“As you may well know, we’re making a lot of progress in Honeycomb Hills. The underground station has been opened and Honeycomb University is up and running. Now we turn to the downtown area. There’s lots to be done there. A lot of derelict buildings still.
“And that’s where I need your help. We know a lot of these buildings are being illegally occupied by squaters and criminals. I think it’s of great importance to have a police force in place in Honeycomb Hills to get these people out and keep the peace. Three officers should be enough, but we do need them there permanently.”
Andrew listened to Henry and contemplated.
“So they would have to commute? Or can they live there? Many of my officers have families. How about education for the children?
Henry explained all the details and Andrew reluctantly agreed.
“I don’t think they’ll be happy, but I understand the issue at hand. I’ll find you three officers and get back to within a few days.”
With that, Henry thanked Andrew and they parted ways.
The next day, Andrew organised a meeting to explain the situation to the force.
“… And so, we’re in need of three people who can do this job and pretty much run the Honeycomb Hills department. Chances are, it’s going to be a whole, exciting new challenge and opportunity. If you wish to commute, a car will be provided. If you wish to relocate, you’ll get a compensation for any moving costs.
“I think there will be a lot of work to do. We’ll probably get to work with young people often enough, which can be quite exciting” Jack said.
Max felt differently.
“I don’t know… I have a family! Commuting every day will mean long days and I just don’t see us moving, how about my kids’ education? As far as I now, there’s no plans to build a school in Honeycomb Hills… Maybe the ones of us who don’t have kids should be going…”
“Oh, so just because I don’t have a family, I can go, is that what you’re saying?” Emmett retorted. “I have reasons to want to stay too, you know…”
Andrew felt there was something to set straight.
“Mayor Newman assured me anyone with a family will be well looked after. Max, you’re right, there aren’t going to be primary or high schools in Honeycomb Hills in the near future, but a schoolbus service will pick up any children and teens living there and take them to The Beehive every morning. I agree with Emmett, it shouldn’t just have to be the ones among us who don’t have families, that’s not fair.
Just sleep on it and discuss it with your loved ones. I’m afraid I do need to push you all a bit though, because I’ll need an answer within the next two days. We need three of you. If no one volunteers, I’m sorry, but I will pick someone myself…”
Jack Clark still felt optimistic and it was with this attitude he sat down with his family that same night and told them all about it.
Jack had thought his daughter would be hardest to convince, because she would have to leave her BFF Kyra behind, but much to his surprise, Holly was actually quite easily sold on the idea of moving to Honeycomb Hills.
“Oohhh, that will be great! I can have my own horse! I cán have my own horse, right? Just like Molly! And we’ll invite her over and then we can ride through the hills together!”
Her brother Aiden didn’t care either way.
Katie thought it would be a good career move for her as well, as she figured her boss would be pleased to hear it was her husband who offered to go “to the hills”.
And then there was Ryan. He didn’t agree with his father’s plans at all..
“But my friends are here! I will never see Joshua anymore, his parents won’t allow him to visit Honeycomb Hills, I’m sure. And Joel and I just started surfing lessons!”
‘And when will I see Zoe…’ he thought. But this was a thought he didn’t express out loud.
But his parents figured these were things that could be overcome… And so it was settled.
“Okay, Jack, you can tell Andrew we’re in!”
Later that night, at the Griffiths household, Zoe was doing her homework…
So Max thought this was the best chance he would get to discuss the issue with Annabel.
He figured he would start off with the positives and told Annabel about the opportunities the job would bring and the option to commute.
But Annabel wanted none of it…
She let Max talk a bit more, and then she had her turn…
“First of all, commuting? When will you be home! I can’t do the whole bed routine by myself, Max! And moving? Ellie on a schoolbus? Really? I’m sure she’ll get in trouble the first week and be banned and we’ll have to drive her every day after all. And we’ve just finished this house! We can’t do this, Max!”
Max told her he agreed and would definitely share these concerns with Andrew, but there was still a chance he would get picked anyway.
Annabel was quite worried…
Madison introduced the topic over dinner…
And continued on the couch after.
“I know I haven’t discussed it with you first, but there wasn’t really a chance to. Andrew and the mayor want to promote me to Chief of the Honeycomb Hills department, but we would have to relocate… I sort of already said yes though…”
Easygoing Alexis didn’t mind at all, she was just pleased for her girlfriend.
He was rather pleased by this call.
“Ah, that’s great. Yes. Yes, definitely. Thank you Jack, you’re a lifesaver. Madison is going too. Yes, I know. We’ll talk over all the details tomorrow. Okay. Thanks again, have a good night!”
When the kids had gone to bed, Andrew shared the good news with his wife.
“So I now have Madison and Jack who agreed to go, but if no one else comes forward, I’ll have to appoint someone and I’m really dreading that…”
“Maybe you should choose one of your younger officers to balance things out” Lillian suggested.
Two days later, and after an extensive conversation with Max, who had pretty much begged Andrew not to choose him (“it’ll cost me my marriage!”), Andrew decided to take his wife’s advice and picked…
Emmett wasn’t happy at all, since the whole reason he joined the police was to get close to Abbey. And while it had appeared he had a chance with her after the New Years Eve party, he really hadn’t gotten any further with her since. Having to move (or at least commute) to Honeycomb Hills now and not even working with her anymore would ruin his chances for good, he figured. But he couldn’t tell Andrew that, obviously. So he figured he might as well make the best of it…
“I won’t lie Chief, I was hoping you’d pick someone else. But I am a team player, so when do you need me to go?”
Andrew was pleasantly surprised by this professional attitude Emmett was showing.
It turned out Andrew needed Emmett to go rather soon, because only three days later, Jack, Madison and Emmett had their first job in Honeycomb Hills. None of them had obviously moved there yet, but the work couldn’t wait.
They met outside the old Stonehill police department.
Madison had been briefed and now informed her coworkers of the job at hand.
“See that house back there? With the broken columns and boarded windows? We have reason to believe that building is illegally occupied. After sundown we’ll enter and arrest the occupants. Now, I don’t know what we’ll find. The occupants might be hostile, but we will not use force unless we have to.
As darkness set in, they went on their way.
They pulled up quietly…
… and first inspected the building from the outside…
They then entered the building! It was clear someone had been staying here!
But whoever it had been, they were now…
And so, November came to an end. The winter cold was setting in and December was just around the corner. But more on that another time.