The residents of Honeycomb Valley grew more and more excited by the day when March rolled around. March meant it was finally time for the long awaited Honeycomb Valley Athletic Festival in which local and foreign residents of all ages would compete in various sports.
Day 1: Arrivals of the foreign athletes
Mayor Henry had asked Honeycomb Valley’s
biggest busybody most social resident, Patty, to welcome the foreign athletes to Honeycomb Valley and show them around town.
Patty being Patty took this job very seriously and dressed in the Honeycomb Valley’s town colours of orange and white, headed to the bus station early that March morning.
It was a good thing she left home early, because the bus from Bimlico was early as well and pulled in just as Patty arrived.
If any of the Bimlico residents was startled by the chattering blob of orange welcoming them to town, they didn’t show it. Instead they gracefully shook Patty’s hand and nodded their heads when she told them where the hostel was and that she would be there at 2:30 to start the tour around town.
Next, the bus from Sandy Valley arrived. Annie must have been surprised when this lady-in-orange welcomed her with two kisses on the cheek but she didn’t say.
(I was surprised, Annie and Patty had never met, but Patty greeted her with kisses. I’ve only seen this happen one time before and it was when Jacqueline greeted someone in Champs les Sims. It was like she knew Annie was originally French!)
Molly Hayes had not been on the bus from Bimlico. Luke and Susie had driven to Bimlico to pick up Molly’s horse Butter in the trailer, and Molly, not wanting to leave her horse with strangers, had been allowed to join them on the drive back.
Luke had also picked up Prince Noir from Sandy Valley a day earlier.
Now that Molly had seen her horse was going to be well taken care of during their stay in Honeycomb Valley, Susie took her to the hostel where she’d be staying too.
Here, the athletes from Sandy Valley were already getting acquainted with the athletes from Bimlico. Allison seemed very interested in Billy..
At 2:30 exactly, Patty gathered everyone in the lobby of the Rainbow Hostel to start her tour of Honeycomb Valley. “Make sure you keep an eye on me!” she told them. Well, Patty, you’re pretty hard to miss…
Molly was happy and excited to be here, even if she had to go on a tour with a lady in orange.
The first stop on the tour wasn’t a pub though, it was the City Hall. Patty shouted a bit of Honeycomb Valley history at the guests, but not everyone seemed interested.
Then, the group walked to the Parks of the Separated Sisters.
This story proved to be a bit too scary for Billy, who passed out. (He said it was because it was boring though, but I think he was just a bit of a coward 😉 )
Molly was still very happy and excited.
And Annie got totally caught up in the story.
Once the story was over, the group walked to the underground station to travel to Bumblebee Quarter.
Once there, Patty told them a bit about the history of this part of town, after which she left them to their own devices.
Ofelia immediately started mocking Erika. Don’t let her get to you too much, Erika, she can’t help it…
Rémi quickly found The Bumblebee and was so happy, he had a dance with bargirl Veronica.
Jérémy never even went along on the tour. For him, part of the whole purpose of coming to Honeycomb Valley was so he could hang out with his Sophie. They met in the playpark, where Esme and her cousin Isa were also hanging out.
This was unfortunate for our lovebirds, because Esme obviously immediately interfered in their rendezvous.
Thankfully, they were able to shake her off and spend some time together.
Day 2: The Honeycomb Valley Run
The next morning marked the start of the festival. The very first event would be the Honeycomb Valley Run. A run divided over three distances for three different age groups. The children, 5-11 years old, were up first. As you may remember from the apple bobbing at the last day of school past June, Ellie is very competitive and she was determined to win this run today. She got up early to make sure she was well prepared and finished her breakfast before her sister had even started.
Lots of people gathered for the opening of the festival. It was still quite cold this early spring morning, but hopefully the weather would pick up.
Mayor Henry opened the festival and introduced the judges/referees for the coming events:
Amelia Ward, professional swimmer, would judge swimming.
Dylan Stevens, professional football player, would judge football and basketball.
Christopher Brown, professional football player, would judge football and martial arts.
Luke Bennett, professional rider, would judge the equestrian event.
The rules of the event were as follows:
* Professional athletes are not allowed to compete in the sport they specialise in, but are allowed to compete in other sports.
* Any form of favouring of family members or loved ones by judges will be punished with a substantial fee.
* All sports will be played out as individual matches. This means that, even in team sports such as football and basketball, the games will be played by shootouts/contests between two sims.
* Any athlete caught cheating will immediately be disqualified.
* Walking out of a match for whatever reason will be considered forfeiting the game and the athlete in question will not be allowed to re-enter the match.
Then, the children gathered at the start for their run.
The run for the little ones wasn’t very long, it stretched from the stadium, down the hill, to the corner at City Hall and then back up again to the stadium. So after about a half hour, the children were appearing again, heading for the finish line. Who would win it…?
Once all the kids were in, it was the teens’ turn. Jérémy was the first foreigner to participate in an event.
The teens had to run a bit further and soon the distance between them grew. When Trisha was still on her way to the corner where they had to turn back, Jérémy was already on his way up again.
After 48.08 minutes, the first runner made it across the finish line. It was Ruby!
She was followed by Logan and then Jérémy.
Ellie seemed to think it was only right she won gold.
Jérémy wasn’t too bothered about this medal. After all, he came to win one in martial arts!
When the evening started to fall, all participants over 18 gathered at the start. It was a big group! Mary seemed very determined!
There they went! Abbey started off at slow pace.
Andrew was very fast! He was already at the fire station…
…when the others were still making their way down the hill.
And when the others arrived at the firestation, Andrew was already at the beach…
It was no wonder Andrew was the first to cross the finish line, with a time of 46:06!
Lillian was very proud of her husband!
While Andrew was already putting on his coat, the rest of group had finally made it to the beach.
The race for second place was to be more exciting than the race for first. In the end, it was Evelyn who came in second, at 1:23:45.
And Mary was third, at 1:24:20.
Then the rest of the group followed quickly. Abbey was last, because she walked the entire way.
Of course, the winners of this run also got a medal. Mary was very excited about hers!
And so, the first event of the festival had taken place and everyone went home excited for what the next days would bring!
It was a lot of fun to play the run. It really was all fair, all the runners started at the same time. But sims will be sims, so along the way, some stopped for a bit because there was another sim in front of them. Eventually they all continued. It was good to see Ellie win, even though she’s a blob of pixels, I really think she wanted this ;). Andrew was a HUGE surprise. He really was MILES ahead of the rest. And I hadn’t given him any other instructions! He just ran faster. Afterwards, I found out he has 10 athletic skills, probably from all those water sports he did in Isla Paradiso. Abbey made me laugh. I had told her to “jog here”, just like the rest of the group, but she refused to run. She just kept on walking, no matter what I did. It was probably a glitch, but it was funny regardless. Abbey doesn’t run. Hmmm, not sure this is a good quality for a cop…