October 05: Moving on (Pt. 2)

Move back to…
part 1

Cats moving on

Sad times for two elderly ladies. Shortly after one another, Pebbles, cat of Donna Mason, and Mitzy, cat of Lydia Chapman, passed away. Both ladies were very upset. Maybe they can comfort eachother?

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Will Esme move on?

When Spooky day rolled around, the teens of Honeycomb Valley only had a few lessons in the morning. And when Esme left school around noon and went to get her bike to go home, she stumbled upon something she wished she hadn’t…

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Right… They’re not just friends anymore… For a moment Esme considered saying something, but she decided against it and quietly got her bike and rode off towards Martha‘s house. Only to realise when she was nearly there, her friend would not be…

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So, she wandered unto the grassy area across from Martha’s house, where the busstop was and got out her phone.

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– Hey Martha.  I miss you. Where are you? I figured by now you probably haven’t contacted me because the police screen my phone and you don’t want to be found. At least, I hope that’s the reason and you’re not lying dead in a ditch somewhere. I wish you came back… We’d deal with your crazy parents! I really need you back here, so much has happened. My sister is having sex (finally, right?) and Finn and miss too-much-hair are making out. Eugh. I really hope you will reply at some point. For the time being I guess I’ll hang out with Sophie tonight or something. But I’d really rather be with you. Love you. X. –

The party that had nothing to do with moving on

Over at The Greenery, Liam and Isa were playing in his yard, while their parents were preparing for a party.
The residents of The Greenery had decided to throw a feast party together to celebrate Spooky Day and had invited all their joined friends and family to The Field that night.

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Colin made a fire and since no one had brought any food (yes, it was a FEAST party, yet no one brought anything, stupid glitchy game), Susie tended the barbecue.48

There were chats between friends, and new connections were made.49

There was some dancing. (Joel didn’t seem to mind being the only teen there)50

And Susie drew a picture of Bradley51

Liam played peek-a-boo with Isla and they were watched from some distance by mother-to-be Morgan.52

Morgan couldn’t wait to have a child of her own!53

Despite the party being rather uneventful, the guests stayed long and afterwards felt it had been amazing. Colin finally put out the last fire around 2 in the morning.

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James and Jill move on

Earlier that same night, James, Daniel, Jill, Sarah and Seth were hanging out at The Bumblebee.

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But Daniel withdrew himself from the conversation when an interesting text came in. 56

He sat back down for only a few minutes after that and then got up to tell his friends he was leaving.

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“Right, I’m going. Sadie just texted me saying her parents are going to a party at The Greenery and her sister is out tonight too, so…. yeah… bye!”

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“What! NO!” Jill exclaimed. “We just got here! You’re ditching your best friends for your girlfriend?!”
“No.” James chuckled. “He’s ditching us to have sex with his girlfriend. Perfectly justified! Bye Dan!”

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“I seriously can’t believe this!” Jill went on.

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“Oh, come on.” Sarah joked “You just don’t get it because you haven’t had any in years!”
“Well… that’s not entirely true…”
Jill replied. And looked at James.

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This look did not go unnoticed…63

“What was that!?” Sarah uttered. “What was that look?! Did you two…? No, you didn’t seriously go down that road again, did you? When?!”
“After the Christmas party…”

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“…”

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“So, does this mean you’re getting back together…?”

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“No. We’re not.” James said resolutely.
“Well… maybe at some point…” Jill mumbled.

Seth hadn’t said much throughout the whole conversation, but now he was as shocked as his girlfriend was.

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“I love you both, really, I do, but you just don’t work together! If you do want to give it a go, please consider it VERY thoroughly!”
“Indeed.” 
Sarah agreed.
Then Seth and Jill went to get a drink and James was left at the mercy of his sister…

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“You’re leading her on, James. She’s not over you, even though it’s been two years. And if you ‘occassionally’, ‘casually’ sleep with her, she never will  get over you. I mean, look at her, she still has hope in her heart you will one day get back together…”
“But we’re not, Sarah. It was just a fun night. You know me, I’m not looking for a steady relationship…”
“I do know that, James, but she doesn’t. And if you sleep with her, it means way more to her than it does to you. And it could ruin your friendship. You have to be honest with her…”
“You’re right, I know you’re right…”

A few drinks and a lot of laughter later, Seth felt it was high time he and Sarah had some privacy, so he told her.

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She giggled. “Hmm, yeah, let’s go…”
Seth seemed very pleased!70

Just before leaving, Sarah turned to her brother and Jill. “Can we trust you two not to do anything stupid?”
“Sure sis. Go. Have fun.” 
James winked.

