A The sims 3 Story

Chapter ten – finale

Our first stop was the park. I figured Micah would like to play in the playground, and maybe I could find a cup of coffee somewhere before moving on.

The park was busy as always.

All of the benches were taking by families and couples on dates. Two people were arguing over who could take the seat in front of the chessboard. An old lady was patrolling in a circle around the swings, almost as to ward off any children, who paid her no mind and were playing with tiny cars and boats near the water.

I saw Micah look at the group of kids. She seemed unsure of what to do.
‘Hey, do you want a toy, or something?’ I asked, trying to be nice. ‘There’s a toy shop not far from here.’

Micah looked surprised for a second, but then smiled and nodded vigorously.
‘Yes!’
‘Good. Follow me.’

A five-minute walk later, we entered the store. It was empty except for the store clerk. Along the walls were rows and rows of toys lined up, waiting to be picked.

‘Go on, pick something,’ I said. ‘You can have anything from this wall.’
Micah nodded and bowed down towards the toys. She stretched her hand to pick one a few times, but then changed her mind again and continued looking.

It took so long that I was starting to get irritated. When another indecisive five seconds passed, I reached down in front of her and randomly grabbed something – a tin cow.
‘How about this?’

Her eyes grew a fraction bigger than usual. I didn’t wait for a response and pressed the toy into her hands, already walking towards the store clerk to pay for it.
‘Come on, Micah. We still have a long way to go.’

The drive to our destination took little over thirty minutes. (It was a miracle that I still had my car, really, with all of the unpaid bills you’d think that’s the first thing they’d go for.) Micah spent the time quietly playing with the cow. She even took it with her when we finally got out and headed into the mountains.

‘You don’t have to force yourself, you know,’ I said after a while, looking at the tin cow. Micah looked confused.
‘What do you mean?’
‘You would have preferred something more girl-like, right? Like that horse.’

Micah shook her head vigorously. ‘No, this is good. I like this.’

‘Well, I guess it’s fine if you’re happy with it,’ I said, with a small smile. ‘Let’s move on.’

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It wasn’t long before we reached the lake. The scenery was exactly the same as five years ago. It was as if time had stopped since we left. A single breeze made the tree leaves rustle, but other than that it was completely silent.


Micah was looking at the bridge with admiration and excitement in her eyes.
‘Look, it’s so high up! Can we walk on the bridge, daddy? Can we?’

‘Aw, c’mon! We’ll be fine. If not, they wouldn’t have built it there in the first place.’

‘Let’s not do that. It’s an old bridge, it could be dangerous,’ I said. ‘But there’s a very nice field just across the water. Want to take a look?’
‘Yes!’

Well… I suppose time hadn’t really stopped here. In five years’ time, the pretty flower patches and bushes had turned into a big jungle of weeds. I was a bit disappointed, but Micah seemed to love what she saw.

‘Oh, wow! Can I play here, daddy? Can I?’
‘Sure. Knock yourself out.’


Micah cheered and ran into the fields right away, clutching the little tin cow in her fingers. I watched her run around and play for a while, after which I spotted a tree perfect to lie against.

It was so peaceful here it made me sleepy. Just closing my eyes for a few minutes… wouldn’t hurt… would it?



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‘Daddy…’
I groaned when I felt tiny hands pushing against my shoulder. I opened my eyes a millimetre and saw from the hair colour that Micah was standing next to me. The sun had already set all the way to the horizon… I must have fallen asleep.
‘Nnnnhh… what is it, Micah?’

‘I lost it.’
I blinked a few times to get rid of the state of half-asleep I was still in. It was only now that I saw how upset Micah was.
‘Lost what?’
‘The cow.’

The girl looked like she was about to cry, so I quickly decided to help look. We spread out and both searched one side of the field, but…
‘It’s nowhere to be found,’ I said after fifteen minutes of fruitless searching. ‘You only played in this area, right?’
Micah nodded.
‘That’s strange… you didn’t even cover that much ground. So why can’t we find it?’

I brushed the dirt from my hands and stood up.
‘Micah. Let’s give up. We’ll just buy a new one on the way back.’

She shook her head.
‘It can’t be helped if we can’t find it. We’ll get you a new toy instead, okay?’
‘But… I want that one.’

