December 05: Come Together (Pt. 2)

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About the band…

While Jill had been talking to her brother, Daniel had also arrived home. Mum Claire was very happy to see him.

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They soon sat down with some coffee.

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“So, how’s uni, dear, how are you doing? And how are your friends?”

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“Uni is good mum. Hard work, but good, I’m having a blast. It’s a bit difficult being away from Sadie though. And as for my friends… well…

A week earlier…

One snowy morning, after a huge dorm snowball fight, James, Seth and Daniel were having a chat…49

“Guys.” James said, “About the band. I was thinking of looking for a new female lead. What with the three of us being here and Sadie being all the way in The Valley, we hardly get a chance to rehearse. I feel bad for her, because she’s great, but I think we should let her go.”
Daniel obviously did not agree, but tried to reason with James…

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“I see your point, but we haven’t really given it a shot, have we. I mean, let’s first plan a few rehearsal dates and see how it goes. We can’t just dump her, she’d be devastated!”

But James wasn’t amused by this response.

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“I knew you wouldn’t agree! Just because she’s girlfriend! We have to think about the band, Dan! It’s not about you and whoever you’re shagging, nor is it about how she feels! It’s about our future!”

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“Are you serious James…? This is how you want it to be?”

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“You really have no idea what it’s like to be in an adult relationship, do you James? You know what, if this is how it’s going to be, then maybe I shouldn’t be in the band anymore either!”

At this point Seth decided to step in…

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“I understand you’re upset, Dan, but don’t say anything you’ll regret…”

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“No! I’ve had it! I’m done! If this is how it’s going to be, count me out!”
And with that, Dan marched inside.56

“Can you believe him!” James exclaimed to Seth.
“Why, YES, I can actually James!” Seth retorted. “How can you just spring something like that on him? Do you know you’re basically asking him to choose between the band and his girlfriend? If you’d do that to me, I’d be gone too!”

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“Pfff, dramatic much? I’m not asking him to CHOOSE anything! Seems like I’m the only one here who actually CARES about The Hot Wings!

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“We might as well call it quits and I’ll just start a new band with people who have their priorities straight!”59

“And Seth told me that’s when James stormed off. The next day Sadie arrived and I haven’t talked to James anymore. I didn’t say anything to Sadie, since she was already a bit sad…”

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“Oh dear…” Claire said “Are you and James going to be okay? I mean, we are celebrating Christmas with them tomorrow…”
“I know mum, and I won’t pick a fight or anything. We’ll see how it goes…”

At that point Daniel was interrupted by a voice saying “There’s my boy!” Oliver was home.

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“Hi dad, how’s it going?”

Christmas at Patty’s

The next morning, Christmas day, Patty and Sarah were up early to prepare everything for the big Christmas dinner they were having that night.

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That afternoon, all the tables were set, all the food was prepared, and everyone was wearing their finest outfits. It wasn’t long until the family arrived. Seth, being Sarah’s boyfriend, was the first to arrive, soon followed by Oliver, Claire and Daniel. Eva, Patty’s eldest child, came last, along with boyfriend Jasper.

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Once all the presents were gathered and everyone had a beverage and something to eat, Eva had something she wanted to share with her family…

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“You know how all the lakes have frozen over? Well three days ago, Jasper and I went ice skating…”

Three days earlier…

Eva had been really surprised when Jasper asked her to come ice skating that morning. Knowing how clumsy she was, Jasper usually didn’t dare to take her out doing something like that. It was lovely though. They went up to the highest lake in all of Honeycomb Valley and it was completely deserted.

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After skating for a while, Jasper had another surprise for Eva: He had arranged a balloon flight over Honeycomb Valley! How exciting! Eva still remembered the balloon flight they had on their holiday to Monte Vista, a year ago. It had been a lot of fun and although this flight would be a lot colder than that one had been, it would most likely just as much fun!66

They had been enjoying the scenery for a while, when Jasper suddenly turned to Eva.

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“My darling Eva, a year ago we took a balloon flight in Monte Vista and it was right then and there I decided there would come a day when I’d do this. Because of my studies, it wasn’t the right time then, but it is now…”

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“What… what are you doing, Jas…?”

But as soon as she uttered that question, Eva realised what was going on!

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She was of course right!

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“Eva Wyler, love of my life…”

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“Will you marry me?”

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“YES!”

And so, Jasper and Eva got engaged.