As soon as Seth and Sarah had left, James sat next to Jill on the sofa and put his arm around her.

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“I think we need to talk, Jilly…”
“Yes, you’re probably right…”
“I meant what I said earlier, I really don’t see us getting back together. I mean… you’re great and we both know we have an amazing time whenever we do get together, but I’m… just not in a place in my life where I want to be in a relationship. And I’m not sure if and when I will be, but you shouldn’t put your life on hold waiting for me… You’re much too sexy for that!”

Jill giggled and then got up.

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“Okay. Okay. But I do love you, James..”
“I love you too, Jilly. You were my first kiss, my first love, my first everything. And on top of that you’re one of my very best friends. And I want us to always have that. Which is all the more reason we should let go…”

“Yes… You’re right.”

And after a looooooong hug, James went on to say:

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“Now, go out there and find some poor sod whose heart you can break. Because you don’t even seem to notice it, but there is some serious interest out there, Jilly. Have you even noticed the way that Narai guy was looking at you when he gave us that tour? “

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“Really!? Hmmm, I might look into that! But now I’m going home.”75

“Bye James…”
“Bye Jilly…”

And with that Jill moved on. As did James. Clearly.76

Lucy moved on

Near the end of the month, there was someone else moving on. This time it was Lucy, who turned 40! She celebrated by having a small dinner party with her family.

Susie and Luke were first to arrive. Lucy couldn’t believe how big her sister’s belly was getting!

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Time for cake!

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Nick in particular seemed excited about his mum’s birthday!

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Then everyone sat down for a delicious turkey dinner Lucy had prepared. It was a good night.

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Stonehill moving on

Meanwhile, work in Stonehill (the competition for a new name hadn’t had any great suggestions so far) moved on as well. Many derelict buildings had already been demolished and work was well on the way  through out the town. Many of the “residents” had left the area.

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But on a small broken down park bench, a girl slept… And she looked familiar…

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However, she wasn’t alone in the park. A boy quietly approached the bench where she slept and ever so silently picked up the backpack which was next to her and then just waited…

Sensing someone was watching her, she woke up and looked up at the boy. The boy holding her backpack.

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She jumped up immediately!

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“That’s mine! Give it back right now!”
“Here you go. You’re just lucky I picked it up and not someone else. Lesson one in sleeping rough: Always hold your belongings close. Oh, and don’t pack them in a fancy backpack. You are clearly new at this. I’m Ray by the way.”
“M…Mmm.. Martha…”
“Nice to meet you, M-Martha. You look like you could use a slightly more decent place to sleep. My friend Liz and I live in that building right there, for as long as it still stands. Come on, just make sure no one sees you.”

And so Martha followed Ray to the building he referred to as the “Runaway House”, where she was introduced to Liz.
They didn’t seem to hit it off…

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And so, October came to an end and everyone moved on. On to November…

October 05: Moving On (Pt.1)

Moving on; according to the dictionary it can mean one of three things: To leave the place where you are staying and go somewhere else, to start a new activity, or, to accept that a situation has changed and be ready to deal with new experiences. Considering the events of October 05, “moving on” certainly seemed to be a theme in Honeycomb Valley…

After Martha moved on

The first day of October marked the morning after Martha‘s disappearance. In the midst of the morning chaos at the Edwards’ house, the fact that she wasn’t there first went unnoticed. There was annoyance over the bathroom and all the kids wolfed down their breakfast in an attempt not to be late for school.

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Joshua was the first to notice his elder sister was not present and he asked his mum if she had seen Martha come down this morning.

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“No, I haven’t seen her” Amy said. “But she was in quite a mood last night, so I guess she just left for school early this morning.”

She hadn’t, as we already know… And Esme obviously noticed this immediately and checked her phone to see if she maybe had a missed message from Martha saying she was home ill or something. There was no message, so Esme decided to send one herself.
– Where are you Marth? Have they send you to the convent already? Text me back! X –

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By the time the first break rolled around, Esme still hadn’t received a reply. This was very unlike Martha… When she noticed Joshua in the cafeteria, she went up to him to ask him if he knew what was up with his sister.

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Joshua explained the events of that morning to Esme…

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“She wasn’t at breakfast either, nor in her bedroom. My mum said she must’ve already gone to school, but I know she had a fight with my parents last night, so that might have something to with it…”
“Yeah, I know, she texted me last night saying something about how your parents want to send her to a convent or something? ”
“Ehhhh, I don’t know about that, but it sure sounds like my dad… I don’t think they already did though, my mum would tell us…”
“Well… something is not right…”

And so, Esme went to the police station after school, to see if someone there could help her. They promised they’d look into it.

