FAREWELL, MY SWEET DAUGHTER
“The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said or never explained…”
The day of Elisabeth’s funeral has come. The family decided to say the last goodbye to their beloved daughter and sister on the early morning of the last day of the year. The sun was rising above the horizon, the snow glittered in the sunshine and a deer was wandering between the trees near the family graveyard. The town was still asleep. As Kate and David walked towards the grave of their daughter they could hear a bird sing on a distant tree, the waves lazily washing the shore down the hill from their home and the frozen snow crunching under their feet. It almost felt like a beautiful December morning.
As soon as they looked upon Elisabeth’s gravestone, neither of them could hold the tears. Their little girl was gone and nothing could bring her back in their arms…
Finn and Zachary both still couldn’t understand. The last time they saw their sister felt like a thousand years ago. They had no idea what happened to her and nobody was strong enough to talk about it.
Even Snowball sensed there was something wrong. He joined the family in grief with a sad howl.
Two days ago, Kate called Benjamin to tell him the sad news. Benjamin wanted to know everything, but Kate told him they would speak after the funeral was over. He promised to her he would come.
When Kate heard the sound of footsteps on the frozen snow, she turned around and for a moment a little smile appeared on her face. As soon as Kate saw Chloé in Benjamin’s arms, she made a promise to herself…
“Good morning, Mrs. Loewe. I’m so very sorry I’m late.”
“You’re just on time, Benjamin,” Kate said with a forced happy tone. “Please, call me Kate,” she added and wiped a tear away from her eye with a snow-white handkerchief.
“You must be Chloé,” Kate smiled at the little girl in Benjamin’s arms. “Do you remember me?” Chloé looked at Kate, but didn’t say a word. “It’s okay, sweetie, we’ll have plenty of time to get to know each other.”
“Kate… I… I need to know what happened to her. I haven’t had anything else on mind since the moment you told me. I thought that maybe… maybe we could go talk to the doctor together?”
“Benjamin,” said Kate and put her hand on his arm. “Our family is never going near that institution again,” she told him sternly. “We made a mistake and Elisabeth paid for it with her life.”
Benjamin just looked at Kate as did his daughter a short while ago and without a single word he placed Chloé down on the snow and walked towards David.
“Well… I hoped the next time we’d meet would have been on a happier occasion,” began Benjamin.
“So did I, Benjamin. So did I..,” sighed David and looked at him with sad eyes.
“I though my heart broke when I saw her in the hospital room, David… but I had a hope then. We had a hope… I closed my eyes every night with hope of seeing hers open again. Now, my heart is torn apart and there’s no hope it can be healed. I need to know what happened. I need to know what they did to her.”
Zachary overheard Benjamin’s words and turned at him instantly.
“I as well want to know what happened to my sister! I’d be happy to help,” he said to Benjamin.
“I’m afraid we are not able to do much, boys,” told them David. “Did Kate tell you we asked for an investigation, Benjamin?”
“Police? Dad! What happened to Elisabeth?!” Zac asked furiously.
“We don’t know Zac, we don’t know,” told him David and tears flooded his eyes again.
“I’m sorry, Dad. I didn’t mean to…”
“Let the police department do their work,” David concluded and turned away. When everybody left, Benjamin broke down in tears.
“Where is Elisabeb, Daddy?” Chloé called at Benjamin as she made her way towards the tall gravestone. At that very moment Benjamin didn’t know what to say to his four year old daughter. When Chloé saw her father cry, she approached him and tightly hugged his leg. Benjamin caressed her hair.
“Elisabeth died, sweetie,” Benjamin told her even though he wasn’t sure she understood.
“Died?” Chloé looked up at him, confused.
“That means we will no longer be able to see her,” he tried to explain.
“Why not?” Chloé asked him and looked at the gravestone.
Benjamin had no answer for that question. One day when the time is right, you will understand, sweetie.
I’m so very sorry it ended this way. I haven’t planned to end Elisabeth’s life this early, but she was really cursed. Once, as a teenager, she returned home after the curfew and she has been sneaking everywhere ever since! I tried everything to reset her back to her ‘walking’ self, but to no avail, unfortunately. I didn’t want to use any mod, because I’m just too worried of messing up everything. Luckily, I’ve discovered that Elisabeth was affected by the sneaking issue only in Monte Vista – that’s why she spent most of her adult ‘life’ abroad. I had so much fun with her character, she was my favorite Sim so far!