Seasons Of Hope


The snowflakes gently float down outside, frosting the glass panes of the windows. The crackling of the wood in the fireplace, as a beautiful red orange glow envelops the room. Winter time, while most families come towards the holidays, a gorgeous present had been given to the Prescott family.

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“Isn’t she just so precious?” Dana softly nuzzles her newborn, cuddling her sweetly.
“She definitely took her own time to get here,” Trevor sighs, looking down at his wife and daughter. “But she is definitely extremely cute.”
The little pink bundle squirms and gurgles, a look filled with innocence beams across her face.
Trevor laughs, “Trying to melt my heart already my little Hope? Because unfortunately for you, your mother is the only one who can do that.”
Dana smiles, looking at her husband light up, the same way he had when he met her.

“Trev, set the timer on the camera, we have to capture this moment for all eternity.” Dana says, feeling the warmth and comfort of her family compared to the icy cold of the outside.

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It was truly a miracle, after years and years of trying their little bundle of joy arrived and with that a new life began for the Prescott family.

“NO!” She says defiantly, as she proceeds to knock her bowl of cereal on the floor.
Dana sighs, as she proceeds to pick up the bowl and add a little more cereal into the bowl.
Motherhood is definitely not like the movies, where is all of the bratty mood swings there… 

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“Come on Hope, here comes the aeroplane, ZOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM” Dana responds, flying the spoon around her daughters face, “OH NO, the aeroplane has no where to land, maybe Daddy will help land the plane,” as Dana turns to Trevor, his mouth wide open to receive the ‘aeroplane’.

“NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! MEEEEEEE!!!! NOOOOO DADA!!!!!” shrieks the messy toddler, “NOOOO DADA!!!”
“Ok ok, here comes the aeroplane!!!” Dana and Trevor laugh at their mischievous little toddler who is happily flying her ‘aeroplane’.

“Imagine,” Trevor exasperates, “when she becomes a teenager, if this is what a handful she is as a toddler. My little Hope, you little troublemaker.”
Trevor scoops her up into his arms tickling her, filling the room with her joyous laughter.

Dana grabs her ever ready camera, “Smile my loves!!”

Trevor And Hope as A toddler

The leaves on the trees were slowly turning orange to brown as they gracefully flutter to the ground. Leaving it swallowed by a carpet of leaves, crunching as the pitter patter of feet race around them.

“DADDY, YOU CAN’T CATCH ME!!!” Comes the cry, shrieking laughter following it.
“Come back here you little monster!!” Trevor replies playfully, while pretending to angrily shake his fist as he chases after his young child.

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“I thought,” Dana hands on her hips, appears on the porch, “that this was supposed to be a leaf clean up. But instead,” Dana points at her daughter and husband who have now frozen like statues, “I come to playing in the leaves.”

“Ummm….” comes the soft reply, both looking down at their feet in embarrassment.

“Well then, you can’t leave me out of it,” Dana rushes towards her family, scooping up a pile of leaves and throwing them in the air. Laughter from her family filling her ears.

Trevor grabs his phone, “Well I might not be a professional photographer like someones mother but I think a picture is in order. Smile my beautiful girls.”

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The sun shines as the birds sing their spring time songs. The bees buzzing excitedly around the new blossoms of flowers which have now slowly turned the garden into a lush thriving utopia. The perfect setting for the blossoming of young love.

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“Are you sure? Like I don’t want to make things awkward… I mean within our friendship, Caleb replies nervously, looking down at his feet.
“Oh my gosh, Cal, like let’s be for real. I have liked you since your family moved across the street from us. I used to find excuses for my parents to have to get you guys to come over or well me to come to you…” Hope trails off, knowing she let a huge secret slip, a red blush creeping up her cheeks.
Caleb smiles while he whispers, “I knew, I just didn’t think you would like a boy like me.”

“Trev, I don’t think we should spy on them like this… It’s her first kiss with Caleb, it’s not right,” Dana whispers nervously to her husband.
“Please,” Trevor snorts, “Your parents were totally spying on us the first time I kissed you and it never killed us, look we still together 25 years later.”
“Shush… We going to miss it!” Dana exclaims excitedly.
“Now look who’s excited?” Trevor mutters under his breath.

Caleb nervously holds Hope’s hand, his palms slightly wet, as he closes the gap between them. He slowly leans in, as their lips meet. And finally, the dreaded first kiss was over. But Hope never thought she would have enjoyed it this much. Her experience was so different to her friends. But maybe it was all just because it was the right setting and the right boy.

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“I honestly can’t believe you took a picture of their kiss Dana…” Trevor shakes his head smiling at his wife.

The sun was out in full force, as it beat down on the stone paving mercilessly. Squirrels and birds alike seeking the soothing comfort of the cooling shade. It was definitely the summer heat that the Prescotts had grown accustom to but nevertheless today, it was slightly different.

“Mum, now this has got to be the last photo, I cannot be in this heat anymore. I will literally faint, even if its fake.” Hope’s exasperation with her mother so evident across her face, with the faintest of smiles. Hope knew her parents loved sharing all her triumphs with her and all this posing was just to add to the gallery of Hope Prescott.

“Yes Dana, I cannot for the life of me, stay in this damn suit any longer. You married a skater not a suit loving business man,” Trevor mutters, pulling at his tie, trying to seek a little comfort.

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“Trev, Hope! I’m a world class photographer, people pay hundreds and thousands of simoleons for my work and here I’m doing this for free and you can’t appreciate it.” Dana huffs, irritated with her family’s mood.

“Sorry mum, but I think you need to be in the picture for a change. Caleb, babe like take a picture of us together and remember you need to meet mum’s standards after all its not everyday their baby graduates from university,” Hope smiles, grabbing her parents and hugging them tightly before posing.

“Congrats our little Hope,” they say in unison, beaming with pride and joy.

“Say cheese and crackers, Prescott family!!”

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The snowflakes gently float down outside, frosting the glass panes of the windows once again. The crackling of the wood in the fireplace, as a beautiful red orange glow envelops the room. Winter time, while most families come towards the holidays, a gorgeous present had been given to the Prescott family.

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“Isn’t he just so adorable?” Dana softly nuzzles her newborn, cuddling him sweetly.
“He definitely took his own time to get here but then again so did our other baby,” Trevor sighs, looking down at his wife and their blue bundle she held. “But he is definitely extremely cute.”
The little blue bundle squirms and gurgles, a look filled with innocence beams across his face.
Trevor laughs, “Trying to melt my heart already my little Schuyler? Because unfortunately for you, your mother and grandmother are the only ones who can do that.”
Dana smiles, looking at her husband light up, the same way he had when he met her and their daughter.

“Trev, set the timer on the camera, we have to capture this moment for all eternity.” Dana recollects, knowing that along with the changing seasons their pictures were there forever.

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This short story was written for February’s Monthly SimLits Short Story Challenge. This month’s theme was “Seasons of…” 

Rules for this months challenge were the following: “This month, you can use 500-2000 words and 1-15 screenshots.”

Number of words: 1328

Number of screenshots: 13 including Featured Image (Cover Image)

Please head over to the forum thread linked above and check out this months other entries and/or write your own short story for the challenge! Thanks again and as always keep on simming! 🙂

 

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