2.6 That Fateful Night
August 21, 2010 § 6 Comments
The wedding was scheduled to take place at 5:00 pm on Saturday. It wasn’t going to be a big event, just some family and some close friends. While the bride and groom had planned the party, Bryce was the one who phoned the guests and set up a place in the backyard for the event. When he phoned the French Hallovins, however, no one answered. It was unfortunate, but the wedding would happen, whether the bride’s cousins and aunt and uncle could make it or not. With the wedding so close, all that Brant and Cora wanted to do was be with each other. But to try and keep it somewhat traditional, the couple refrained from seeing each other the whole day. The afternoon dragged on slowly; Bryce and Brant were busy setting up the platform and decorations in the back yard, while Cora and Evelyn booked a trip to China for four for noon the next day. By the time the doorbell rang at 5:00, the house, yard, and family were ready.
Since the men were still outside, and Cora was applying the finishing touches to her appearance, Evelyn went to answer the door. But as she touched the doorknob, she felt something deep inside her just stop. With horror, Evelyn realized that she was dying. The guests, impatient to see the marriage, rang the doorbell again, and Cora decided to go and see why her mother hadn’t let them in. The anguished cry that followed Cora’s discovery left the guests outside silent, and sent Brant running back to the house.
Never before had the Hallovins felt such pain. Evelyn was dying at her daughter’s wedding, and at a such a young age in comparison to her parents and Claire. Cora couldn’t stop sobbing, and when Bryce arrived he was speechless. But when the Grim Reaper arrived to take his wife, Bryce was howling. The ghost of Evelyn begged and pleaded with Grim Reaper – just one more day, while her youngest daughter got married – but the Reaper would hear nothing of it and banished her.
Only after the Reaper left were the guests let in. Bryce found a golden urn on the floor next to where Evelyn had been, and he held onto it tightly for the rest of the night. The guests could guess what had happened by the Hallovins’ teary faces and Evelyn’s absence, and most left right then, not wanting to burden their hosts after such a loss. The Hallovins, minus Evelyn, considered calling off the wedding. It wouldn’t be the same without their matriarch. But in the end, it was decided that it would have been what Evelyn wanted, and the ceremony began.
By the time that the smudged make up was washed off and the rings were being exchanged, most of the guests had left. The only person left was Zachariah Timmons, a friend and coworker of Cora’s. He was very supportive of the mourning family, and stayed close to Bryce at all times, not minding when he was suddenly hugged by the older man. Cora and Brant were married on the platform that had been put up just for the occasion, in front of the carefully set up, albeit empty, pavilion. They had spent the afternoon setting it up, so it wouldn’t make sense to not use it, even if there was no one else there. Despite Evelyn’s death, the couple managed to have a good time under a beautiful night’s sky. When the food was served, Zachariah took the fragile, shaking Bryce into the house and left the newlywed Hallovins to their meal. French music was played softly in the background in honour of Evelyn, and once they were finished eating, everyone went to bed.
The next morning, a funeral was held for Evelyn, and only the closest friends were invited. Evelyn’s ashes were buried in a shady corner of the yard, and red rose bushes were planted alongside the grave, as if to shield her. Her tombstone stood tall and proud, reminding the guests that Evelyn was an accomplished sim. Bryce had planned on making a speech, but standing in front of his wife’s grave all he could do was cry. Zachariah had been unable to attend, but Brant’s sister Sally was there, and she was a big support to Bryce.
When it came time to leave for China, Brant phoned to cancel the tickets. Bryce insisted that they go, though, saying that he would be fine at home without them. Sally promised that she and Zachariah would take good care of Bryce while they were gone, and that the couple should consider the trip as a honeymoon. Going with Evelyn wouldn’t feel right, since it was her idea to go to China in the first place, but Cora and Brant eventually agreed, and Brant only cancelled two tickets.
Rest in peace, Evelyn Hallovin.