A Valentine’s Tale

 

Valentina 01“No Amelia, I will definitely not sell this mansion! I don’t see why!”

“But Henry…, don’t you see how this neighborhood has changed for the worse? All the families of standing have moved out already. If you don’t want to do it for me, then do it for our son. Imagine him playing in the streets with the poor children from around here.”

Valentina 02The woman brought her hands to her face if though she was going to cry: “Imagine him bringing one of those bad mannered, dirty dressed boys or girls to our house. I don’t even want to think about it when he grows up. He would be the center of girls trying to fish him for the money *snicker*.”

Valentina 03Sir Henry paced through the parlor while Amelia was waiting with hope for his decision, and after a while he stopped and said: “Well, if that is what you’re really concerned about…, I’ll send him to the Bridgeport boarding school, where I was educated as well.”

Valentina 04Amelia reacted sadly over her husband’s words. “I didn’t exactly mean that! I’d like to have the boy here with me… well… with us, but in another house and in a neighborhood of standing!”

Valentina 05“I’m sorry but I feel good in this house. I made my decision. I’ll write the boarding school right away. With a bit of luck, they can have him next week.” Sir Henry went to the computer to write his email.

Valentina 06*****

 

Valentina 07“Mom..? Is there anything I can do for you before I go out for my walk?”  

Valentina 08“Yes, before you go outside, leave your blue dress in the laundry bin. I’ll wash it so you can wear it whenever you want. Honey, take the dog with you and make sure to come home before dark.

“I’ve put the dress in there already mom… and, oh… there is a button missing!” After that Tina grabbed a cardigan and whistled for the dog: “Come on Blackie! You want to come with me for a walk?” The dog wove his tail enthusiastically and followed her.

Valentina 09Kelly sighed while she cleaned the kitchen. This wasn’t really what she had hoped for after 20 years of marriage with the man she still loved. Their life had been a continuous struggle to climb the ladder of success, for a better position at work. Now, since some years her husband didn’t have a steady income. The enterprise he had worked for since their marriage, had collapsed, and he found himself in the street. No…, he was not the only one.

Valentina 10Kelly went to get her daughter’s dress to sew the button and she kept on thinking. Many of their friends had been working there and were now in the same position. They couldn’t find a job on a regular base. Chris was handy, and he only had some work when somebody had a broken TV or radio. Now and then they required a handy man far from home, and he had to leave his family during some days. The times were bad. Everybody was complaining about that.

With her teeth, Kelly cut the thread she had used to sew the button on her daughter’s dress. She felt sorry for her, but there was no money to buy new fancy clothes.

Valentina 11Meanwhile Tina walked the dog to her special place. As far as she remembered she always liked this place. For some months now, there was a nice looking young man near the hill. He used to wear a gym outfit and he was usually exercising on the grass. She had never approached him, and he didn’t seem to notice her presence at all. After some time, he used to jog and go elsewhere….

She found this young man to be very mysterious and with her vivid imagination she was spinning a fantasy around him.

Valentina 12

Today he wasn’t there. That was strange…, he always used to be there at the exact same time.

Valentina 13Not knowing what to do, she sat on the bench and played a bit with Blackie.

Valentina 14Then she wanted to go home and passing the small church, she heard the impressive sound of an organ and decided to go inside. She told Blackie to wait outside for her.

Valentina 15It was the music that drew her in… At first sight, the church seemed to be empty. The sounds of the organ came from the upper floor. Bach…, it sounded very passionate.

Valentina 16She sat down on one of the benches and let the music caress her senses. Then she felt a strange presence and… opening her eyes, she noticed she was not alone. A few benches away sat the mysterious young man she hadn’t seen today on the hill side.

Valentina 17He seemed to be concentrating on the music as well… It was such a strange feeling. They didn’t know each other, but they were communicating without looking at each other, and without speaking.

Valentina 18Just by enjoying this majestic organ piece of Bach, there seemed to grow a special bond between them.

Valentina 19Even in the spell of the music she kept feeling that bond. Then… all of a sudden… the music stopped!

Valentina 20She stood up like a sleepwalker, he did the same…. They looked at each other and didn’t say a word. The spell was gone but both knew that together they had gone through something so wonderful and unique that it couldn’t be explained with words.