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Joshua in turn rushed home after school to share his worries with his mum…

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“… She wasn’t at school! And Esme said Martha texted her last night, something about a convent? Is this true, mum? Have you sent her away?”

And then the realisation of the situation they were in came crashing down on Amy… She immediately called her husband in, who was working in the garden…

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“She’s GONE, John! She must’ve ran away! Where is she, John!? What did we do!? We drove her away, John! This is all our fault!”

It took John a moment to gather his thoughts…

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But he soon realised consoling his wife had top priority.10

“I’m not pleased about this either, dear, but we’ll find her. I mean, how far could she have gone, really?”

Amy and John obviously notified the police as well. Combined with the visit Esme had paid to the police station earlier, the Honeycomb Valley Police Department took this case very seriously and officers Abbey and Andrew were sent out to the Edwards’ house.

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Amy was happy to see them…

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…and immediately started telling them as much as she could.

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John’s tone was a tad different.14

“Martha had lost her way and we were doing all we could to rectify the situation. Yes, we were going to send her to a convent, but as this shows, we were already too late and should have done that a long time ago. I think you should have a chat with that Esme girl as well, she’s been a bad influence on Martha ever since they were children… I wouldn’t be surprised if she was the one who talked her in to running away…

And yes, after the interview with John and Amy, Abbey and Andrew set off to visit the Stevens household.15

Sadie welcomed them in…16

… but it was Esme they came to talk to.17

Esme wasted no time in telling Abbey and Andrew all they needed to hear.18

“These people are crazy, I tell you. Crazy! I’m actually not surprised she ran way. If anything, I’m surprised she stayed as long as she did, to be honest! She was totally repressed there! Her dad would flip out over a skirt! Isn’t that like child abuse or something?”

And she didn’t stop there…

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“No, she hasn’t contacted me, not since last night. You know, that’s weird as well, right? She ALWAYS tells me everything! Are you sure her dad hasn’t stuck her in that convent already? I wouldn’t run it past him… Maybe you should check the place out.”

Moving on to University

A few days later, there was a group of friends moving on in a different way; they officially enrolled in University. Daniel will study History, Sarah and Jill are exploring the culinary curriculum, Seth is going to be a Medicine student and James will obviously study Music.

Suzan and Anna, not pictured here, will take Philosophy and Politics respectively.

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After their official enrollment, our friends had brunch at The Aquarium.

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Finn moves on

Not long after it had become clear Martha had indeed disappeared, missing person posters were put up all over Honeycomb Valley to encourage anyone who had any tips on her whereabouts to contact the police. Posters were also put up around the high school. When Finn caught his ex-girlfriend staring at the poster of her best friend, he felt bad for her and went up to her to ask if she was okay.

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Esme stared at the picture of her missing friend and sighed.23

“I don’t know Finn, I just hope she’s okay..”

A hug always helps, especially one from Finn…

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After this encounter with Esme, Finn and Jada walked home together through the park.25

“You know, Finn…” Jada said.
“Hmm?”
“Don’t take this the wrong way, but… I think she’s still into you…”
“Who is? Esme?”
“Yeah… I mean, I know she’s sad about her friend, and I get that… But that hug… I dunno, it just seems to me there’s maybe more there than you’d think…”
“Hmmm… Well, you know what? It doesn’t matter. Because I’m not into her anymore! Come on, do you want to come over to my place? I have this new album and you just HAVE to hear it!”

And so they did. They had a little dance in Finn’s room.

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And when the music became slower, they moved in a bit closer…27

There was a look…28

… an embrace…29

…and eventually, a kiss.30

Yup, Finn is definitely not into Esme anymore!

Daniel and Sadie move on

Also in October, Daniel and Jill both turned 20. To celebrate, they took their best friends (and obviously Sadie, being Dan’s girlfriend) out for a night of sushi and bowling.

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After they had finished their dinner, Sadie and James, being the singers of The Hot Wings, did a little karaoke together.

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And then it was time to go bowling!

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As the night wore on, Sadie told her boyfriend she had thought of another way they could celebrate his birthday… Daniel didn’t need any further explanation.34

And the two lovebirds got on the subway to go to Sadie’s house.35

Once in Sadie’s bedroom, Daniel took a moment to ask his girlfriend is she was sure she wanted to do this…

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She was.37

The next morning, Daniel was a bit nervous though. Having spent the night meant he would now have to face Sadie’s family and they would probably all put two and two together…
He expressed his worries to Sadie.

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“The only one who’s likely to say anything is my sister and I’ll just tell her to shut up!”

So, they got up, Sadie put on her pyjamas and Daniel grabbed his t-shirt.

