Mary Sue woke most days crying into her pillow. Ever since Daniel cheated on her with that stupid maid, her life was in shambles.
She moved in with her parents, Herb and Coral Oldie, after the divorce. It was a beautiful home, but Mary Sue found little joy living there.
It was the nights that so troubled her. She’d have nightmares of Daniel kissing Kaylynn, or sometimes Nina Caliente, his new wife. Mary Sue couldn’t believe he’d marry again. After all the fights they had! She knew he hated being married. How many times had he told her he was a Romance Sim, that he couldn’t help his “harmless” flirting?
The nightmares were getting so bad, she quit her job. She could barely get out of bed. Her mother, Coral, would sit at the edge of her bed and caress the side of her face, tucking black hair behind her ear like she used to do when she was younger. Mary Sue told her about her other nightmares – the ones that frightened her the most.
Sometimes she dreamed she was pregnant again, with Angela and Lilith, and the Grim Reaper was there, trying to take them away.
Or sometimes, she was dressed in her clothes for work, but she couldn’t move. She would just lay there in the grass with the Grim Reaper standing over her, his shadow cold and dark.
Coral was concerned by her daughter’s nightmares and wanted to help. She tried her best to make Mary Sue forget the past. “Move on,” she’d say. “If not for yourself, for Angela and Lilith.” Mary Sue only cried harder – she couldn’t face them, not after what she said.
The day of the divorce, Mary Sue had broken down – anger, fear, humiliation, pride. She couldn’t control herself and said things to her daughters that would haunt her for the rest of her life.
It’s your fault! You did this!
She could still see Lilith’s face, so shocked and hurt, but still the words shot out of her mouth like daggers, wounding her daughter’s heart.
You hired Kaylynn because you wouldn’t clean your room like I told you to! It’s your fault!
When Angela smirked as Lilith ran away crying, Mary Sue slapped her.
Why didn’t you help your sister clean her room? I thought you were a good girl!
Angela’s lip trembled as she held her hand to her bright red cheeks. She just said, “I forgive you, mother.”
They quickly left Pleasantview for college, and sometimes, they would visit her and give her hugs and worried looks. They had forgiven her, even Lilith. She wondered how they could do that, how they could be such good girls. Such good girls!
But she couldn’t forgive herself. Never.
That all changed when she met Herbert Goodie. He had just moved to Pleasantview with his wife, Faith. They were an elderly couple and retired. Coral invited them over many times. She loved being a part of the Welcome Wagon whenever new Sims arrived in town.
Mary Sue found herself enjoying Herbert’s company. He was quiet and polite, often found in his books by the fireplace. They would sit together and read for hours. Mary Sue found peace, there beside Herbert.
But he was married. How could she get between him and his wife after what Daniel put her through?
It was as though Herbert read her memory. One night, as they sat on the porch watching the night stars, he quietly said, “Faith and I are divorcing.”
Mary Sue gasped, “What? Why?”
He poured out his heart. “We tried for a long time to have a baby, but… Then we were elders – I wanted to adopt, but she just wanted to stay as we were. Just the two of us. I thought I wanted that, too. Until I met you. Mary Sue, I know you’re not the youngest woman in Pleasantview, and I know we might not be able to make a baby either, but if you might like… We could adopt. I’d love to marry you. And I thought with you being adopted by the Oldies, you’d like to adopt, too, that is if we can’t…”
By then he was rambling on and on so nervously, all Mary Sue could do was fall to her knees and take his hands in his lap. She wept before him, and for the first time in a long time, they were tears of joy.
“I would love to marry you.” And they did, right there at her grandparents’ house.
Her mother joined her for a toast the next morning. “My nightmares are gone!” Now that was worth toasting to.
Not long after, Herbert and Mary Sue Goodie discovered they didn’t need to adopt. Though she was towards the end of her adult years, she managed to get pregnant. She spent most of the pregnancy playing the piano as Herbert lovingly looked on.
It was a fantastic time in Mary Sue’s life, except for one upsetting and unexpected event. Her father, Herb Oldie, divorced her mother, Coral, and married Faith, her husband Herbert’s ex-wife! Apparently, Faith suddenly wanted a child, too, and was planning to adopt one with Herb Oldie.
Mary Sue feared her mother would have a breakdown like she did, but Coral was strong. She just smiled and said, “He’s a Romance Sim, like your Daniel was. I never told you this, Mary Sue. But he’s had a lot of affairs while we were married.”
Mary Sue couldn’t believe it. “Why did you stay with him?”
“For you,” Coral said, holding her hand. “You have always been the most important thing in my life.”
It was the last thing Coral ever said to her daughter. The next morning, she was gone, the Grim Reaper making his appearance, except this time it wasn’t a dream. Her mother was truly gone. Mary Sue cried as she held her new baby daughter in her arms, just as Herbert held her twin sister in his. She wished Coral could have seen her new granddaughters.
They named the girls Felicity and Melody, and they brought pure joy back into the house.
Herbert would just stare at them in amazement. “Thank you, Mary Sue, thank you!”