This is story of the Broke family, and how Brandi Broke came to be a young, widowed mother.
The Soldier's Wife
Dedicated to Those Who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Freedom.
Brandi Newbie grew up in the country town of Riverview, where in elementary school she met Skip broke and they became good friends. As they grew into teenagers, they fell head over heels in love with each other and then went steady. Brandi's parents, the Newbies - Bob, a journalist, and Betty, a music teacher, themselves fell in love as teens, so they understood when Brandi told them she was in love with Skip and wanted to marry him, however, Brandi's father had gotten a once in a lifetime opportunity as the assistant manager of the Sim City Times and they moved to Pleasantview. Brandi was heartbroken but Skip traveled an hour every weekend to visit her and slept on the Newbies' couch.
Her parents liked Skip, but Bob made sure that Skip kept his intentions with his daughter honorable. Skip's parents, Flat and Flo Broke, were what some would call rednecks; they were poor, worked part time retail jobs, but had more than their share of heartbreak and hardship. As difficult as things were for them, they tried to live the best they could and to lessen to pain of life, often throwing cookouts and parties at their home. Skip loved his parents, who raised him well despite of their shortcomings, but never liked growing up so poor in a trailer out in what he considered to be the boonies. He didn't like the stigma behind his name, and decided that he would work hard to change his destiny for the better - for both Brandi and himself. Skip was a hard worker, daring, and brave, so it wasn't surprising that he decided he wanted to make a name for himself in the U.S. Army.
- Bob Newbie and Betty Newbie, and their senior dog, Buddy.
- Flat and Flo Broke, and their old bloodhound, Roy.
When Brandi turned seventeen, Skip asked her father for her hand in marriage and her parents gave their blessing, but they would have to wait until she was eighteen and out of high school. That year seemed like an eternity but her eighteenth birthday arrived and they had a small wedding at the park by the river and a weekend honeymoon in Sim City. Soon after, Skip enlisted in the Army and they found that Brandi had gotten pregnant on their honeymoon. Nine months later, their marriage produced a son, Dustin. When Dustin was just three months old, Skip was stationed to Germany, where Brandi was a stay at home mom and homemaker. It was hard for Brandi to be so far from her parents but she knew that it would be likely that Skip would be relocated eventually. Because she loved him so much, she would follow him to the ends of the earth. As Skip's career would be the military and there was no wartime, they decided to hold off from having any more children while he was stationed out of Simerica. The years rolled by and Skip worked hard to provide for his little family. Brandi really missed being back home in Simerica and wanted to have more children, so he finally put in a transfer request to Sims City back home after nearly ten years of being in Germany. He had saved some money and when they moved back home, he was hoping to get into a little real estate on the side so he could one day buy a dream home for his family. Until then, they rented a little two bedroom house on the base and planned to go ahead and have another baby. A few months later, Brandi found out she was pregnant and they both were elated, well, make that three - Dustin, just turning ten years old, was beside himself at the prospect of getting a new sibling. Nine months later, Beau was born and their families couldn't be happier.
A few years rolled by and Skip began looking for some real estate opportunities. One day a fellow soldier approached him with an offer to start their own real estate business together. Skip and Brandi talked it over and and agreed that as long as he was cautious and everything was to be done equally and by the book, that it could be a good business venture for both parties. He checked and asked around about the soldier but couldn't find anything that would raise any red flags. So Skip put in a good chunk of his savings, 50,000 simoleons into the pot and his new business partner put in 20,000, promising the other 30,000 when his CD rolled over in the next six months. Skip told him, "Hold on, there's no way I'm going to wait that long for it, just give me the 50,000 back and when you actually do your end of the deal, we can talk." His new business partner said "Okay, I will go to the bank and get a cashier's check for you tomorrow." Skip reluctantly said okay but he was growing increasingly uneasy about the whole thing. He didn't want to think the guy would swindle him out of his money, after all he was a fellow soldier, but something was telling him he shouldn't have been so trusting of a guy he hardly knew.
The next afternoon, Skip kept calling his business partner but there was no answer. Skip grew increasingly nervous about it as he drove to the guy's house on the base. There was no one there and when he peered into the window, he saw that everything was gone except some trash on the floor and he realized he'd been duped. Skip angrily swore"Dammit!" as he punched the door. He paced back and forth, trying to gather his thoughts to think what he should do next. He got into his car and drove to the military police and filed a theft report. The fact that Skip had his business partner and him both sign a business agreement helped his case, however, the police lifted the business partner's prints from the contract and ran it through the database and found that he had been a suspect in a forgery and theft case several years before he joined the military but the case was dropped for lack of evidence. The military police put out an APB for the suspect and discovered Skip's business partner had in fact, went AWOL. Meanwhile, Skip had the military drive Brandi and the kids to her parent's house for their safety. Brandi was worried, but Skip assured her that the military police were on it and looking for the deserter and that it would be alright.
