Fond Farewell to Granite Falls
Take Me to the Moon 5.22
Alexander and Delaney wanted to take one last camping trip, with their children and grandchildren. Alexander was intent on making sure that his children understood how important their family legacy was, and how much he loved each of them. Delaney, who had always loved Granite Falls, wanted everyone to enjoy the outdoors and each other.
Almost as soon as they arrived, Alexander hugged Elise and began to explain to her why he had brought back all the culled ancestors from the Gallery. “When your mother and I first became Game Aware, we realized we just wanted to be able to live our lives, and not worry about the world outside our game. But when we read in the blog that my mother, and all of the Tesla family ancestors, had been culled from the game, and we had no memory or knowledge, within the game, that they had ever existed, I felt strongly that I should use my hacking skills to bring those sims back from the Gallery so that you all would have a sense of family history, at least. I hoped that you would also get to know some of your grandparents, and great-grandparents.
Elise was impressed with his hacking skills, but she didn’t intend to use any of her days getting sidetracked trying to work around the game engine. She told her father that she intended to do everything within her power, in the game, to keep the ones she loved with her as long as possible. Then, let the what happens, happen, she said. Grim’s speech had made quite an impression on her, and she wasn’t convinced there was anything they could do to ultimately change the parameters of their world. But that didn’t mean they were powerless.
“Did you know, Dad, that there is a flower, called a Death Flower, that I can grow and give to Grim, and he has to release whoever he has come to Reap?” Elise asked. “Now that is true power. And it is within my grasp.”
Alexander felt sad after talking to Elise; he was hoping for her to understand how important it was to be knowledgeable about the programming of the game that contained their existence, and use any skills they could to influence it. As he realized she didn’t understand, he began to grieve the loss of Maddi again, and worry about Brad and Beatrice, and he gave Brad a call.
Brad told him that Beatrice had passed away in the night.
Felicity, who was still trying to get an answer about why sims have to die, took the matter up with the giant Granite Falls statue in the middle of the campground.
“Why couldn’t Grim just let Grandma Maddi stay,” she asked. “We all wanted Grandma Maddi to stay with us.”
At the campsite, Fiona organized a game of horseshoes.
In between her turns, Fiona was joking with the other family members who were sitting around the fire.
No one was very good at horseshoes.
And it was hard to concentrate with Fiona doubled over in laughter half the time.
But everyone seemed more interested in chatting than taking their turn, anyway.
Sitting around the campfire, Delaney and Ranen finally became friends; Delaney had been one of the first family members to welcome Ranen after he and Elise eloped, but since joining the family he had been busy working on his skills to be able to have scientific breakthroughs, and, for the most part, had either been gardening, working with the microscope, or observing the stars.
Elise decided, all on her own, to make a batch of liniment to help keep the pesky insects away. Her garden, which she’d taken over from Delaney many years ago as a teen, contained all the needed ingredients, which Delaney had brought back from Granite Falls. But I didn’t even realize she had any herbalism skill, so this was a surprise.
Meanwhile, Felicity had gone to the restroom, without the protection of liniment, and did not appreciate the bugs there at all.
She complained bitterly to another camper about the lack of sanitary standards.
The lady told her that was just part of camping.
And Felicity thought, if so, that was not acceptable.
Over lunch, while everyone else ate around the campfire, Elise and Ewan had a heart-to-heart discussion about their aging parents, and what their responsibility needed to be. “We need to talk about Dad’s access to the computers” Elise told Ewan, matter-of-factly.
“I mean, Dad could mess up the whole game with his hacking.”
“You don’t seem to understand what’s happening here, Ewan! We need to keep an eye on him!”
Ewan put his hand up. “Elise, calm down.”
“Dad knows what he’s doing. He’s got gray hair; he’s not senile. I think we need to trust him and mom.”
Elise just looked at him. He was always off in some place that wasn’t the real world.
“Well,” Elise said, “why don’t you just keep doing whatever it is you’re doing, and I’ll install nanny programs on all the computers.”
“Here’s an idea, Elise,” Ewan said. “Why don’t you keep your mouth shut for once and let mom and dad enjoy the days they have?!” And you know what else?! I don’t see how we have much choice but to trust dad,” he added. “Dad’s programming skill is far beyond what either of us can comprehend, much less compete against.”
“And, it’s not your place to tell everyone what they are doing wrong all the time.”
Elise was impressed. She hadn’t seen that much spunk in Ewan before.
Delaney had noticed the conversation escalating into an argument, and she came over and looked at her children.
Elise looked defiantly at Ewan for a moment,
And then gave a smooth apology.
Zoe and Felicity were finished eating, and were keeping talkative Fiona company while she finished her baked potato.
When Fiona finished, Felicity decided to go read Wilderness Digest in the tent.
Fiona ventured over to join her parents at the picnic table
found them being mushy,
And promptly decided to do something else instead.
That evening, Delaney and Alexander started a fire for everyone to gather around. Being back in Granite Falls, where they had spend their engagement, and so many other romantic weekends, was bringing back fond, flirty memories.
After a while, Delaney called everyone to come hear a story about a ghost pirate who had taken a wrong turn at Twikki and become lost at Granite Falls. Elise got out of her cosy sleeping bag to come hear the story. Felicity was unsure if this story was going to be age appropriate.
“And then the lost pirate ghost took the girl’s toasted marshmallow. With his hook hand, he stirred the ashes, and embers crackled up in a pillar of smoke.”
Fiona looked at Zoe. She had heard about Grandma Delaney’s stories, that they were legendary.
“He waved his hook hand, now glowing like a coal, and the teens around the campfire moved back in terror.”
“The pirate ghost lunged towards one young woman. Was he going to grab her with the glowing hook, or go right through her, or what other horrors, she couldn’t imagine …. as she backed away in terror, her life passed before her eyes.”
“And ever since, she’s been joining campfires here at Granite Falls, looking for her group of friends, and playing pranks on campers. The End.”
Ewan played campfire songs for everyone as they soaked up the warmth from the fire, and the joy of being together. Elise and Ranen, went to their tent early.
Fiona could imagine the girl from the story, sitting with them, and wondered what kind of prank she might play. Maybe she’d say, “What’s that?” and point, and reach out with her ghostly hand and grab Fiona’s marshmallow?
After a while, Ranen rejoined the group, feeling so happy he was glowing. It was so peaceful around the fire, just hearing the snap of the wood bursting, and an owl, occasionally hooting. Seeing everyone’s faces, soft in the firelight.
Delaney and Alexander happily retired to their tent together.
Back home the next day, eating leftovers from the campfire, Delaney lifted her milk in a toast. “To our family,” she said. “may they have as much love and happiness as we have had.”
- The MC Command Center mod gives a notification when someone dies… something that seems to me like it should be part of the game, if the game lets sims die when they aren’t being played.