Waiting For Mary

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The ghost of Henry Burke continued to cruise the bars and museums, hoping for a chance encounter with his ghost wife, Mary Burke. She had vanished from his life when she died, just as he had vanished from her life when he died, long ago. He understood how it was in the afterlife: Sometimes a ghost needs some time alone. Sometimes a ghost dies on a community lot, and the transition is so overwhelming that they become lost, and can’t find their way back home. In the bars, Henry met several women, and a few men, willing to start a romantic relationship with him. It didn’t matter. He was waiting for Mary. Owing to the quirks of the afterlife, a ghost can’t be contacted directly. (A ghost can call you, but you can’t call a ghost. No one knows why.) All he could do was wait for her. Someday, Mary will call him, when she’s ready to return, just as he had called her, so long ago.

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Henry’s son, Aquarius, and daughter-in-law, Francine, worried about Henry. Even the dead should live a healthy life, they told him. They urged him to come out of retirement, return to a professional painter career – maybe even become a ghost cop. Henry remained in retirement, however. He wanted to be available when Mary called. His grandchildren visited him often. Lilly and her girlfriend, Rita, moved in with Henry for a while, until they were both old enough to move into their own apartment in the city. They didn’t want their ghost grandfather to be so alone.

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Then, one day, it happened. Henry’s phone rang, and it was Mary. She invited him to the Humor and Hijinks Festival. They spent the whole time together, ignoring everyone else, and ignoring the whole festival. They talked, laughed, flirted, kissed, and bantered like old friends do. And yet, even though their friendship and romance levels were at their maximums, Mary didn’t seem ready to come back home. Henry didn’t know why, but he understood the concept. These things take time, and Henry had all the time in the world. They were ghosts, after all. The festival ended, and they went their separate ways. Henry was heartbroken, but at least he knew that Mary was still around.

reunion

Weeks later, it was Ghost Night at the Old Quarter Inn. The ghost of Henry was there, enjoying a discounted drink, and ducking the advances of Jade Rosa, when the ghost of Mary glided through the door. He asked her, once again, to rejoin the household, and she said yes.

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Mary Burke has returned home. Their house in the Windenburg countryside is pretty much as she remembered it. There’s a new basketball hoop, and Henry has built a swimming pool. Henry’s garden is slightly larger. Aquarius’ old bedroom, which was converted to a craft room when he left home to move in with Francine, now looks as if two teenage girls had been living there. But, overall, it seems to Mary, Henry has kept the place just as she left it. Her science lab in the basement is still there.

Henry and Mary Burke will continue to live the lives of retired ghosts, taking camping trips to Granite Falls whenever they like. They’ll remain together in Windenburg until the end of time (which, since this is The Sims 4, could happen at any time).

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