In the next few weeks there were more and more people all over town who tried on their ice skates. This was not without reason! At the end of the month there would be an ice skating event on the canals! Lots of people, such as Lexie, wanted to gain some skills before this day.
Two and a half weeks into January there was something buzzing at The Beehive. Someone, in some class had the idea to visit the lake at the waterfall this afternoon. Apparently it was frozen over. That hardly ever happened! So the news went round and more and more people adopted the plan to visit the lake after school that afternoon.
It sure was busy!
Groups of friends, parents with young children, couples, it almost seemed like everyone was there!
Seth was being very careful…
…but he still needs a bit of practice…
The highschool seniors, Seth, James, Daniel, Jill and Sarah, have been this group of friends ever since they were 5. Suzan is also a highschool senior, but she has always been part of a different “group” and is quite a different type of person anyway. But these five have been friends (and as we all know, in some cases a bit more than that) for ages. This year is the last year they’ll enter as teens, as they’ll all graduate high school this June. But it’s not June yet, it’s January. And after the afternoon on the ice, this group of friends decided to spend a bit more time together and go out for pizza.
After pizza they also went to the cinema. Seth had to go home though, which was too bad.
It was very quiet in the cinema. Probably because it was so cold outside.
When they chatted for a bit after the movie, Daniel seemed very distracted by his phone…
The Ice Skating Contest
On the last saturday of January it was time for the Ice Skating Contest on the canals. We meet Daniel again, as he and Sadie had agreed to meet early that morning on the playpark halfway between their houses, before going to the canals. Whatever it was between them was still just between them (well, and Esme and Martha, who saw them kissing on NYE and obviously Rachel, who Sadie had already told, but hey) and so they still met in secret.
Daniel was so happy even, he felt his dream came true. Awww…
(Isn’t this just the cutest moodlet?)
Dylan and Amelia, being the town’s most “famous” sports personalities, were going to judge the event.
Soon, lots of people were skating. Some really good, others not so much, but at least everyone was having fun.
Meanwhile, I caught a certain young lady destroying a snow angel by the side of the canal… Oh Ellie…
The scores are in! People gathered in front of the pancake house to hear Dylan announce the winners…
In the category “Best spin”, the winner is…
Luke Bennett! For both his skill and the fact that he wasn’t distracted by people falling all around him.
In the category “Best backwards skating”, the winner is…
Ruby Murray! For daring to skate backwards even on busier spots of the canal and doing so without bumping into anyone!
And finally,in the category “Best couples spin”, the winners are…
Winners group picture time!
In the midst of all this business, Sarah pulled her cousin apart.
“Look Dan”, she said, “I have to ask you. You’ve been acting a bit… weird lately. You’re so distracted and sometimes we just can’t reach you at all. I was beginning to get worried, but earlier this afternoon I saw you talking to Sadie on the bridge and I couldn’t help but think, is there something going on between you two…?”
Well, what’s a boy to do when asked so straight forward… So yes, Daniel confirmed there was indeed “something” going on between him and Sadie.
“So”, Sarah asked, “is she your girlfriend now?”
“No… I mean, I don’t know… We haven’t really talked about it…”
“Well, do you want her to be your girlfriend?”
“Yes, I really do…”
“Then make it happen! And no more of this secretkeeping!”
Sometimes, Sarah can be a bit like her mother…
But Daniel appreciated his cousin’s advice and was glad he no longer had to hide.
There was only one thing left to do:
“So I guess what I’m asking is… do you want to be my girlfriend?”
Of course she wanted that!
And with that, the first month of 05 was over. Well nearly….
On the last day of January there was a little surprise at the Bennett household: Spider and Snow became parents to a little foal! Awww! His name is Cinnamon and Susie couldn’t be happier.
Bring on February!