October 04: Is it Scary…? (Part 2)

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Halloween at The Beehive

For children, the scary part of October is the BEST part of October! And at the primary department of The Beehive, each class had its own way to celebrate autumn and Halloween.

Naomi and her class 2 had an afternoon of pumpkin carving.

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First they had to empty the pumpkins and then they could, carefully, carve them.
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Riley was the only one of the group to decide on carving a traditional Jack-O-Lantern. Nick wanted to make a silly one, Ruth opted for a cat and Nathan decided to created a ghost lantern.

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In the end, Riley was the only one who succeeded. But no matter, we all had fun right?

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While class 2 was carving pumpkins, Eva gathered her class 1 kids in the hallway to go on an autumn walk in the park.

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Before long, they arrived.

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They did some raking…rake

…and found a squirrel…squirrel

…and obviously Ellie had to give Isa a scare…

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After about an hour or two, they all sat down to have a picnic. They were even joined briefly by Megan Knight who was very interested in what they were eating.
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Lucy‘s class 3 had the afternoon off, because for the eldest pupils of the primary school, a special event had been set up. They got to come to school in the evening all dressed up!
Joshua and Miriam Edwards almost hadn’t been allowed to go, father John feels a celebration like Halloween is so very heathen and he didn’t want any children of his to be a part of it, but Lucy assured him no satan worshipping would be going on and big sister Martha gave her father a piece of her mind too. It was just a children’s celebration! In the end, John caved, but there was no way his children could dress up as witches or ghost pirates. So, Miriam went as a tiger, and Joshua as a hotdog.

First, the group had a very scary dinner…Spooky dinner

…Then, Lucy told a ghost story… (Shhh… We’re not telling John…)

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…and they had their picture taken…

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And then it was time for the best part of the night; Trick or treat-ing! The school had send out letters to all the residents of Orange Blossom, Honeycomb Valley’s main residential area, to ask them to put out a lit pumpkin this night if the class 3 were welcome to ring their doorbell. And yay! Lots of people did!Trick or treat

At the Wyler residence Patty had gone all out!

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At 22:00 the kids and their teacher arrived back at school with lots of candy in their pockets. It had been a great night!

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Esme’s plan

The last days of October marked the start of a week long autumn break for the kids and teens of The Beehive.
Esme had a great plan for the start of these holidays! She called up her friend Martha to invite her over and discuss the details.

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Pretty soon, Martha arrived and Esme told her friend all about her plan: let’s invite the whole class and camp out for a night in the woods! We’ll bring some music and build a fire, it’ll be scary, but awesome!

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Martha agreed. Well, her father would never agree to let her go, but who cares! She’d just sneak out! And so the girls immediately picked up their phones to call their classmates.

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Aiden was in, Jeffrey was in, Sophie was in, Ruby was coming, Finn was obviously going to be there, Esme asked her sister face to face and when Rachel heard Sadie was going, she agreed to come too.call

And so, they gathered in the woods that night. Of course, Esme and Finn were immediately all over each other again, which made Rachel wonder why she agreed to come…

To understand what’s going on between Esme, Finn and Rachel; read the story of Camp Windiwell 03 here)

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“Oh leave them be”, Sadie told her best friend. “I’ve moved on and forgave her, Rach, I think you should really try to move on too…”

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All Rachel could think was that it was easier said than done and how she had always loved Finn more than Sadie had, but she said nothing and welcomed a hug from her best friend.

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It was a fun night. They built a fire, had a dance…

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… sent texts to romantic interests in foreign countries….text

… And Esme and Finn had lots of making out sessions…

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I was starting to wonder if Esme hadn’t planned this whole night just for her own benefit, and when I saw her entering a tent and Finn following, I knew I was right…

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Right… Let’s hope Rachel wasn’t near that tent…
Meanwhile Jeffrey and Sadie tossed a ball around.

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A few hours later, everyone had found a tent to sleep in. Although, in Esme and Finn’s tent there wasn’t much sleeping going on it seems….
Sophie was being tough and decided to sleep outside. But maybe this was just so the beeps of her phone when her texts came in wouldn’t wake anyone else up…

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Halfway through the night however, it started to hail. This was too much for Sophie.

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She quickly went for cover in Martha’s tent.

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Yes, Sophie, nights are certainly getting colder. It’s getting close to November, after all…

Also this October…

Look, it’s Miss Anna, all packed. Where is she going, you wonder? Anna is going abroad for a year. What about Matthew, you wonder? Why? What about him? He has a nanny, doesn’t he…?
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October 04: Is it Scary…? (Part 1)

There’s many scary moments in life; Leaving high school, meeting the guy you might marry, a first date, telling someone how you feel about them, your first driving lesson, taking things to the next level with your boyfriend, and, of course, the great October festival that is Halloween. October in Honeycomb Valley involved all of these scary things. Let’s start at the beginning…

Rebecca

You wouldn’t know by the way Rebecca prepared the family breakfast that morning that this was actually a very special day for her: Today was Rebecca’s 18th birthday. Even more special was the fact that today would be Rebecca’s last ever day of school. According to the Honeycomb Valley school system, children and teens are required to attend school until the age of 18. Once they turn 18, school is no longer mandatory, although you don’t get to officially graduate until 20.
However, Rebecca’s parents felt that a woman’s place is in the home, not in school, so it was decided Rebecca would leave school the day she turned 18. Since Rebecca never really enjoyed school, she didn’t mind this decision at all and actually felt quite happy that morning making her family breakfast.

