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The day dawned, just like every other day, except someone had knocked over the trash can. Elise saw the trash piles, presumably from her bedroom, and mischievously decided to play in them right before it was time to go to school.
Mortimer was sent to clean up the trash, hopefully before Elise got too dirty for school. Unfortunately, the Grim Reaper chose this very moment to come for Mortimer.
Everyone was alerted, but Bella was already on her way
Bella was running, full speed.
Everyone seemed to be in shock. It was surreal.
In a tragically humorous turn of events, most of the family was more concerned about the trash on the ground, than Mortimer’s death.
Alexander begged: he pleaded that his father would be fine, that this was not his final moment.
Alexander was angry. Death was unmoved. Then the finality and sadness of the moment started to creep in.
Delaney, coming to her senses, took a good, long look at Death.
She had met him early in life,
but had since, mercifully, forgotten the raw, rotten stench.
Acting as if on auto-pilot, she turned and left for work, with the rest of the family.
The title is from William Shakespeare, Henry the Fifth, Act III, Scene 1
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears
Then imitate the action of the tiger…
I really thought Mortimer had more time. I had noticed that his “life bar” was full, and had begun to sparkle, but Maddi’s was like that for literally, sim weeks, before she died.
Most of the family did not have a close relationship with Mortimer, and it makes me sad that he died before I had a chance for that to develop, now that they all lived together. Delaney’s relationship with him was impartial, and the children were just getting to know him, except for Mortimer’s own son, Desmond, who was his good friend. Bella, of course, had full friendship and a full romantic relationship with him, and is devastatingly sad.
Bella will take Mortimer’s remains, and she and Desmond will move back to Goth manor, after the wake.
Delaney reminds me of her grandmother, Beatrice, here. Beatrice fussed at the Grim Reaper at Maddi’s death. I thought she and Alexander both, imitated “the action of the tiger”
After Delaney insulted Death, he whipped out the scythe. I was so afraid she was a goner, but he was just going inside to watch TV.
Bella, heartbroken. The Very Sad emotion caption says something along the lines that widowhood is hard, she has lost true love. The statue behind her, by the way, is Delaney’s latest work reward, which I put in the cemetery next to Maddi’s grave.
I should have had Bella plead for Mortimer! She had the option to “Demand Mortimer to be Spared,” but was not able to plead after Alexander failed. I don’t know if her ability to make that demand was due to her “Good” trait, or her very high relationship with Mortimer. I was very tempted to exit without saving, especially due to the whole trash debacle, which was so maddening.
This is how Mortimer spent his last full day:
Retirement is good. Bunny slippers make it better.
Fixing a BLT for the kids just before they came home from school
Watching TV with Desmond and Ewan, and chatting
Delaney got promoted to Level 9 of the Space Ranger career
And got a statue for her Great Grandma Maddi, who had wanted someone from the family go to the moon:
Alexander also got promoted:
Bella, as usual, wanted to woohoo,
And Mortimer gave in, although his queue read, “Complain about strenuous activity.”
But Bella doesn’t need to feel guilty, he slept off the dangerously tired moodlet well before morning, and woke up happy the day he died.