November 05: To the Hills! (Pt. 2)

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part 1

A New Home

It wasn’t a very long drive, and soon enough our fivesome found themselves in Honeycomb Hills.

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First they drove by a whole lot of nothing and buildingsites, but soon, the brand new buildings of Honeycomb University appeared.

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“It should be just around the corner” Dan said. He had mapped out the route thoroughly beforehand.

And he was right. There it was: Student residence A. Or at least that was what it was called for now.

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After parking the car on the lawn to unload it later, the friends got out to explore the place which would be their home for the next four years.

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They had all applied for a room online. Sarah and Jill would be roommates, of course. For the boys it had been a bit of a puzzle. Which one of them would have to room with a stranger? After much consideration, they eventually concluded it would have to be James. For starters James didn’t want to share a room with Seth, because he didn’t want to risk walking in on Seth and his sister in bed together. This conclusion led to Daniel and Seth agreeing that it would be best if they shared a room, because the chance of whoever shared with James to walk in on James and anyone was greater than them walking in each other. James didn’t mind. And so, it was settled: Sarah and Jill applied for a shared room, as did Daniel and Seth, while James applied for a room without a preferred roommate.
They had picked up the keys to their rooms back in Honeycomb Valley at the old University building and now they could finally see it. But they had to find it first.

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Seth and Daniel were in room 3, of which Daniel was sure it was located on the top floor. 46

“You’re wrong Dan, it’s on the first floor, we’re next to James in 1!” Seth called.
And so Daniel walked down again.

Sarah and Jill were in room 5, which was on the top floor. They decided to test the lifts.

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The girls were quite pleased with what they saw when they entered the room. Sure, it was basic, but fresh and new, and they both agreed they could easily turn this into a great room with a few personal touches.

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Meanwhile, James had entered room 1, where his roommate had already arrived previously. It turned out to be Chris Morgan. Chris had already been studying at Honeycomb Valley University since 03 and James recognised his face from his visits to The Bumblebee, but they had never actually met. He soon learnt Chris was also a music student (third year) and played piano/keyboards, so James obviously felt they would most likely get along great!

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After viewing their rooms, the friends met back at the car to unload everything. Chris lent a hand in getting everything upstairs…50

… while Daniel drove the car to the small parking lot adjacent to the building.

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As he walked back, Daniel looked at the rest of the University campus around him and figured this would actually be quite a nice place to spend a couple of years.

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After taking up all the stuff, Chris decided to play a little something on his keyboards, so James could get a sense of his sound. James thought this was not bad at all and soon joined in on his guitar. Seems these two will be great roommates!

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While James and Chris were busy playing, another car drove up to the building. The two female inhabitants of room 8 had arrived…

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Suzan and Anna.

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They quickly found their room.56

And where Sarah and Jill had immediately seen the potential, Anna was not amused.  It was plain, boring and waaaaaaay too small…

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She wasted no time uttering her frustration to Suzan. 58

“Are we seriously going to have to live here for years, Su? I’ve only been here ten minutes and I already can’t stand it! And did you see that tiny bathroom, and we even have to share that with whomever is staying in room 6!”

Anna didn’t know it yet, but fortunately for her, room 6 was empty at the moment. The other students occupied rooms 2 and 4, a floor down.
Room 4 had been assigned to Anna’s older brother Harry and best friend Narai, who were both in their fourth and final year and had already been roommates in Honeycomb Valley.
Room 2 housed third year student Mia, who also moved to Honeycomb Hills from the previous student residence in Honeycomb Valley and Nina, a first year student and sister to Lola who had previously been at HVU but had graduated in May.

Harry, Narai, Mia and Nina had all arrived a while ago and had already discovered the common room.

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After taking their stuff to their room, Sarah and Jill went down to the common room as well to meet their housemates.60

They all sat down to have a chat and get acquainted.

