Author’s note: I had grand ideas for this chapter–very grand–but, because of limitations of the game, I wasn’t able to do what I wanted at all. That made me very sad. First of all, for whatever reason, the Sims don’t keep the specified outfit on when they travel, so the pictures you see won’t be consistent. Secondly, unlike TS3, the Sims don’t always stay together when they’re hanging out or on a date unless they are actually actively engaged with each other, so I wasn’t able to really “control” what the other character did or where they went. Also, there is no “fish together” interaction like “go here/sit here together.” That ruined the entire premise of today’s chapter, and I thought about scrapping the whole thing. However, a very poignant conversation was supposed to take place, and I can’t leave it out of the story. So, I’ll begin how I wanted, and then skip right to the conversation. Just pretend that fishing did happen and that there was lots of flirting and playful banter (lol). Apologies to everyone for possible confusion and not-so-great work this time around.
Melody was in the mirror all morning long primping, posing, and checking herself out. She was supposed to be going to fishing, but she wanted to make sure that she caught the attention of Mr. Pitts.
Meanwhile, across the street, River was doing the exact same thing.
“Can I ask you something,” River asked.
“Have you forgiven your ex?”
“I neither have the time nor an interest in being concerned with what he needs. I mean, it was just a few months before I met you that I seriously started getting over him. He doesn’t care about about me, so why should I care about him?”
“He doesn’t need your forgiveness. But you do.”
“What? How do I need my own forgiveness? When you say to someone ‘I forgive you,’ how isn’t that for them?”
“Forgiveness is a matter of the heart. Until you forgive someone, you are dragging them around with you like dead weight. It’s not healthy. So, when you forgive, you let them go so you can free yourself. Your ex is probably somewhere not even thinking about you, but you’ve been here all these years thinking about him. You need to let him go.”
“How do you think I’m still carrying him?”
“Because of how you are with me.”
“And how’s that?”
“You keep me at arm’s length, and honestly–for now–that is fine with me. I think not repeating the past is a smart thing to do. However, you say you do it because of you, but I think you do it because of him. I think you’re afraid that I might become him, so you control our relationship. I don’t even have the opportunity to prove to you that I’m not him. He’s interfering with us, and he’s not even here! You need to forgive him and let him go so our relationship can be about us.”
“Ok. I can admit that I’m afraid of that. But how can I just let him get away with it? He can’t get away scott free!”
“He won’t! Forgiveness is not about absolving someone of their wrong doings. He’s still guilty, he will always be guilty, and he will suffer whatever consequences that he’s supposed to suffer. When you forgive, you let go of all feelings of resentment and vengeance and refuse to allow them to control you anymore. Let the Watcher take care of the rest.”
She sat and thought about everything he said. There was only one thing she wanted more than finding new love and that was being rid of the pain that Paxton caused. Forgiveness sounded like a good idea, but she wasn’t sure if she could do it.
“But how could I even do it? He’s somewhere unreachable in the desert! I couldn’t talk to him even if I wanted to.”
“Write him a letter. Shoot him an email even. Remember, this is for you to get whatever it is that you need to say out. He doesn’t necessarily need to hear it.”
“Is this what you did with your ex? You wrote her a letter?”
“Yeah. I mailed it to her, but I didn’t care if I got a response back because I honestly let her go. I never heard from her, and I was perfectly ok with it.”
They sat in silence for a while as they thought about their lives.
“You’re my best friend. I actually don’t have any other friends outside of my family, but if I had some, you’d still be the best.”
“I’m honored that you would say that.”
“It’s true. I want you to be in my life forever.”
“I’m not going anywhere.”