For two of Honeycomb Valley’s young adults, June 04 marked a new beginning.
In May, Lucas‘ granddad Eugene had passed away. Sure, Lucas was sad for a while, but hey, granddad had been old, he’d lived a good life; these things happen.
However, it was quite sad for grandma Phyllis. She missed her husband and on top of that was getting more and more forgetful. Quite often the phone rang and on the other end would be a neighbour who had seen Phyllis wandering aimlessly around town again. To Lucas’ dad Thomas it was clear that his mother simply could not live alone anymore. So, Thomas and Lauren sold their house to move in with Phyllis. Since Lucas was still living carefree at home, the move meant he was moving too.
After just a week with grandma though, Lucas felt the walls closing in around him. Sure, he loved her, and yes, it was still fun to watch cookingshows with her, but now he was living with three old people and that was just too much. So Lucas decided it was finally time to find his own place.
He went down to the real estate office to have a chat with estate agent Leonard.
They met in front of an apartmentbuilding called “The Art Apartments”, because of their colourful art canvaseson the outside of the building.
Leonard took Lucas up to the penthouse. A one bedroom apartment. Not very big, but very hip and happening!
Susannah (Susie) Watson had been away from Honeycomb Valley for years. Yes, she visited sometimes, but had been living in Bridgeport for the past 9 years. She missed her parents though, and her sister Lucy, and Lucy’s kids, especially her niece Kyra, and the green hills, and horseback riding, and many other things. But in the city she had Craig. The love of her life. Or so she thought…
For years, Susie had devoted her entire being to pleasing Craig, hoping to one day marry him and start a family. When she turned 30 she started to worry a bit though. She had always dreamt of having a big family, but that meant she had to get started soon… She turned 31… And then 32… and 33… and 34… And still no marriage and no babies… But she still had Craig! Her strapping lawyer man! For him she did anything. Even put her dream of having a big family aside. Along with her dream of opening a shop where she could sell her pottery (she got a job as a journalist instead) and along with passion for horseback riding.
But it seemed that Craig felt… differently… Despite promising Susie they would start that family one day, he turned out to be more interested in what was under his coworker’s skirt…. (for more info on Craig and Susie, see Susie’s bio)
And that’s how Susie suddenly found herself pushing 35, single and homeless. The only thing to do was move back home where her mum obviously welcomed her back with open arms.
The next morning, Susie visited her sister’s house. Lucy wasn’t home yet, but Kyra was overjoyed to see her aunt. Since Kyra shares her passion for horses with her aunt, she immediately suggested going down to the ranch. She couldn’t wait to show Susie how well she could ride.
Susie got introduced to Kyra’s brilliant instructor Luke first.
And then Susie and Luke watched Kyra ride.
After the visit to the ranch, Susie took Kyra back home.
By this time, Lucy was home as well and she was very happy to see her little sister. She did feel bad for the circumstances though…
To cheer her sister up a bit, Lucy prepared Susie’s favourite meal: Sushi!
After the meal with her family, Susie knew that even though her heart was broken, it was time for a new beginning.