‘You’re so stubborn,’ I sighed. ‘Listen, I’ll walk around the pond and see if I can find it there anywhere, but either way we leave in ten minutes. You stay right here, okay? And don’t go near the water.’
She didn’t answer and continued to search between the plants instead. I rolled my eyes and turned around, walking away from her. Irritation rose up from inside of me. It was just a toy, what was she getting all upset for?
Oh, well.

In a few minutes I’d walked all around the pond and the other side of the bridge. There was only one place left to check – the place I wanted to avoid the most today. I decided to run past, so my mind wouldn’t have time to torture me with memories, but it happened anyway.
That day… was one of the last with her.

‘Wyatt! Come sit with me, quick!’
‘What is it? Is something wrong?’

‘Just sit down with me, please. There’s something I need to show you.’

‘Give me your hand for a bit.’

‘I felt it! The baby! It kicked!’

I couldn’t help it. My legs moved on their own and before I knew it, I was standing right in front of the bench.
‘Natalia…’ I whispered. ‘You promised, didn’t you? That we would love each other forever… so why did you leave me? You were my only family…’
It was only then that I saw it.

The note.
It was shoved under the pillow of the bench, but in such a way that passers-by could see a glimpse of it. That note wasn’t here when we visited. Had someone decided to use the bench as a litterbox?
No. I wouldn’t allow it. Not this bench- not this memory.

I grabbed the note. It looked like it had been rained on many times and the edges were ragged. Turning it around, I was shocked to see that… it… it…
It had Natalia’s handwriting on it…

“Wyatt

Do you remember, that first night you stayed in my room? We talked about family for the first time there. You said you didn’t care, but in my eyes, you looked so sad and lost. People can’t live without a family, Wyatt. They might survive, but they won’t live.
Please remember that you’ll always have a family. We are, our unborn baby and I. Even if we have a fight. Even if we grow old- even if I disappear. Because soon, there will be something only you can protect.

I love you, Wyatt. Even in death, I’ll still love you for a thousand years.”

Warm tears felt down my cheeks. Natalia… It had been here all this time, waiting for me to come back and read it. I missed her so much… but I had to forget. The pain would have been too much to bear otherwise- it was too much already. I couldn’t just forget and move on, even with Micah…
That’s when I remembered.
‘No. And I don’t want to. If they left me all by myself, they’re no parents of mine.’

The realisation hit me like a tidal wave. I left her on her own. I was a horrible person. Repeating the mistakes of my parents, even though I knew how incredibly much that hurt from my own childhood. How could I have thought that I no longer had a family? How could I have just ignored Micah? She’d been right there, always, for five whole years, and I hadn’t even tried to get to know her. How could I ever make this right?

‘It’s not too late…’
That voice…
‘Natalia?’
‘Wyatt…’ The sound was coming from the direction of the bridge.

I acted without giving it a second thought and followed the flow of the voice.


‘Micah!’

I almost had a heart attack. The little girl was sitting on the outer edge of the bridge, legs swaying a bit in the wind, looking down with a concentrated expression on her face. Great plumbob! If a single gust blew in her back, she would fall off!

‘MICAH! Don’t move, I’m coming!’
I ran across the bridge as fast as my legs could carry me. Horrible visions of Micah falling down and slowly sinking to the bottom of the lake forced their way into my mind and were replaced by Natalia slipping out of my fingers and falling, falling-

The wind grabbed my little girl. I saw her slide off the bridge incredibly slowly. Then that illusion faded and she fell down.

‘NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!’

Just as she fell over, I grabbed the back of her shirt and violently pulled her back. My head slammed against one of the pillars and a ripping sound informed us that Micah’s pants got torn by the wood. The next moment we were both lying on the floor.


‘Ow…’ Micah groaned. ‘Daddy, that hurt…’
‘That’s my line,’ I said angrily, picking myself up from the ground. Micah slowly got up as well. ‘What on plumbob do you think you were doing, sitting on the edge like that?! I told you not to go on this bridge! You could have died!’
‘I’m sorry,’ she muttered. ‘I thought I could see it from up here…’
‘See what?’
‘The cow…’

‘You… you’ve been searching all this time?’

