Chapter Twenty-Four

Something was wrong.

Evelyn couldn’t quite put her finger on what that something was, but it worried her.

Lucas had already been growing distant for a while. Evelyn hated to admit it, but it was true. He’s just stressed, and busy. She’d been telling herself, hoping to alleviate her concerns. For the most part, it worked.

But this was different. It was like he was avoiding her.

Every night, he’d return home late from work. Every night, she would linger in the backyard, waiting.

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And every night, he would walk right past her without a second glance.

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It was not the first time that this had happened, of course. Some nights, after a particularly long or stressful shift, Lucas would retreat to his bedroom as soon as he got home, without so much as a hello. But he would always come to her the next night and apologize, and things would go back to normal.

Not this time. Night after night, it was the same. Evelyn felt a constant mixture of sadness and anger. What’s wrong with him? Why is he ignoring me?

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One night, when Lucas arrived home, he was shocked to find Evelyn waiting for him.

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Lucas tried his best to hide his nervousness as he greeted her. “Oh… hey, Ev.” He tried to smile.

“Oh good, you remember my name, at least.” The ghost said sadly. “Lucas, what’s going on?”

Lucas stared at the floor, unable to meet her gaze. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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“I think you do.”

He sighed. “Look, I’m just busy… There’s been a ton of big events this week… two weddings, a big business convention, the Landgraabs even hired us to cater a birthday party…” He muttered all of this very quickly. “Sorry I haven’t been around more… It’s just a lot of work.” Lucas peered up at her cautiously, gauging her reaction.

Evelyn seemed to hesitate. “You’re sure that’s all it is?”

Yes.” There was a hint of annoyance in Lucas’ voice. “It’s tiring, that’s all.”

“Okay…” The ghost said sadly. Lucas could tell she was not entirely convinced. “Just don’t forget that I’m here for you.” She said seriously. “If you ever need to talk about what’s troubling you… I’m here.” She lifted a hand and stroked his cheek gently.

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Lucas sighed softly at her touch, trying to chase away the memory of the warm, living hands that had touched him the night of his birthday. Why couldn’t he get it out of his head?

“Thanks, Ev.” He smiled. “It’ll be better soon, I promise. As soon as things die down at work.” Or as soon as he could get over his crippling guilt.

“I guess I should let you get some sleep then…” Evelyn pulled her hand away.

“Thanks for understanding, Ev.”

The ghost tried to smile. “Of course.” She paused. “I love you. Goodnight.”

A new wave of guilt seemed to wash over Lucas at her words. You wouldn’t love me if you knew…

“’Night, beautiful.” He managed a small smile before turning away and heading up the stairs to bed.

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Lucas awoke the next day shortly before the sun came up. The restaurant was catering an important breakfast that morning for a big company meeting, and he had to go in early to do the final preparations.

He dressed quickly, tip-toed down the stairs, made some coffee, and slipped out of the house quietly, avoiding waking his sleeping parents. Lucas had barely made it out of the house when he heard a strange, gravelly voice call out to him.

“Mr. Ainsworth…” The voice laughed deeply. “So nice to finally meet you…”

Lucas turned around, confused, and his eyes fell on the person who had addressed him.

A dark and shadowy figure hovered before him, waving a grey, scaly hand in greeting.

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A strangled cry of fear escaped Lucas’ lips. He held his hands up defensively, cowering in fear. “W-what do you want?” Lucas asked, trying to sound brave. Could this be him? He wondered, terrified. Death?

The figure looked just like Evelyn’s description of the being that had turned away from her in the darkness all those years ago.

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The figure chuckled heartily. “You humans are so easily spooked.” It shook its head in amusement. “I just want to have a word with you… I’ve been meaning to for quite some time.”

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It turned away from him then, floating away down the sidewalk. The creature raised one boney grey hand and beckoned for Lucas to join him.

Lucas wanted nothing more than to run. But something told him that disobeying this hooded figure would not be wise. So he took a deep breath, gathered all the courage he could muster, and followed.

