While Ryan, Joshua, Zoe and Chantal were just starting their teenage years, for another group of friends those years were nearly over. Just the prom and graduation left, and then they would officially be young adults. But this prom tonight was something Seth, James, Daniel, Sarah and Jill were not looking forward to. Sure, Dan could dance with Sadie, but did you know The Hot Wings weren’t even allowed to play this year? Elliot had decided to hire a deejay and the boys were not amused. And then there was obviously the part where they would be a bunch of 19/20 year olds amidst lots of 12, 13 and 14 year olds. No, the prom wasn’t very appealing.
“So, why don’t we just, not go?” Sarah suggested. “I mean, it’s technically our last night as teens as we’ll graduate the next day. I for one would love to spend it with just us instead of at the lame prom. I was thinking, how about we just get together and camp out for the night?”
The others agreed with her and liked her idea of going camping together, although Daniel had to think of Sadie for a second. She wouldn’t be pleased having to spend her prom without him. But then again, she would probably understand, wouldn’t she?
“Ooooh!” Jill exclaimed, “You know what we should do then? We should go firewalking! I saw this documentary the other day about how in other cultures people go firewalking kind of like a ‘coming of age’ thing, like a rite of passage into adulthood. We should totally try that!”
The boys thought this whole “coming of age, rite of passage” mambo jambo was a bit out there, but walking on a bunch of hot coals did seem quite cool, so they agreed it would be kind of awesome.
Sarah and Jill told the boys they would take care of food for the night and went straight to Jill’s house to start cooking.
These two both love cooking and especially love cooking together. Their dream is to open a restaurant, or a bistro, or a pastry shop or any other food establishment together one day after university.
On his way to the woods where they would camp out, Daniel did stop by City Hall to see his girlfriend and wish her a great prom night. When he saw how beautiful she looked, he almost changed his mind.
Daniel had already called Sadie previously to explain the situation and while Sadie was of course understanding of him wanting to spent his last night as a teenager with his best friends, she also felt a bit sad since this would be her first prom with a boyfriend and now said boyfriend was not going…
While Sadie and Dan took their time for their goodbye, Rachel was getting agitated. Didn’t Sadie notice Finn was already going in?! She needed to be where Finn was so he could finally go ahead and start falling in love with her.
Jill and Sarah had not only provided food for the night, they also brought along flowers and a bunch of christmas lights to hang between the trees and set the mood.
When Seth and James had made a fire and Daniel finally arrived too, it was time for some hamburgers and hotdogs!
The fire needed to be big, so James added a bit more wood.
After a couple of hours of laughter and chats, they decided the time had come for this whole “rite of passage” firewalking thing Jill had been talking about.
She explained to them how it worked. In foreign exotic cultures, the boy or girl on the verge of adulthood would take a walk across the burning coals whilst being encouraged by loved ones. If he or she would make it through to the end, the others would cheer and congratulate them and then they would be considered to be an adult.
Afterwards a change of clothes would be necessary, because the soot from the coals would really make your clothes quite dirty.
James was the first one brave enough to take a firewalk.
Then Daniel had a go. He too seemed a bit fearful…
After this event and a change of clothes, even the boys had to admit, this firewalking thing did indeed have an effect and they really felt they had now left their teenage years behind them.
Time for pie!
After which Daniel told a ghost story. Only Jill and James listened though, because Sarah and Seth had a private moment.
He loves her. 🙂
It worked! And Seth thought that was pretty hilarious.
Sarah tossed a tube of something sparkly on the fire (no idea where she got that from, but okay…)
Then she tried to take a selfie with her boyfriend, but failed.
The had their private party for hours more, but around 4 they felt it was finally time to sleep, seeing how they did have a graduation to go to tomorrow. Jill went into a tent, but James and Daniel were tough and slept outside.
And Seth and Sarah… Well…
The next morning, Seth, Sarah, Jill and Daniel were all dressed and ready when James was still sleeping. He eventually woke up with a tan though!
The graduation of this class 6 (yes, Suzan aged up too, after all she too is part of this class even if she’s not part of the group of friends), was the first graduating class under headmaster Elliot. And so, he got to hold his first graduation speech too. For the class of his own son. He felt pretty good about that.
Elliot, being a bit more modern than Alice had been, had also decided the cap and gown thing was no longer necessary and the ex-students could come in their own clothes.
He gave a good speech, although I’m not sure everyone is paying attention.
Oh, and do you see Patty there, front row? James and Sarah are graduating, which means that after 22 years (when Eva first started school), Patty will leave the parenting committee. Don’t tell her, but everyone at The Beehive, including her eldest daughter, is secretly glad to see her go. She was walking around school like she owned the place…
Final picture of the graduates!
We wish you the best of luck in your adult lives, darlings!