Later, the military police had contacted Skip to tell him the suspect was still on the run and that they didn't recommend he stay at his home until he was caught and had him come in to the barracks for the night. That evening, Skip was restless and decided to drive to the base's swimming pool for a swim to relax. Skip was a good swimmer and often went for a swim there in the evening before dark for exercise and relaxation. But what Skip thought was a typical evening swim, would turn into a tragedy. As Skip swam lap after lap, the darkness of evening fell upon him and so he got out of the pool and started drying off his head and chest under the dim floodlights. Unbeknownst to him, a dark shadow crept behind him stealthily and Skip was struck on the back of head with a heavy metal pipe. Skip let out low gasp as fell over unconscious into the pool. The attacker dropped the metal pipe with a loud bang and ran away into the night.
A nightwatchman a ways off heard the loud clang of metal echoing in the dim darkness and went to investigate. As he approached the direction of where he heard the noise, he looked around until he reached the pool area. He saw what looked to be a metal pipe lying on the ground near the pool. As he shown his flashlight over the pool, he saw a mass floating at the pool's edge that appeared to be someone there. " Hey! You there - are you okay?" he shouted as he walked closer. Nobody answered and when he stood under the flood lights, he saw that it was a man facedown in the pool. He grabbed his radio and yelled, "Man down at the pool, repeat, man down at the pool!!! Send Emergency personnel, stat!!!" He dropped the radio and his weapon holster and jumped into the pool and turned the man over and recognized him as Skip Broke. He noticed what appeared to be blood streaming in the water and he felt around the back of Skip's head for the wound and tried to put pressure on it. A few minutes later, reinforcement arrived and helped the watchman pull Skip from the pool and they proceeded to perform CPR. A couple more minutes passed and the base's paramedics finally arrived, took over, and whisked Skip away in the ambulance.
Back in Pleasantview, at Brandi's parents, there was a loud knock on the door around midnight and their dog Buddy started barking. As Bob got up, grabbed his pistol, he told Betty and Brandi to stay upstairs. Bob cautiously stood behind the door and asked "Who is it?" "United States Army, sir. We need to talk to Mrs. Broke." Bob's heart sank as he cautiously cracked the door open to see two Army personnel dressed in uniform. Bob said "Just a minute." and walked over to place his pistol on the kitchen table and then opened the door to let them in.
"Sir, we have some bad news to deliver. Is Mrs. Broke here?" Bob softly called out to Brandi, and as she came down the stairs, she saw what no Military wife wants to see: Two uniformed soldiers standing in their living room. She softly gasped as she stepped off the last stair, she grabbed the rail. "What's going on? Where's Skip?" she cried out. As her legs began to buckle under her, her father rushed to steady her. "Mam, we're sorry that we have to tell you that there was an incident tonight and your husband is deceased." "What?!!" She gasped. "No, no, no!!!" she wailed. "It has to be a mistake!!!" "We're so sorry, Mam. There's no mistake. Your husband has been positively identified." Bob asked, "What happened?" as he held Brandi. Betty came down the stairs with her hand over her mouth and stood next to Brandi. "Sir, it appears that he was attacked at the pool and drowned. We are now searching for the perpetrator. We believe that it was your husband's business partner. We don't know how he got past security. We had the base on lockdown until it was clear he had escaped. We are actively engaged in a manhunt and we're confident we will catch him." Brandi wailed, "No, Creator no! This can't be happening!" Brandi collapsed in her father's arms and Dustin came down the stairs rubbing his eyes asking, "What's happening? Mom, where's Dad?" Betty turned around and ushered Dustin back up the stairs and put him back to bed, telling him, "Dustin, go back to sleep, we'll talk in the morning." He resisted at first, but Betty calmly talked her grandson to sleep.
Downstairs, Brandi appeared to have fainted and one of officers rushed to help Bob move her to the couch. The other officer called for an ambulance and Bob rode to the hospital with Brandi. When Betty came down, one of the officers explained that Brandi had fainted but she was okay but they sent her to the hospital as a precaution with Bob. Betty wanted to wake up from this nightmare, she wanted to fall into Bob's arms and bury her head into his shoulder, but she knew she had to be strong for her grandchildren. The officer led her to the couch to sit down and asked her if she was alright and she shook her head yes. He explained that an armed officer from the military would be there soon to guard and protect them until the assailant was caught and in custody. He told them that they would be heading to Riverview when he and his colleague left to break the bad news of Skip's death. Betty bit her lip and said "I wish one of us could be there when you break the news to them. They're going to need someone there for them. Would Bob be able go there with you?." The officer told her that they would go by the hospital and see if Bob would go with them. Betty thanked them and asked if they could take some street clothes and his cell phone to him and they agreed. The officers left for the hospital as soon as the guard arrived. Brandi was in shock but in stable condition and she insisted that she was okay and for Bob to go with them. Bob changed into the clothes Betty sent to him and he headed out with the officers to Riverview.
To be continued...
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