It was that important to her. I didn’t understand. But I could try… I lowered myself a bit to look her in the eyes and softly began to speak.
‘Micah. We might not… be able to find your toy. It can’t be helped, and it’s not worth taking risks for. I won’t get angry that you lost it. So let’s buy a new one on the way back, okay?’

‘But… that’s the only one.’

I didn’t understand. What was she talking about?
‘There were plenty at the store, weren’t there?’
Micah fiddled with her shirt.

‘It’s the one you chose and bought for me,’ she muttered.
‘What…?’

‘It’s the first thing… daddy gave me.’


I understood. I finally understood. All these years… even the past two days… I finally understood just what I had done. My knees stopped functioning and I slowly sank to the ground, trying my hardest to keep the tears from falling.
‘Micah… were you lonely?’
‘Yes,’ she muttered.
‘Did you have fun coming on this trip with me?’
‘Yes.’
‘I see.’
I had so much to say to her, but I didn’t know where to start. Still on the ground and with my head facing downwards, I tried to form words again.
‘Say… Micah. Would it be all right… for me to stay with you? I’ve been such a bad daddy for so many years… but I’ll do my best for you from now on. So would it be all right to stay with you?’

‘Yes,’ Micah muttered. I slowly raised my head.
‘Really?’
‘Yes. I want you to be.’
‘I see.’ A tiny smile appeared on my face.
‘But today I lost something important so I’m sad,’ she continued.
‘Umm… daddy…’

What is it?’
She faced downwards and placed her arms in front of her, almost as if to hold herself back.
‘Well… umm… Is it okay… not to hold it in anymore?’
‘Hm?’
‘Aunt Cathy said… places where it’s okay to cry…’

‘The toilet…’

‘And in daddy’s arms.’

Holding back the tears was impossible. They flowed down my cheeks like a waterfall and my voice broke when I stretched out my arms to her and said:
‘Yes! Yes, come here- I’m so sorry, Micah…’


‘I’m so sorry… I’m sorry…’

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28 responses

  1. The line ‘And in daddy’s arms.’ I was holding it together pretty well, misty eyes is all. Until that line. *wipes away tears* the pictures were so fitting and the emotion breathtaking. You’re incredibly talented at writing to make your readers feel so much reading your stories.

    August 16, 2012 at 15:00

    • Thank you, that compliment means a lot to me, really =) I don’t have many readers, but it makes me really happy that you’re enjoying it so much =)

      August 17, 2012 at 00:35

  2. YOU.
    YOU.

    AHHHHH! That was so perfect and tear worthy. I don’t usually cry over stories but MY EYES. THE FEELINGS HAVE ATTACKED THEM.

    August 16, 2012 at 19:05

    • IM SORRY FOR LETTING THE FEELS ATTACK YOUR EYES T.T

      But really, I was hoping for just that effect so I’m not that sorry =3

      August 17, 2012 at 19:08

  3. Ok, I do not cry when reading. Never.

    BUT THIS ALMOST MADE ME CRY! D:

    Such a good chapter and so heart gripping.

    August 16, 2012 at 22:46

    • Thanks =D The sadness in the last few chapters has been getting to me.. but it’s almost over! xD

      August 17, 2012 at 19:11

  4. jonso

    Ahhh unfortunately I had to hold it in because I am on the highway and my driver friend would wonder what I’m crying at. So emotional and sweet. The “daddy’s arms” line killed me as well. I didn’t like the last chapter so much–but mainly because I didn’t like how much of a jerk Wyatt was. But he better make up for this!!!! Does he have the Dislikes Children trait? Btw, if I had a blogroll I’d have you on it. 🙂

    August 17, 2012 at 17:33

    • Aww, thank you =) Wyatt doesn’t dislike children, he is just hurt and confused because Micah reminds him of what he lost so much. But he’s finally decided to be a father now =)

      That line seems to have killed a lot of people… perhaps it was a bit too much? xD

      August 19, 2012 at 21:34

      • No, not too much. It was just enough! 🙂

        August 20, 2012 at 05:24

  5. I’m new to this legacy and caught up with all your previous post but this chapter… this chapter was just amazing. The emotions were so deep and realistic. I’m happy Micah and her father finally let their feelings out and hopefully they’ll be able to have a much closer relationship from now on.

