Perfect

My entry for the re-vamped Short Story Challenge on the Sims Forums (If you’d like to participate in the voting at the end of the month, please make sure you read all the entries before voting! You choose your top three stories in each category — Novice and Veteran)

This month’s theme: A June Wedding

Word limit: 800 (My word count: Exactly 800! *phew*)

Screenshot limit: 8 (My screenshot count: 8)

Enjoy!

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It’s fine. Just breathe. Joy paced impatiently in front of the window, ignoring her own advice. Each drop of rain that struck the glass sent a pang of frustration and anxiety rushing through her.

“Hey, why don’t you put some clothes on and get away from the window.” Her friend Rose finally broke the silence, her voice teasing. “Don’t wanna scar some helpless passer-by…”

Joy groaned in frustration. “There isn’t gonna BE any ‘passer-by’ because NO ONE is gonna go outside in this stupid storm! It’s not supposed to rain like this in June, is it?! Ugh! It’s all ruined!” For what felt like the hundredth time since that morning, she felt her tears threatening to fall.

“No crying!” Rose said with a small smile. “We just finished your makeup…”

“Seriously though, so what if there’s a little rain?” Annie cut in gently. “None of that matters. Today’s gonna be perfect.”

Joy eyed her friend skeptically for a moment. “Uh-huh… Sure. ‘Perfect’. But we’re gonna have to do the ceremony inside if this stupid rain doesn’t stop! And we picked this venue because of how beautiful the garden is…”

“Trust me, it’s gonna be beautiful no matter what!”

Joy let out a sigh. “I hope you guys are right…”

“I know we are.” Rose replied confidently. “Now let’s get you dressed!”

At the thought of finally putting on her wedding gown, the stressed-out bride finally allowed herself a small smile.

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A little more than an hour later, Joy found herself waiting impatiently under the venue’s harsh yellow lighting as she continued fussing with her dress. All the stress and anxiety leading up to her big day had taken a toll on her eating habits and, to her horror, she’d lost more weight than she’d meant to before the wedding.

Ugh! This stupid thing won’t stay up! I’m gonna be fixing this all night, aren’t I?

Joy could feel the dress sliding a few inches down her body, bunching on the floor around her feet.

Before she could pull her dress up again, Joy’s entire body froze. The music on the other side of the door had shifted. For the first time that day, all her worries and anxiety seemed to flee her mind. Instead, she felt nothing but a pleasant rush of excitement and anticipation.

It was really happening! She was about to get married!

With one final deep breath to steel herself, Joy pushed open the door and made her way inside.

It was like time stood still. All she could see was Ryan — smiling and handsome, waiting for her at the end of the aisle. And in that moment, it didn’t matter that it was pouring rain outside or her dress was too big. All that mattered was the two of them, and the fact that they were about to begin the next chapter of their lives together.

Joy was so distracted by the happy and excited thoughts rushing through her mind that she forgot to pay attention to her slowly slipping dress. In an instant, her foot caught on the hem, and she was flying.

She fell face-first to the floor, to the sounds of horrified gasps and cries of alarm from the wedding guests. She could taste the blood in her mouth as it poured from her nose and soaked into her dress and the carpet beneath her.

Joy buried her face into the ground, too ashamed to even move. Is this really happening? She sobbed into the floor. Today was supposed to be perfect…

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Joy’s heart raced and her temples throbbed painfully as she took in her surroundings, her breathing ragged. It was a moment before she even realized where she was — back in the bridal suite. Ugh. Another wedding nightmare… And the night before the real thing too!

But as she swung her legs over the side of the bed, a flash of gold caught Joy’s eye — the unmistakable glinting of a wedding band on her finger.

Wait a minute… I DID get married yesterday! Oh my God… Joy’s foggy mind struggled to dig through her memories of the day before. She knew she’d gone a little overboard at the bar, but…

How much of it had been real, and how much had been a dream? Had it really rained so terribly? Had she really fell and made a fool of herself in front of all her friends and family? Had her wedding day really been completely ruined?

Joy glanced over her shoulder at the softly snoring form of her new husband. The love of her life. A rush of warmth washed over her as a final, more important question suddenly entered her mind — Did any of that really matter?

No, she realized at last. It doesn’t.

