early on, but it took a while to find just the right poses to bring it to fruition since I’m unable to create my own poses. It’s one of those pictures that only works from certain angles, but the Sims and props look atrocious from other angles!