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And now they could finally tell the family!

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“It was soooo hard not to call you all straight away! But we figured it’d be best to tell you at Christmas! The wedding will be in May! We’re telling Jasper’s family tomorrow, so shhhh!”

After Eva and Jasper’s big news, it was present time. Most gifts were very much appreciated.

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Then dinner was served. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

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After dinner, Seth and James had a chat.

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“It’s good I’m catching you alone man”, James said. “I’ve been meaning to talk to you. Did you know Jill and Narai are doing it?”
“Sarah might have mentioned something, yeah… How do you know?”
“Well…”

A few days earlier…

“…I had gone to your room to return that book I borrowed and when I walked out the door, I bumped into her…”

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“James!”
“Jill! Well, well, well… ‘studying’, were you?”

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“Uhm… Yeah… well… no… uhmm…”

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“Good for you, Jilly! Told you he liked you!”

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“Yeah, you did… thanks… I guess”

While James told Seth about his awkward hallway encounter with Jill, his sisters were having a chat of their own.

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“That’s so great, you’re getting married Eve! I’m so happy for you! And maybe a little bit jealous…”

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“Aww thanks, and don’t be jealous, your day will come. You and Seth still seem to be going well?”

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“Yes, he’s great. And we’re happy together. I really am lucky to have him.”

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“Good! And how about our brother? Has he found love yet?”

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“Love? James? No, our James doesn’t seem to be looking for love… But don’t you worry about him, he’s having a blast…”

“He’s picking up girls everywhere… At the record shop…”

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“…at the gym…”

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“And well, let me just say, I’m glad my room isn’t next to his, because he sure isn’t using it to sleep in!”

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“I do hope he’s careful though…”
“I do too, Eve”, Sarah sighed, “I do too.”

Meanwhile, James had noticed his cousin had gone outside and felt he had something to set straight with him…

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“Hey. Can I join you?”
“It’s your bench.”95
“Look Dan, I’m sorry… It wasn’t fair of me to spring this whole band thing on you… Seth and I talked about it afterwards and I see now how I put you in a difficult position with Sadie…”

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“It’s just… I care about The Hot Wings… And we were doing so well! And since we started Uni, it’s like… we’re losing it… I don’t want that… So I thought, maybe, if we have a new female lead, we’d be able to rehearse a bit more and just start things up again. But then Seth said The Hot Wings wouldn’t even be The Hot Wings without Sadie and if that means losing you too, then, well, what’s left then?”
“I care about the band too, James… And I don’t want to leave… I also really do get your point, I do, but can’t we just start looking for another solution before we start kicking people out? I mean, things have been a bit crazy since we started Uni, and maybe now that the first exams are behind us and we’re all settled in, we can find a way to make it work after all.”

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“So, we’re good?”
“We’re good, James”
And with that, the Christmas party had come to an end. Soon it would be January. A new year, with, undoubtedly, many new adventures!

P.s.

Meet little Louise Bennett! Born just a few days before Christmas! Susie and Luke couldn’t be happier!

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And meet Isaac Brown! Ex-Honeycomb resident Rebecca gave birth to her first child this December as well! Although her joy was slightly overshadowed by the fact her sister is of course still missing…99

December 05: Come Together (Pt. 1)

Ah, Christmas! The ultimate time for family gatherings and to reflect upon the events of the year gone by. For the residents of Honeycomb Valley and Honeycomb Hills this was no different. Yes, sure, a lot of things happened in December before Christmas rolled around, but at Christmas everything seemed to come together…

Home for the holidays

On the morning of Christmas Eve our students traveled back to Honeycomb Valley to spend the holidays with their families.
James, Jill, Seth and Sarah went together. Daniel took a later train with Sadie, who had spent the previous night with him in Honeycomb Hills.

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They hadn’t been back home since their move in October and the four friends really enjoyed seeing the familiar surroundings of “The Valley” again.

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At the corner of City Hall they said their goodbyes…

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…and went their separate ways.

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Seth and Jill continued on a bit further together and said goodbye at the busstation.

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“Merry Christmas Jill, see you in a few days.”
“Merry Christmas Seth, have fun!”

Seth’s family was clearly happy to see him! Mum Hannah and both his sisters rushed outside to greet him the moment he walked up to the house.

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Meanwhile, James and Sarah had also made it home. The were greeted by their dad.