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After the 6 eldest children of the Edwards family had left for school, Amy and John sat down and waited for their guests to arrive.  John’s friend, fellow vicar Jeremiah Brown from the town of Bonnie Brae was to come and visit with his wife Agatha and their youngest son, the 19 year old Ben…

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And there they were!

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If you think this visit was a mere social call, you’re mistaken… John and Amy wanted to meet Ben, because John felt this would be a suitable match for his eldest daughter. After all, a grown woman should marry and produce offspring and naturally the spouse needed to be someone John approved of…
Now, he wouldn’t force Rebecca to marry Ben, that would be old fashioned. But at least he did his job of finding her a suitable option.

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Amy would never tell John this, but she cared more about whether Ben was a nice guy than whether he was “God fearing”. So while John was discussing the church with Jeremiah and Agatha, Amy took her possible future son in law apart to get to know him a bit better.heart to heart

It turned out Ben was indeed a nice guy and Amy felt reassured.

At 15:00 that afternoon, John headed to school to pick up his daughter and officially take her out of school. Elliot said he was sad to see her go, although I think he actually had seen this coming…
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After this official business, John and Rebecca went home where the whole family celebrated her 18th birthday. Happy birthday Rebecca! You’re an adult now! It’s scary, but lots of people do it every day!

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We’ll check back with the Edwards family later!

Luke

Rebecca wasn’t the only one having a birthday this October. Luke also got a year older. With all the work at the ranch, he didn’t have time for a big party, but there was one person he wanted to ask for a cup of birthday coffee… So, he sent her a text…
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The recipient of said text was just having a cup of tea on the rooftop terrace with her mother…

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Nancy, wondering what made her daughter smile like that, curiously asked Susie what that text was all about. “Oh, it’s Luke”, Susie said. “He wants me to come for a cup of coffee since it’s his birthday soon… I think he likes me…”Receiving the text

“He’s Kyra’s riding teacher, isn’t he?” Nancy said. “You’re lucky, Suse, he’s a very nice guy!” But Susie wanted none of that.
“Mum! He’s much too young for me, he’s only just 20 (he’s 24…) and I’m nearly 40! (she’s 35..)

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“There is absolutely no way, mum, no way.”no way

Her mother disagreed though. “You’re not ‘nearly 40′, Suse, you’re 35. And besides, it’s just a cup of coffee, no one is saying you have to start a family with him!” (Although Nancy secretly would LOVE to have more grandchildren 😉 )it's just coffee

Susie then decided to go to her favourite thinking spot by the waterfalls to think things over and to draw.

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Yes, he’s young… He’s also cute… But he’s SO young… It is only coffee though…
And so, after a lot of thinking, Susie decided to send Luke a text saying she would meet him later that afternoon for some coffee… A bit scary, but hey, it’s just coffee…

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Luke was delighted to see her!

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He was also very happy with the gift she brought him; a drawing of his horse Spider.

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And so, Susie and Luke had their coffee.

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Luke… You’re staring…

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You’re staring Luke…

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You’re still staring Luke… *sigh*

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Rebecca

A week after her birthday, Rebecca put on her special sunday dress. Her parents had told her she would meet Ben today, the boy her parents felt was a “suitable match”. Rebecca was very scared. She never felt comfortable around strangers and she felt especially uncomfortable around boys, but even her mother said Ben was nice, so maybe it wouldn’t be so bad…

The first person she met was Ben’s dad Jeremiah.

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And there was Ben. Well, he had a nice smile, at least…

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Ben was very talkative, while Rebecca still felt very nervous.

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Ben had planned to spend some time alone with Rebecca as well and took her out for a picnic.Beccas picnic

He even arranged for them to take a boattrip. Awww…. Rebecca was starting to feel quite comfortable with this boy…

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Sadie’s driving lesson

In Honeycomb Valley, the age to start driving lessons is 17. Though some teens wait longer, most are eager to start. This was certainly true for Sadie. So, she headed to Jake’s driving school to have her first lesson. Scary, but good scary!

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She turned out to be a natural!

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Luke

Luke needed a heart to heart with one of the horses. It turned out Raven was willing to listen.
“So, you see, I really like her. Really, REALLY like her. Do you think I should just ask her out? But I’m not sure she’s interested… You know what, you’re right, I’ll just do it!”

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And so he did. And much to his surprise (and mine), she said yes!
Well, actually, she said yes, because her mother AND sister had told her she could always go on one measly date. At least she would have a fun night out, right?
He had bought her flowers, that was a good start…

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But the next part of the date was bowling. Now, don’t get me wrong, bowling can be great fun, but for Susie the fact that Luke had chosen to take her bowling on a date, proved he was still so very young…bowling

Much to her surprise, Luke then took her to a building where he told her they had to use the lift… For a moment, Susie felt scared, he wasn’t going to hurt her, was he…? But she didn’t think he would, Luke was, after all, a nice guy.

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No, he wasn’t going to hurt her. Instead, she was pleasantly surprised to find he had arranged for a champagne picnic on the roof overlooking Bumblebee Quarter! Now, THIS was a grown up date…

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Luke then asked Susie to watch the stars with him…

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Aww, he’s just such a cutie…stars

He had even brought his guitar to serenade her… *swoon*. (It was actually some country folk song, but we’ll pretend it was a romantic ballad, shall we… Sims…)

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Then… Luke gathered all his nerves and told Susie how he had been having feelings for her pretty much since the day they met… And while he was on a roll anyway, he even dared to kiss her!

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Susie was left stunned for a moment and then told Luke she had to go… Leaving him alone on the rooftop, full of doubt…

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