The vast sea, dark, mysterious and so alluring. Living close to it gave Bill Fisher a sense of belonging, it made him feel very small and part of something great at the same time. He missed the days out at sea, but fishing close to home was still enough satisfaction to get him through the days. Like everybody in Castle Keep, he worshiped the Watcher, but secretly he didn’t believe in all those superstitious nonsense, what he believed in was the power of nature, the power of the great sea.
Anne wasn’t a great believer either, she got up every day at the crack of dawn to ride to Aesculapius’ Health Center where she would work long hours curing sims from all kind of diseases. Their loved ones prayed to the Watcher to heal them, but Anne’s logic mind knew that it was only medicine that would make a difference. Of course, she kept all those thoughts to herself, she wasn’t a fool to think that her rationality would be accepted in Castle Keep.
In spite of having a passionated relationship, time passed by without the Fishers having any children. There was not a party or gathering they attended where it wasn’t brought up in conversation amongst their friends and relatives. It was all in well-meaning, they would jokingly ask what was going on between them. Anne and William longed for a child, but it was true that it was odd that Anne hadn’t been able to get pregnant yet. William would go about his daily business and not talk very much about it, but it had crossed his mind that maybe they just weren’t able to conceive.
Anne suffered immensely from the comments about not having any children, she didn’t see them as well-meaning jokes, rather as personal reproaches. She knew that everybody secretly blamed her and her Camerinian heritage, it was yet another thing to add to the list of things that made some sims dislike her. Still, she worried, she knew that working a lot could impact the chances to get pregnant, but really she loved her job and they couldn’t afford her quitting her job. It didn’t help that her working days and Bill working nights gave them little time to be romantic with each other. The only way she could put away all the negative thoughts was by training Sim Fu and focusing on her discipline. Apart from that, there was little she could do.
One fortunate night, when they had gone to bed after William came back from work late at night, Anne woke up in the middle of the night not feeling very well. She had to rush out of the bedroom, down the stairs to the bath where she hurled out everything her stomach contained into the toilet. After some time she felt a bit better and could go back to bed, she didn’t want to worry Bill so she didn’t wake him up. When she crawled back under the covers, although a bit worried she was sick, she deeply hoped she was pregnant.
“It must be that way,” she thought just as she fell asleep.