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29 Responses to Chapter Twenty-Four

  1. theplumbob says:

    Woah, I didn’t expect Grim! Is this linking to your other story?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Haha kind of indirectly, I guess! When I wrote this, I didn’t really imagine them as being the same Grim Reaper, but it’s kind of fun if you do (and it doesn’t hurt the story in any way). I’ve already thrown in a couple cross-over references (intentional, this time!) in (Para)Normal Neighborhood (namely the girl Lucas slept with making an appearance, and my main character referencing that one of her favorite authors is Becca Ainsworth, Lucas’ mother :P). So I suppose having this be the same guy would fit with all that, wouldn’t it? Good thought!

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  2. Jes2G says:

    Uh oh. I hope he gives us some answers!

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  3. Lux Conant says:

    I wonder what he wants to talk about with Lucas, seems weird the way he said he’s been meaning to.

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  4. Can Grim pull Lucas’s plumhead out of his plum hole please? That is what I want!!!

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  5. Reblogged this on kitdragonflight and commented:
    Grimmeh!

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  6. raerei says:

    Oooh. Plot twist. Hello grim!

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  7. Oh my gosh! I can’t wait to see what happens! 🙂

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  8. whattheplum says:

    The plot thickens! 😀

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  9. alienphoenix says:

    To me it says so much that Evelyn says she loves him and he just says goodnight.

    Pooh and Grim makes an appearance. Things are about to get really interesting.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yes they are haha! And I think you’re the first person to pick up on the I love you thing! (Or at least first one to mention it). Though it’s hard to explain because he DOES still love her, but… It’s not the same as it used to be. At all. :-/ poor things.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Also, I’m really appreciating your comments as you go through my story! A lot of people read without ever commenting (and that’s totally fine!), some without ever liking either haha. But I do love it when people take the time to let me know what they’re thinking while reading, so thanks!!! Are you on the sims forums, by any chance? Just asking so I could say hi if I ever see you around there (it’s a fun place! Well, the stories and legacies section is haha that’s the only place I “hang out”) 🙂

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      • alienphoenix says:

        I’m glad. I just feel like when I read stories I should comment since I would want people to do the same if they were reading my story (if I ever get it started :p)

        And I am not on the sims forum.

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        Well it’s definitely appreciated so thank you! Also, if you ever want to talk with other SimLit writers, joining the forums might be fun! There’s a thread called the writers lounge full of so many great people. Just a suggestion if you want to check it out. Thanks again for reading!!!!!

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  10. Virtualee says:

    “night beautiful”..?!? You lying, cute, silly, devilishly handsome sim…Lucas!!!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha I knowwwwwww. So many mixed emotions toward Lucas at this point in the story! (Sorry, I love replying to comments, so don’t mind me blowing up your notifications with replies hahaha)

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Wait… But if you don’t have a WP account you probably don’t GET notifications… But I will continue replying anyway, because why not? XD

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  11. beckycat1221 says:

    Wonder what Grim wants

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  12. medleymisty says:

    *chants Death Death Death Death*

    🙂

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  13. RipuAncestor says:

    Ugh, Lucas! Man up and take responsibility! Making a drunken mistake is one thing, but not confessing always leads to something hitting the fan. Well, I hope he eventually stops making this worse for himself.
    Also: YEAAH! DEATH IS HERE!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Ah yes, I fondly remember these days XD Lucas is basically the type who will avoid telling the truth/having a tough conversation because he fears hurting the other person and also fears being hated. Kind of cowardly and selfish, huh? (*hugs Lucas* He’s still my favorite character haha but quite flawed :P) and yes, Grimmy has arrived! 😉 Hehehe I love “seeing” you read this and getting your thoughts 🙂 I hope you are enjoying!!!

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  14. Uh oh, little lies tend to grow into bigger and bigger ones until they crush more than just the person who told them. Hope Lucas learns that and I look forward to seeing what words of wisdom Mr Grim has for him.

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  15. lovesstorms says:

    Twist (at least for me)! Why would Grim want to talk to him? Obviously, it’s about Evelyn. Getting more interesting as I read. ❤

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  16. ARoseInBloom says:

    Oh! I can’t imagine what’s going to happen, but I hope it ends up being good for Lucas. Maybe a way to bring Evelyn back. Or an offer to join her. Not that he should, but still!!

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