    I just started a brand new legacy and I’m definitely add you to my blogroll! If you’re interested, I’d really love to know what you think of my first chapter?
    http://themiddletonlegacy.wordpress.com/

    August 17, 2012 at 20:57

    • Hiya, happy to have you! And I’d love to check out your legacy =) Will read it right away, and thank you so much for adding me to your blogroll! =O

      August 19, 2012 at 21:36

  6. So I just started reading this and I got to this one and I cried a lot D:
    You’re writing is AMAZING! And so sad D:
    But Yay Wyatt for actually stepping up and being an ACTUAL DAD! 😀

    Also, on a side note, do you happen tho know where you got your tears? I’ve been looking for some FOREVER…

    August 22, 2012 at 01:57

    • Thank you very much =D I love getting new readers!

      I think I got the tears over here – http://dd709394.pixnet.net/blog/post/37143673 . Be careful on what you click though. The first red download button right below the pictures should send you to mediafire to download it ^^

      August 22, 2012 at 10:55

  7. CLAN-FREAKIND-AD! I love this too much xD I’m going to like comment on everything. Need to get emails for replies now though.

    August 25, 2012 at 07:40

    • YES, someone noticed! LOVE! ❤
      I did get the inspiration from clannad. The father-child scenes there moved me so much, I just had to turn it into a sims story =D Of course, it won't ever be as good as the anime, but I hope I did a decent job. ^^
      And THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NOTICING! =D ❤

      Your comments keep appearing in my spam box for some reason though… I got this one out, but the rest is still stuck and wordpress doesn't seem to like me at the moment. But I'll fix it!

      Oh by the way, welcome to my legacy ^^ I'm really happy to have you =D

      August 26, 2012 at 10:44

      • >33< I be following you though so ~LOVE~! DARN! I forgot what I was gonna type…. OH! I had a legacy once (Highly doubt you read it, but a slight share of what it was might be helpful) it was on Facebook and yeah it was The Baltigore Legacy (Sims 3). I have weird last names. Didn't realize what a Lycan was other then a random word t be my legacy name xD. I'm realize now that my comment's like mega long and say good bye until my next reply. OOOH A RHYME~

        ~Eli

        August 26, 2012 at 15:54

  8. :’) This is a beautiful chapter! You meanie, you made me cry :’) I was wondering what Natalia had meant that day they were there, such a beautiful idea!

    August 29, 2012 at 16:17

    • Ooooooooh, you noticed! =D I wondered if anyone noticed Natalia put that there in that chapter ^^

      Awww, I’m sorry I made you cry >.< But you were kinda supposed to. xD

      August 29, 2012 at 20:13

  9. This is very late, but this made me cry, it is so amazing.

    September 4, 2012 at 04:02

    • No problem, thank you very much for commenting anyway! =D

      September 4, 2012 at 08:06

      • Your welcome! Your story is amazing!!

        September 4, 2012 at 15:35

  10. Sydney

    Oh my goodness…
    I just burst into tears…
    That Clannad reference.
    Ushio Okazaki: Sanae-san told me the places I can cry are in the bathroom… and in daddy’s arms.

    That really got me.

    May 5, 2013 at 01:19

    • You know it?! =D
      I was so moved by that series that I wanted to use it in the sims, as well. But I couldn’t give a reference to it at earlier points in the story, because then people would know just what was going to happen. All the more happy it makes me to meet another person that knows it! =D
      Thank you very much for reading. ❤

      May 5, 2013 at 22:35

  11. ReadReadReadRead

    I…I teared up a bit

    August 27, 2013 at 02:58

    • Aw >.< That's what I was going for, though… =)

      August 28, 2013 at 09:09

  12. Olivia

    This chapter made me teary eyed! So touching, heart wrenching, so emotional!

    September 1, 2013 at 15:28

    • That’s the kind of reaction that I was hoping for when I wrote it. ^^

      September 1, 2013 at 16:14

  13. AshluvsSims

    I am not gonna cry…. I am not gonna c-cry…. *tear slides down face* NO! I SAID I WASNT GONNA CRY! *Wipes away tear*

    March 29, 2015 at 07:04

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