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Next, the boys entered. Mia had already gotten to know James up close and personal a month ago (remember this blonde girl?) and she was happy to see him again…

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Daniel and Seth shook some hands as well.

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About 15 minutes later, Anna entered. She wasn’t pleased with this room either…64

…and when she spotted her brother, she immediately started complaining.
Yeah, sorry Harry, but it looks like you’ll be stuck with her again for a year…65

Since it was getting close to dinner time, Sarah and Jill decided they would cook for everyone on this first night, but also made sure to stress this wouldn’t be an everyday thing.66

Their housemates sure appreciated the meal though.67

A couple of days later, when everyone was fully settled in, a bright red fire pick up truck carrying five bicycles and a drumset pulled up on the lawn. The friends couldn’t take their bikes and Daniel’s drums in their rented SUV, so firefighter dads Oliver and Will had promised to bring them down with the truck over the course of the week. So bright and early this morning, here they were.

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James asked his uncle if they wanted to come in and see the place, but Oliver declined.

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“No, sorry, some other time, we have to get back to station asap, we’re supposed to be on duty, you know.”

So, once everything was unloaded, they all said their goodbyes.

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Oliver drove the fire truck back and Will picked up the rental car to drive that back to Honeycomb Valley as well.

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It was actually for the best the dads hadn’t stayed too long, since at 8.30 am that same morning, all first year students were required to make their way to the University Administration to get registered and pick up their class schedules.

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The brand new main building was bright, airy and youthful and Daniel, Seth, James, Sarah and Jill immediately felt right at home there.73

They found the administration office quick enough and soon they were all ready to officially start their lives as university students.

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They decided to mark this moment with a drink in the University café.75

Opening Day

A week later, the moment mayor Henry had been most looking forward to, was finally here: The official opening of Honeycomb University.

The students and staff all gathered to hear Henry speak of hopes and dreams and how you can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you show determination and perserverance.

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He also spoke of future plans for Honeycomb Hills and how these students, being the first residents, had the chance to put their own stamp on the town as well.

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“Talk to me! I will listen!”

After Henry had said his piece, it was chancellor Elizabeth Richards’ turn to address the crowd. She mainly spoke of how proud she was of this new place of education and the opportunities it brought.

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After the doors were officially opened, Abigail conducted an interview with Ch. Richards.80

Meanwhile the students were getting acquainted with the campus and eachother. James had spotted a new face in the crowd…

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“Hey, I’m James, I’m in the A-residence. What’s your name?”

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“I’m Leona, and I’m really sorry James, but I have to run. Maybe I’ll see you around?”
And with that Leona disappeared.

James shrugged and the decided to take a selfie with Dan and play some table football with Nina. Jill and Seth had discovered the arcade machines.

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It seems like University will be great!

There’s more! On to…
part 3

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

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Chris grew up in Bonnie Brae and moved to Honeycomb Valley in 03 to start University. Like most residents of Bonnie Brae, Chris’ family is rather conservative and his parents weren’t too pleased by their son’s ambition to pursue a career in music, but Chris always rebelled against their views and ideas.

Personal

Age: Young Adult
Born: October 1983
Traits: Good sense of humor, great kisser, artistic, frugal, friendly
Job: None, music student at HU

Relationships

Father: Mr. Morgan
Mother: Mrs. Morgan
Siblings: –
Partner: –
Children: –
Other family: –
Best friend(s): Mia
Romance history: When he was a teen, Chris often took the train to Bridgeport for a night out with friends. It was here he met Isabella, a city girl with whom he had an on again – off again relationship for quite a while. When Chris started university in Honeycomb Valley and Isabella in Bridgeport, they drifted apart.

Stories

In bold where this sim has a main part.

The students of the A-residence

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HarryNaraiMiaChrisSethSarah
DanielJillJamesSuzanAnnaNina

On the campus of Honeycomb University in Honeycomb Hills there are two student residences, the A- and B-residence. These are the students currently living in the A-residence. Click their names to visit their personal pages.