Valentina 21He was the first one to leave the church.

Valentina 22She still had wet eyes thinking of the beautiful music and the emotion she had just experienced. Then she left as well.

Valentina 23That evening, she was too restless to sleep. In her small bedroom, she turned on the radio and looked for a classical music radio station. She turned off the lights, lit a candle, and tried to bring back the magical feelings she experienced in that church. It was nice but there was something missing…, the man’s presence.

Valentina 24*She didn’t know that her mystery man was outside looking up to the lit candle on the window sill.*

Valentina 25He stood there until it started to rain…

Valentina 26Next day, Tina helped her mother cleaning the house and working in the garden.

Valentina 27Kelly looked at her daughter and wondered why she was so silent but it was not in her character to obligate her daughter to share her secrets. She herself had been young as well.

Valentina 28Later, inside the house Kelly said: “Dad will come home tomorrow from the job he has been hired for. That means that he will bring home some money, and perhaps we can give you some to buy a new outfit with.”

“I’m glad dad will come back but… mom…, really it isn’t necessary to give me money. I know the problems you are going through with the finances. I wish I could find a job to help you both as well.”

Valentina 29“I know darling; you are a good daughter.” After a moment of silence she continued talking: “Honey, today I heard that the people who lived in the big mansion have had a terrible accident.”

Valentina 30“Really? What kind of accident? I haven’t heard anything and haven’t read about it in the newspaper.”

 “No, it seems to have happened some months ago. According to the girl who works in the grocery store, they died during a plane crash.”

“Oh my… that’s horrible! Did they have family?”

Valentina 31“Yes, they seemed to have one child, I don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl. Anyway, they always kept to themselves and didn’t want to get involved with the lower class people like us. They seem to have sent their child to a boarding school. I don’t remember having seen children around that mansion.”

Tina noticed her mom was in a talkative mood and she decided to sacrifice her daily walk and stayed with her mother.

Valentina 32The day after, in the afternoon, after doing their work around the house again, Tina went for her walk. The mystery man was working out on the hill already. She stood there looking at him.

Valentina 33It was so far away from where he was… she was pretty sure he wouldn’t notice her observing him.

Valentina 34After a while he got ready to go jogging, and he got out of sight. She sat there on the bench letting her imagination take over.

Valentina 35Then… all of a sudden…, he stood there… next to the bench.

“Excuse me, may I sit down here? *The magical feeling was back*

“Eh… well, yes of course…, you may sit down.” She felt how her cheeks turned hot and wasn’t aware that it was exactly what made her more attractive.

Valentina 36“We have met already the day before yesterday… in the church… remember?”

“Ah yes… now I remember!” *How could she not remember! She had been thinking about it ever since…!*

Valentina 37“My name is Donald…, Don… and you are…?”

“Eh… Tina…, Valentina.”

“That’s a beautiful name for a beautiful young woman.”

Now she blushed even more.

“Thank you.”

“Have you been living here a long time?”

“Yes, I was born here. And you…, are you from here?”

“Well, I have been living here for some months now, but very soon I’ll have to go. I took some months off from work, but soon that free time is over.”

Valentina 38“Oh yes… work is very important. You are lucky to have a good job in these difficult times.” Then… without knowing why, she started to talk about her family and her dad who had lost his job and the problems they were having to keep on going.”

Valentina 39He didn’t say a word, but he nodded now and again and his eyes encouraged her to continue. He had noticed that she wasn’t wearing fancy clothes, but she was clean and so were her clothes. She seemed a fine person to him. He stood up and told her he had to go now. “Are you coming back here tomorrow again?”

“Eh… yes, this is my daily walk, to this place.”

Valentina 40“Alright then, we’ll meet tomorrow again. Goodbye Valentina!”

“See you tomorrow, Don.”

Valentina 41Two weeks passed and they met every day. They got to know each other quite well and became very good friends. They had walks together but sometimes they were just sitting in the park without talking. That silence wasn’t painful at all. The sparks of their eyes spoke volumes.

Valentina 42He always walked her home. She felt relieved each time she heard him say ‘see you tomorrow’. Hadn’t he told her he’d have to leave soon? Winter was already there and Don was still here!

