A thick blanket of snow still lay on the ground in the early days of spring, but the weather was a little warmer and the Foresters could play outside in the snow almost every day.
William Farmer was the first of his generation to pass away.
Thomas Fisher was terrified by the sight of the Reaper.
The Foresters braved the evening snowfall to lay William to rest outside of the village. For some of the old sims, the short journey was difficult and dangerous.
When they got back home, the Foresters brought food and comfort to William’s wife and daughters. But, just as they were reminiscing, Henry Cook’s time arrived.
It was too cold and dark outside for everyone to make another trip to the burial grounds, so Harold went out alone to take his father’s grave to the appointed place. The rest of his friends and family would visit in the morning to mourn his passing.
Elizabeth, Steven, Harold, Helena, Dorothy, Matilda, and Eleanor were devastated to have lost such wonderful husbands and fathers. Steven and Dorothy comforted one another.
William’s death hit Helena particularly hard. She needs a lot social contact, and she had been used to talking to her husband in bed for hours before breakfast every day; but now she had to wake up each morning all alone.
In her loneliness, she kissed Richard Fisher.
Richard kissed her back.
The affair began and ended with that one kiss, but Richard felt terribly guilty.
The next morning, he confessed to what he’d done. Martha understood that Helena was in mourning, but was furious with Richard.
For a few nights, she refused to sleep next to him.
Martha just needed a little time to heal. But time was the one thing she didn’t have.
Richard was heartbroken. He felt responsible for his wife’s death. Martha had been greatly loved among the Foresters, and they all gathered to mourn her passing.
His friends’ deaths made Jacob Gardener realize that he might not have long left himself, so he decided to use his final days to teach his son Arthur everything he knew about the family business.
Richard braved the freezing weather each night to visit his wife’s grave, hoping to catch a glimpse of her spirit and ask it for forgiveness.
On his third vigil, Martha appeared to him. She hugged him close and told him she never stopped loving him.
They watched the stars together, waist deep in snow.
Back in the village, there were family dramas among the living too. Elizabeth Baker simply couldn’t get along with her future daughter-in-law. Both women wanted very much to become good friends, but Elizabeth kept saying the wrong thing and making Dorothy feel awkward.
Together they went to see the High Forester to see what he could do.
James gave the women a potent friendship elixir, which worked perfectly.
Rhoda was proud of her old apprentice’s progress.
Not long after, Dorothy’s own mother passed away.
The Farmer girls now had no parents left alive. Everyone rallied around to support them.
In the middle of spring, the first rains came to melt the snow.
Arthur Gardener and Matilda Farmer agreed to marry when the fertility festival arrived. They have never experienced strong romantic feelings for one another, but they have been best friends for a long time and believe both they can build a strong, loving marriage together.
With her older sisters both promised to sims with family businesses of their own, Eleanor prepared to take over running the farm.
Rhoda, Elizabeth, and Jacob all passed away.
Everyone was sad to have lost such beloved sims, but at least the worst of the cold was behind them now. The ice on the lake had melted, and Richard and Thomas were able to fish again. Richard hadn’t though he would live long enough to make another trip like this with his son.
That evening, the Fishers traded some of their catches for bread, cheese, and pickled vegetables, and invited the other Foresters to share their fire.
Steven Cook somehow managed to burn his dinner.
The next morning, Arthur and Edith Gardener took in the first harvest.
The newly abundant land meant it was time to celebrate the spring fertility festival. Dorothy, Matilda, and Eleanor Farmer decorated their hair with flowers, and Steven Cook served sweet treats sprinkled with cinnamon.
Richard Fisher and Harold Cook both paid court to Eleanor Farmer, but in the end Harold won her over with a serenade and breathtaking first kiss.
Steven and Dorothy were at last able to marry. They vowed to honour and cherish one another, and Dorothy, taking Steven’s family name, pledged to help him in all his duties, while he promised she would always have a home with him.
A few hours later, Arthur and Matilda exchanged the same words.
Edith was happy she’d lived to see her son marry.
Steven and Dorothy Cook were declared King and Queen of Love, and led everyone in a dance until the rain became too heavy.
On her first morning as one of the Cooks, Dorothy learned how to bake bread.
Her sister Matilda couldn’t make a start on her carrying out her new responsibilities so soon, because the snow had returned and the plants had gone dormant again.
But the Gardeners still made her feel at home. They even invited her sister Eleanor to share breakfast with them so that she wouldn’t have to eat alone.
Richard and Thomas went fishing.
The changeable weather created a beautiful double rainbow.
At last the snow melted again, and Matilda was able to learn to garden.
Dorothy and Steven discovered they were expecting a baby.
Her sister Eleanor married his brother Harold. He took her family name and a share of her duties.
Thomas was a little jealous.
His loneliness was compounded later that day when his father passed away.
On the last morning in spring, Dorothy went in labour. It was James’ first delivery and he certainly wasn’t the serene, reassuring presence Rhoda had always been.
But Steven and he managed to get Dorothy inside, where she gave birth to Edward Cook, the first of the next generation. He rolled the grumpy and brave traits.