Home

The A- and B-residence are identical, but located on different parts of the University campus. The A-residence can be toured here.

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September 03: Back to School

The Day Before

September came round and soon school and university would be starting again for the kids, teens, students and teachers of Honeycomb Valley. As per usual, the day before school would start again, The Beehive opened its doors to the kids and teens who would be starting in primary school or high school after summer. To get acquainted. Of course the parents were invited too.

Ellie and Liam were a bit nervous, but not as much as their mums, probably!

Holly, Kyra, Logan and John Jr. finally got to explore “upstairs” now that they were teenagers. They, and their parents, met with Benjamin, who will be their class mentor for the next two years.

After the new kids and teens had left, it was time for the teachers to get together for a quick “beginning of the year” briefing and of course some catching up.

The first day

The next morning, the first day of the school year was finally there. This wasn’t just exciting for the kids and teens. Maths teacher Pierce also felt just a little bit nervous. He had started teaching at The Beehive in January, but with the new year came new responsibilities and the new beginning is always just a bit nervewracking either way.
He kissed Loretta goodbye and got on his bike to go to school.

Half an hour after Pierce arrived at school, so did the pupils.

From the seniors…
(And is that Finn thinking of Sadie in the background?…)

…to the kids! (And VERY pregnant Annabel who dropped off her youngest daughter for her first day)

At 9.00 everyone was inside and ready to get started!

The kids

Liam and Ellie turned 5 over summer and had been looking forward to their first day in Miss Eva‘s class. Riley and Ruth, who are also in their class, were already 6. For them it all wasn’t so new anymore, although they would get a lot of new challenges too this year.  Eva gave the kids a few minutes to get used to each other and their environment.
*** Gameplay note: as you might have read in my post on Education, kids of two different ages are in the same class. It’s like this in class I teach in real life as well. It helps me fill my classes. ***

When all the kids had found a seat, Eva started with her “welcome to class” speech. She explained what was going to happen this year and what the rules are.

After a while, attention was clearly dwindling, so Eva put the kids to work. The two youngest ones got a half hour of free play, while Eva gave some maths instructions to Ruth and Riley.

Ellie wanted to know when they were going to play outside…

The teens

One floor up, our “new” teens were experiencing their first day too. Their first lesson was Science, taught by Mr. Murray. Here too, there was time for a few minutes of chitchat before getting down to business.

John didn’t waste any time to show his feelings of superiority towards his classmates. When Kyra kindly asked him how his summer had been, he responded rather rudely…

Logan saw it too.

And there was a new girl in class!  Her name is Trisha and she moved to Honeycomb Valley with her brother Garett, who’s a photographer. Trisha and Garett will be properly introduced in time. All of her new classmates, with the exception of John, welcomed her warmly.

Then Elliot felt it was time to begin the lesson, so he called everyone to take their seats.

Science is VERY fascinating…

(Although, maybe not for Holly, who somehow managed to stay out of most pictures I took. Maybe she’s camera shy?)

The students

For the students at Honeycomb University, lessons were also starting again. Two weeks after the kids and teens went back, so did they.
***Side noteHarry Newman graduated High School in 02. At that time, the university hadn’t yet been built, so technically, this would have been his first year. However, knowing Harry’s father the mayor, I didn’t think he would approve of his son doing “nothing” for a year. So I decided to pretend Harry had already had a year of university education behind him. Read about my university system in the education post.***

Two new first year students moved into the Student Residence to live there with Harry (second year history), Narai* (second year science) and Lola* (third year linguistics): Mia, who will be studying medicine and Chris*, who will be a music student.

A new university building had been built over the last months and the students all agreed it was a great building, with a quiet library…

…a cafe with good food…

… and a nice terrace.

That night they celebrated the start of the academic year at the local (student)pub, The Bumblebee.

The year was off to a great start!

* Narai, Lola and Chris are all originally created with different names by Alex at ice-creamforbreakfast.tumblr.com