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His Essence Flooded the Sky

October 12, 2015      In Take Me to the Moon 14 Comments

Take Me to the Moon 5.26

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Narrated by the Grim Reaper

“His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do – the best ones. The ones who rise up and say “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

This one was in the habit of giving.  Most of what he was made of, had been given away, day by day, to those he loved.  His soul was light, not heavy.  I could see the concern on his face, but I knew it was one last painful worry about those he loved.  Would this grief hurt them?

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What was left of his being was ethereal, shimmering, weightless.

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He reached for his wife in the pool.  His daughter-in-law came running to help.

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Getting closer, she realized that there was nothing she could do.

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His wife covered her eyes.  Perhaps she hoped she was dreaming, and could wake from this?

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These people astound me; how is it they delude themselves to thinking Death will not come?

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The daughter-in-law read my tablet over my shoulder, checking to make sure this was inevitable, and not a mistake.

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There were many sad to see this one go.

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The child seemed to take her cues from the adults.  I wonder if left alone, they might be able to see this inevitable transition from a more reasonable perspective.

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This one glowed uncommonly bright as I prepared to extract his energy.

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And then, something unexpected happened.  His essence, ever so briefly, flooded the sky.   This is the first time I have seen this phenomenon.   Firsts are a rarity for me.

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After I took him, his wife tried to comfort the little girl.  Or perhaps, herself.

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How I wonder, if these humans weren’t so intent on passing on this fear of death to their children, how it could be different.

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But the young ones are so impressionable.  Which leads to tightly grasping at something which was never meant to last.

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14 Comments so far:

  1. Echo Weaver says:

    This was an intense death scene! You gave a distinct, detached voice to Grim, which brought the family’s feelings to the forefront.

    It’s not easy to find something different to do with a death scene in a legacy. Bravo. Alexander will be missed. You’ve played with Alexander and Delaney at the head of the household for a really long time at this point.

  2. cathytea says:

    Truly beautiful. And what a legacy he leaves. All those kind, loving Sims.

  3. maisie says:

    Aww, I’m sad to see him go, the words were beautiful and you remind me that I want to read that book still. Contemplating death, and how tightly we hold things has been heavy on my mind this weekend with the unexpected passing of our bunny Flynn. This post really touched my heart, and a place that I’m at right now. It will be sad to see this family without their patriarch in it, but he was well loved, and will live on in who they are and that love will be passed on to future generations.

  4. Carla says:

    Aw, no, Alexander! I know you said you’d been playing him for 10 months already but to someone with a hood like mine, that’s actually not very long at all! I’ll miss seeing him around but this post serves as a lovely tribute to him. I do hope the rest of the family will be okay.

    • How long do you end up playing most of your sims for, do you think? I’m guessing a few years? I really do like playing slower and having longer to enjoy getting to know my sims. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Lexivita says:

    Such wonderful writing. And how sad to see Alexander go.

  6. Beautiful quote, beautiful and sad chapter… 🙁

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