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About an hour later, Daniel and Sadie were also back in Honeycomb Valley. Before going back to his parents’ house, Daniel, being the gentleman that he is, first took his girlfriend home.

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“Don’t worry lovely, it’ll be okay…”

Hmmm, to understand what that is all about, we should go back a couple of days…

A few days earlier…

After having only seen her boyfriend for a couple of hours every few weeks, Sadie was overjoyed school had finally closed for the holiday break so she could spend a few nights with him. Daniel was very happy to see her too.

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But when they got to his room, the sadness she had been feeling over the last few months, caught up with her again…

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“I miss you Dan… It’s really, REALLY hard to see so little of you… I know we text, and skype and all that, but it’s just not the same…”

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“I know… And I miss you too. It’s just hard with classes and that… You know I already failed an exam! I want to be with you Sadie, really, I do. I love you! But I need to get this right too…”

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“You’re right… I know you’re right… But I just sit there, back in Honeycomb Valley, missing you like mad…”
“Yes… I know you do… Well, how about I try to come down a bit more often over the weekends then, would that help?”
“Maybe… I’m sorry Dan… I know you try and I want you to do well here as well… I really do…”

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“It’ll be okay, sweet… We’ll work something out.”

After that the couple went ice skating and for a little while, everything was fine.14

And now they were back in Honeycomb Valley, determined to make their relationship work.

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“Merry Christmas Sadie, see you on boxing day”
“Merry Christmas Dan, all the best to your family”

Jill and Finn

The first person Jill saw when she walked into her childhood home wasn’t one of her family members, it was a girl she vaguely remembered as a new neighbour.

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“You must be Finn‘s sister!” She said.

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“Hi, yes, I’m Jill. You live next door, don’t you?”

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“Yeah, I’m Jada, Finn’s just upstairs, he should be down in a minute. And I’m going home soon. I’m Finn’s… uhm…”

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“Girlfriend.” A voice said. ” Hey sis, good to have you back.”

Jill was pleased to see her little brother too.

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While Jill went to take her coat off, Finn said goodbye to Jada.

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After pouring themselves some hot beverages, the Richardson siblings had a catch up…

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“So Finny, did I hear you say ‘girlfriend’?

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“Yeah” Finn grinned “She is.”

A few weeks earlier…

Despite sometimes kissing a little bit, Finn and Jada still weren’t officially a couple. And one cold early December day, Finn decided he wanted to change that. So, he asked Jada to the park, where they chatted for a bit while Finn gathered up the courage to ask Jada to be his girlfriend.

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After a while though, Jada decided it was time to go.26

“Let’s go Finn, I’m freezing my butt off here.”
“Wait! I just need to ask you something! Do you… Uhm… Do you maybe… Would you like to be my girlfriend?”

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“Of course I would!”

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“And so then she was my girlfriend” Finn smirked. “And then we went up to her house and w…”
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“WOAH! Stop!” Jill interrupted her brother. “I really don’t need to know what happened there!”

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“So how about you, sis? Anything new with you?”

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“Well, yes, actually…”

A few weeks earlier…

It was rather quiet at the dorm that morning. Most students were either at class, sleeping in or studying, but Jill had come down early to watch her favourite cooking show. When Narai spotted her watching TV all by herself, he decided to join her.33

“What are you watching?”

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“Hmm? Oh, just Menu Madness… This guy makes the tastiest dishes out of the weirdest combination of ingredients! It’s great!”
“It doesn’t look too good…”
“Just wait!”

And while Jill continued to watch her show, Narai (who was by no means a cook himself) kept chatting away to her. Jill only half heard what he was on about.

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But once the show ended, Narai had a question to ask, which he hoped she would hear.

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“Soooooo, I heard this new restaurant that just opened, Flavours, is quite the place to be! If you’re free tonight, maybe we can go check it out together?”

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“Sure!” Jill said “That sounds like fun!”

On so, later that night, Jill and Narai checked out Flavours, a fun, new, young restaurant, right there in Honeycomb Hills. With good food too!38

After dinner Narai took Jill skating on the ice skating rink at the square.39

“You know Jill… I’ve… actually liked you for a while now…” Narai said…

…and when they sat down on a bench to take off their ice skates…40

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“And we’ve been dating ever since!”

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“Wow! So is he officially your boyfriend now?”

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“I don’t even know! We have fun, but I don’t know if I’d call him my boyfriend yet…”

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part 2