Because no matter what, THIS is perfect…

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Note: Hope you enjoyed! This was my first foray back into SimLit short story challenges since a few years ago! With this month’s theme, I couldn’t resist writing something, as I am getting married this month! I drew a lot of inspiration for this one from my own experiences stressing about my wedding day and being plagued by terrible wedding nightmares about things going wrong… But in the end, like Joy, I know that none of it will matter ❤ (Seriously though, it’d BETTER NOT RAIN on June 22nd! 😛 Update: It did a tiny bit, but not during the ceremony! Yay! Haha)

Thank you for reading! ❤

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31 Responses to Perfect

  1. lisabeesims says:

    OHH that was so sweet and I loved the twist .. #warmweddingsmiles In the end, it is the grand start to a beautiful journey! Congrats on yours and may the day be glorious.

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  2. divanthesimmer says:

    A beautiful and amusing story – nice twist! Congrats on getting married and may you have a wonderful wedding day.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much! I had fun writing this one 🙂 And thank you so much for your well-wishes about my wedding too! Long as I don’t face-plant on my way down the aisle, I think I’ll be okay! 😛

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  3. soulgal7 says:

    Even though most of us would not want rain on our wedding day, rain on the wedding day is actually good luck! I thoroughly enjoyed your story and how even when things go completely wrong, it is still perfect. Nice! And congrats also on your impending wedding. May it be everything you hoped for. Have a wonderful day!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      True — maybe Joy should see it as good luck! Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed, and I appreciate your well wishes for my wedding too!

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  4. Bree Miles says:

    This was a wonderful refreshing wedding day! I had almost thought it was a dream at the end only to realize that she had gotten married! Wonderful writing!

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  5. Sharae says:

    I like the contrast of the main character’s name, Joy, and how she doesn’t feel that emotion on her wedding day. I feel the anxiety and panic right along with her. It was a nice twist to see her fears come true (maybe). Usually this type of story has all the worry be for nothing. The ending is very sweet and a lovely reminder that it’s the marriage and not the wedding that really matters in the end.

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  6. raerei says:

    Hehe – I thought I saw a little of you in there. But it was a great story and I love that she’s not entirely sure what really happened and what was a dream – great way to leave us all in suspense.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks! 😁 I’m glad you liked it. It was fun leaving a bit of mystery at the end there… we’ll never know how wrong things REALLY went, but at least she figured out what’s really important, in the end!

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  8. audreyfld says:

    I loved this. All of her fears are so typical! Glad you at least escaped the rain! ❤️ Congratulations. In the end, it’s the reason for the day that matters.

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  9. Oh gosh! Everything went so wrong, but at the end of the day, the goal was accomplished. She got married and has a handsome husband to hold, ❤️ No matter what happened, it was perfect. Heck, it’ll be an amusing story they can tell their grandkids one day.

    Congrats on your own wedding. ❤️❤️ I hope it was everything you imagined and that you both are settling in nicely. Many, many rich blessings to both of you. 😊

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you! My wedding was as perfect as Joy’s 😉 She started to let all her worries get the best of her, but in the end, none of it mattered ❤️ (and you’re right — great story for the grandkids! Lol)

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  10. Mena Buchner says:

    Beautiful story and so relateable! At the end of the day, what matters is that she got married and not the weather, or flowers or other details. I hope your day on the 22nd was magical and romantic and everything you wanted – Perfect.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you! My day was indeed perfect ❤️ I had to face some of the same lessons Joy did here (though luckily my wedding wasn’t quite as disastrous as hers might have been!)

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  11. Mena Buchner says:

    Ha ha ha, wonderful! May you both have a blessed life.

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  12. Dolly Llama says:

    Whoops—I didn’t realize someone else had already done the rain angle, and so early on, too! Lovely! Congrats on the wedding!

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  13. katrinasforest says:

    I love the way you took the “it was all a dream” trope and totally turned it around. What a sweet story!

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  14. Minraed says:

    This was fun. I loved the twists and I felt bad for laughing 🙂 but I did love how all that was important was all that matters in the end. And.. I do like your photo style 🙂

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Haha no need to feel bad for laughing! 😛 Joy’s day was a little crazy (or was it…? 🤔 We’ll never know 😛 ) Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the compliment on my screenshots too!

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  15. Aema Simming says:

    If there’s one thing you can guarantee at a wedding, something always goes wrong. Hope that your day was the exception or at the very least that it was manageable chaos. Loved this short story and the ambiguity of the dream sequence.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much! A few tiny hiccups, but nothing as major as what Joy may or may not have had to go through 😛 But like her day, still perfect! I’m glad you enjoyed and thanks for reading ❤️

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