Something Old … Something New

Annie floated on her back for a long time, staring into the bright blue sky and trying to collect her thoughts. The events of the past few days flew around in her head like small birds with no place to land.

  It all started a few days ago with a bizarre phone call.

Someone that she had never met died and had bequeathed a large sum of money to her.

It had a very odd caveat.

In order to inherit the money, she must get married.

Before she could even fully consider it she had blurted out her agreement. 

Married? What was she thinking when she had agreed to that.

She did not even have a boyfriend!

Not even anyone who was close to being a boyfriend!

She did ask a few of her friends for advice

Some were bright and encouraging, saying that as pretty as she was she could find somebody easily!

Others were hesitant to get involved, being very tightlipped about the situation!

And some gave advice that was,


for the birds.

She knew she was going to have to talk to her father about this.

Maybe he would have some good advice.

Nervously approaching her father she revealed her secret.

Aubie was quite surprised and rather shocked,

to be honest, he wondered why his little girl had said yes to such a preposterous idea.

Annie explained her rationale.

The truth was that she would love to have the money to help make life more comfortable for her & her father.

She had long wanted Aubie to move onto her farm and build him a small home there.

Plus having an extra hand around the farm wouldn’t be a bad thing at all!

By the time she mentioned grandchildren, Aubie was sold!

Aubie would love a grandchild.

Aubie offered, “Have you thought about using a matchmaker?”

“A Matchmaker!

Dad really!

That is such an OLD fashioned idea.” Annie came back.

Aubie went on to explain, “We have a wonderful enchanter right here in the Bramblewood!

His name is Angus the Great and he is a powerful shaman who helped cure my dear Agnes when she was gravely ill.

He is a fearless a medium who intercedes to bring messages from loved ones who have gone on to the beyond.

A seer of many coming woes,

and a diviner of futures.

I know he can help you.”

Looking at her father’s happy face, Annie thought to herself, what can it hurt

and she agreed to go see Angus the Great.

Angus the Great lived in a bright little vardo nestled deep in the Bramblewood.

Despite the twinkle in his blue eyes, he was quite serious about his work.

With flashing lights, strange noises, and even a green ring of fire, he conjured up an impressive show for Annie.

Despite all the bells and whistles, Annie was still a bit skeptical of this self-proclaimed soothsayer.

“I have seen it,” he exclaimed,

“There will be a new thing in your life.




Yes, a happy marriage!”

Soon the silver-tongued mystic had her believing too.

Annie sighed as she munched her apple.

It has been three days and so far …

nothing new.

Just the same old prospects.

She began to wonder if she’d been flimflammed by the medicine man.

Absentmindedly getting up to throw her apple core away,

she ran smack into the most beautiful brown eyes she’d ever laid her eyes on.

Taking a shy look at the stranger, she thought to herself, well this is certainly something new!

This is an entry into the Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge for the month of January 2022

Time to vote …

Ready …

set …


If you like Aubie and Annie, you can read more short stories that feature them here:

The Vanquisher

Dad Trouble

Aubie’s Grand Idea

If you would like these simmies in your game, you can find them in the gallery.

The characters:



Angus the Great

Not to Hot (aka Nestor)

34 thoughts on “Something Old … Something New

    1. Thank you CT … my little flimflam man is pretty colorful and he was fun to play. These are sweet little characters And I have fun with them. I had a whole different plan but the game threw me a curve ball lol


  1. As always, i LOVE your photo captures, and I adore this story, a cliffhanger awaiting more more more. I love these characters and how their story develops with each month’s challenge, and.. it seems to me the super secret word of the day will be great for the next one too no?

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    1. Oh do mention … do mention! I am not above getting inspiration and guidance from readers! I also freely credit for those ideas. I don’t know how many times simoniona has built a lot that has inspired a story line for me. Lost count long time ago lol

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      1. I just thought that maybe the “something new” would be Angus himself, a new arrival to the neighborhood, and Aubie would see him like a flashy rival for Crumplebottom’s heart…with Angus, not giving a dime about a woman he doesn’t know…yet, he always could have a change of heart once he mets her, due to an accident with a love potion -\^.^/-

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    1. I just found your lovely comments in my spam folder and of course when I moved it out of spam WP ate it .. but ty so much for your sweet words .. I di have a few stories that are from my personal life ,, my fav is the short story Joe .. this lovely man got me started on my writing journey – yes he was very real!

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      1. Hi again! You’re very welcome. I was wondering if there is anything I did on my end that I shouldn’t have done? I’m new to this site so I’m still in the process of figuring out how it works 😅😬 Sounds like you found a Muse! I will have to read your short story 💕

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  2. I loved that Aubie referenced his “dear Agnes” because I was waiting for that! Lol! Annie is so sweet; I’m glad she found someone. (I can never get my sims to fall in love/get married before the deadline)

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