Fae was enjoying experiencing another country, another culture and spending the time with Shawn. Shawn was pleasantly surprised when she had started strongly hinting at wanting to get engaged. It had been on his mind as well, but he hadn’t wanted to rush Fae.
They were at the village square and Kasim and Chioma announced that they were engaged. Kasim made Shawn promise that he would return for their wedding, and Shawn made Kasim promise that he would come to America for his wedding.
Kasim had laughed and agreed to go to America to attend Shawn’s wedding.
Fae smiled and told her that she hoped so.
Finally, order was restored and Seleka withdrew. The personnel at the reserve returned. Shawn and the other interns went back to the reserve too, and Fae went with Shawn. As they drove through the reserve to take a census of the animals, some of the interns were openly crying and others had tears in their eyes.
Seleka and the poachers had wreaked devastation on the elephant population. They had senselessly butchered more than 20 elephants for their tusks and callously left them to die in the Dzanga Baï. The reserve employees and loyal eco-guards like Mosi were even more determined now to ensure the safety and health of the remaining animals in the reserve. Now the government was firmly on their side and military troops would also help to protect the reserve against poachers.
The interns helped to get the reserve back up and fully functioning. Then their internship ended. Several of them including Kasim, Chioma, Dieudonne and Shawn were offered permanent positions at the reserve. Kasim and Chioma accepted the offer, but Shawn and Dieudonne declined. They both wanted to return to their home countries and use the skills that they had learned.
Now that travel was fully restored and Shawn had graduated from his internship, Fae and Shawn were going home soon. A couple of days before their flight home, he booked rooms at the same resort where his parents had stayed before they left Africa. They went site-seeing and shopping. While Fae got her hair done at a salon, Shawn went shopping alone.
That evening Shawn suggested that they go rent some horses from a stable that he had found and go for a ride. Fae eagerly agreed. They shared a love of animals and horses in particular. They rode through the surrounding area side by side and sometimes holding hands.
Fae looked at Shawn and smiled.
Fae smiled happily. “Yes, of course I will! I love you too!”
Shawn slipped the ring on her finger, and they admired it. Then Fae burst out laughing!
Shawn looked at her in surprise, and she laughed even harder.
“You should see your expression! I’m laughing because I planned to propose to you too tonight!”
Shawn’s mouth fell open in surprise, and then he laughed too!
“I know that it’s customary for the guy to do the asking, and I’m so glad that you did. I just, well you were so right about Africa. It just makes me feel so alive, and it’s true that it makes you see what is most important in your life. When I didn’t know what had happened to you, and then when I found out that Seleka had taken control of the reserve, I was so afraid for you, Shawn. I was scared that I had lost you, and I couldn’t bear not knowing. Then when I found you again, I realized that I didn’t want to waste any more time without you.”
“I know you do. I also know how cautious you’ve been with women since that disaster with Monet. I understand that completely. I also know how caring and considerate you are. Those are some of the special qualities that I love about you. I know that you didn’t want to rush me because it’s only been a few months since I broke things off with Martin. I did care about Martin, but it’s not anything like what I feel for you. For me, that marriage would have been a disaster.”
She paused and then continued.
“I had a lot of uncertainty in that relationship. I should have followed my intuition and broken it off long before I did. With you, I have no reservations, no doubts, no uncertainty. So that’s why I was going to propose to you. I know you just as well as I know my own family. We’ve seen each other at our best and at our worst. I love you with all of my heart, and I’m so happy that we’re going to be married!”
Shawn grinned. “Yeah, you do know me well! I was going to wait a few more months to ask you, but being here made me decide to do it now. Also those “subtle” hints that you were giving let me know that you are ready too!”
Both sets of parents were looking forward to the wedding and eager to get started with the wedding planning. Dale and Alissa already loved Fae, and Fae’s parents already felt the same about Shawn. They knew that Fae and Shawn were good for each other.
Shawn and Fae returned to Santa Fe and started their veterinary practice together. Because of his maturity level, Shawn’s parents gave him full control of his trust fund, and so he had what he needed to start his business and to live on comfortably until his business could support them.
They did not have a strict “30” year plan, but they did set some goals. They bought a rundown bank foreclosed property on the outskirts of town for a great price and totally remodeled it to their taste. It had stables for their horses as well as room to board horses that they were treating in their practice.
They knew that they wanted to have children, but they decided that they would wait a couple of years before starting a family. The time passed quickly and Shawn and Fae started trying to get pregnant.
Now they were home, and Shawn and Fae were happy and relieved that Madison and Shane were both thriving and seemed happy too. As he looked at his family Shawn felt deep contentment and gratitude, but his own twin Cara came into his thoughts. He wished that she was happy too.
Next is Cara’s storyline. Time will pass quickly for her too. Also, I am struggling with appropriate ages for the characters during the time spans. So I know I’ve probably messed those up. Please forgive me! ❤
More wedding pictures. I only had one game crash, but I held my breath trying to take these with so many Sims. I tried to add more Sims like Miki and Jamil, Niki and her family, but that’s when the game crashed. So I had to use just the ones that you see in the pictures. I had also wanted to add more that would be from Fae’s side of the family, but I didn’t want to take another chance on crashing my game before the wedding pictures were finished. I hope you still enjoy them! 🙂
Little flowergirl, Skylar Hall
Sweet ringbearer Logan Hall
Bridesmaids: Cindy Mayburn, Joy Stallworth, Kaylee Dean, Sharlee Hall and Cara Stallworth
Groomsmen: Aiden Stallworth, Devon Dean, Noah Hall, Kasim Magoro and Patrick Caldwell
In the front row: Fae’s parents Dorie and Gus Mayburn
Second row: Shawn’s Aunt Crystal and her boyfriend Angelo
Back row: Shawn’s grandparents Matthew and Kay Hamming
Second row: Shawn’s grandparents Valerie and Robert Stallworth
Third row: Shawn and Fae’s friend Chioma Magoro and his uncle Alex Stallworth
Fourth row: Shawn’s aunt and uncle, Leslie and George Dean
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