Valentina 43It had snowed for the first time this season. When Kelly took the letters the postman had brought, there was as well a letter for her daughter. A envelope that looked sophisticated… In that letter she was invited to visit Mr. Dodge Van Blinckhurst, who apparently lived in the mansion. The invite was for that same afternoon.

Valentina 44“Honey, that must be the child of the family who had that plane crash. Gee… let’s go and buy you a new outfit. Perhaps his interest in you is one of the romantic kind.”

Tina’s heart skipped a beat. She saw her mother’s enthusiasm. What was happening here? Why would she be invited to that expensive looking mansion?!

She felt weird, and she heard her own voice saying: “I’m not going! I’m not interested in rich people.”

Valentina 45Kelly’s mouth opened as to say something but she closed it again. She changed to the chair next to her daughter and asked “Are you sure about that?” and seeing that Tina was firm in her decision, she thought ‘I want the best for my girl, but… it’s her life and she has to decide for herself.’  Yes, Kelly was a wise woman.

Valentina 46In the afternoon, Tina got ready for her daily walk and rendezvous with Don. Unlike all the other days, this time he wasn’t there yet. It was cold and she sat there waiting for about 30 minutes before he came to her.

“You are late Donald!”

“Yes, as a matter of fact, I didn’t expect you here. I heard you have been invited to the big mansion, and I supposed you would prefer to go there.”

Valentina 47Now, for the first time since they met, she spoke louder “How little do you know me! I prefer being with you than with some unknown sophisticated man, however rich he may be.”

Valentina 48“Does that mean, you feel something more for me than friendship?” He looked in her eyes and she felt like he could look right into her soul. She blushed…

“Sorry, my dear Valentina…. I shouldn’t have asked you that. I have to admit that I would like to know your feelings before telling you… *He took her hands in his’*  … that I’m very much in love with you… Do you want to give me a chance to prove my love to you? Do you want to be my fiancée?”

Valentina 49Tina was completely swept off her feet. “You want me to give you a chance to prove your love for me? Don’t you know that I observed you secretly, and for me it was love at first sight? Of course, I want to go steady with you! Why, do you think I didn’t go to that ‘difficult-name-man in his mansion’?!”

Donald laughed with joy. How refreshing she was… He gave her a bouquet of pink flowers and asked permission to kiss her.

Valentina 50

It was their first kiss and both felt like being transported to heaven.

When it got darker, she told him she had to go home. “Why don’t you come with me and I will present you to my parents.”

Valentina 51They walked hand in hand to Tina’s house and after another little kiss they went inside. Then she presented him to her parents: “Mom, dad…, I want you to know my boy friend Don…” and she looked at him because she didn’t know his family name.

Valentina 52He came to her rescue and said: “Yes… Donald… Dodge Van Blinckhurst. May I ask for your daughter’s hand please?”

Now it was her parent’s turn to look strange. First of all because now they learned that he was the one who lived in that big mansion. After having digested this, her dad said: “Young man, isn’t that a bit old fashioned? We don’t interfere in what our daughter wants or not. I will not give you her hand…; if you want her… ask her yourself…!”

Valentina 53Don got a bit nervous now but he took a little box out of his pocket, kneeled for Tina and asked: “Valentina, would you do me the honor and give me your hand?”

Valentina 54Tina looked in awe at the beautiful ring he offered her and answered: “Not only my hand… but my whole body and soul will be yours for eternity…”

Valentina 55

The End (or the beginning if you wish to follow this blog) 🙂

 

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8 Responses to A Valentine’s Tale

  1. Tímea Kiss says:

    This is a beautiful story, and I am awaiting the next! 🙂

    • margotoele says:

      Hi Tímea, I’m so pleased you have read and commented the story on my blog! If you like to read sim stories… there are many here in this blog… you only have to look around a bit and you will find them. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous story, I really enjoyed reading it! ❤

  3. Peggy says:

    This is so romantic-love the story-can’t wait for more!! ❤

    • margotoele says:

      Thank you very much Peg… for your comment as well as for have given me permission to use your those sims of yours. They look good in game and in the story! 🙂

  4. Freddie says:

    Sweet story, gorgeous screenshots! 🙂

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