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“Don’t worry. Sadie said. “It’ll be fine. I love you.”
“I love you too. Let’s go…”

And sure enough, the first person they ran into downstairs was darling Esme.40

Who wasted no time commenting on the situation…

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“Well, well, look who’s here! So it finally happened, sis? About time too, don’t you agree?”
“Shut up Es.”

And with that, the awkward moment passed and they all enjoyed breakfast together.

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Moving on to…
part 2

September 05: A Little Bit of Everything (Pt.2)

Go back to…
part 1

Joseph and Martha

While the children were at school and John read a book in the autumn sun, Amy was busy making pumpkin pie. After all, it was a special day in the Edwards’ household…

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Little Joseph had turned 1! Happy birthday Joseph! toddler-joseph

When the kids got home, everyone enjoyed a slice of mum’s pie.

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But after they had finished, John had a bone to pick with his daughter Martha.

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“Did you go to school in that outfit, Martha!? That’s unacceptable, young lady! You’re out of control and it’s high time you cleaned up your act!”

Frustrated, Martha called her best friend Esme and asked her to meet at the park.

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Martha wasted no time uttering her frustration.

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“I’m so sick and tired of it all, Es, seriously! I can’t stand living in that house anymore!”

The girls continued their chat on the swings.

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“You know Marth, it’s only two more years until your 18th birthday, then you can leave.”
“Oh, believe me, I will!”
“And in the meantime, you can sleep over at mine any time you like!”
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“Oh and Marth, did you see Finn today at school? That Jada girl never leaves his side. It’s like she’s obsessed with him. I mean, geez…”

Sophie’s news

Also at the park, was Sophie. It had been a while (probably weeks, but it felt like 2,5 years), since Sophie had sent that email to Jérémy. The one in which she had asked him what was going on and why he hadn’t met her during her visit to Sandy Valley, while he had said he would. She still hadn’t received a reply, but while she was walking through the park on her way home from school, suddenly her phone beeped. You’ve got mail…

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Uh oh… shock-mail

“Hey Soph! Yep, sorry for the festival. I was busy with… stuff. You know, I’ve been thinking about us, and I think that… I don’t know. I need to move on. Nothing against you, Soph, but I don’t want to be stuck in a relationship, I need air. Sorry. You’re awesome, and I did enjoy every single minute we spent together, but I need new experiences. Kisses.”

Oh Soph…sophie-upset

*** Note: Anyone also reading Sandy’s stories will know that Jérémy has since become a young adult and moved on quite a bit. It’s one of the consequences of my hiatus, while life went on for my simfriends. Despite this, I felt Soph still deserved the know the answer we received from teen Jérémy after she had sent her email***

It was a busy month for the best friends in Honeycomb Valley, because Sophie now also needed hers to help her through this crisis.

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Of course, Ruby was happy to help and met Sophie at the quiet little beach.

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The girls first sat in silence…

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Then Sophie started talking…in-need-of-advice

“I just don’t understand. I thought he loved me… I thought we’d get married one day…” good-advice

“I know Soph… And maybe he did love you… But long distance is hard… Not many people can do it… And look how long you’ve lasted! I mean, wow! You’ll find someone else, Soph, I’m sure you will. Someone who doesn’t stand you up in a foreign country…”

But Sophie didn’t want anyone else…

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Ruby had another suggestion.

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“You know what you need, Soph, some pancakes! My treat!”

And so the girls went for pancakes. But pancakes can’t mend a broken heart either…

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Henry’s interview

Henry had decided the best way to present his latest plans to the public, would be through the media and so he had invited Honeycomb Gazette journalist Abigail to talk about it all.

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They first had some coffee and some chitchat.

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But soon, Abigail started her interview. Henry told her all about Stonehill and how he planned to renovate en rejuvenate the town to make it a suitable place for students and young professionals. He also told her the town would need a new name and asked her to mention a contest held for the residents of Honeycomb Valley. All residents were invited to drop their idea for a new name for Stonehill in an ideabox placed outside City Hall. The name should reflect the purpose of the town and its connection to Honeycomb Valley. In the third week of October a comity would pick the best idea. Aside from having their name be the new name of the town, the winner would also be rewarded with a goody bag full of goods from The Greenery.

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After the interview, Abigail sat down at Foster’s to write her piece.article-writing

And the next day, this was the front page of the Honeycomb Gazette.newspapers-greenify

STONEHILL ANNEXED

Mayor Newman’s initiative to “Greenify Honeycomb Valley” is already well known around town.
With projects like The Greenery and the renovation of the park in Honeybee Quarter already proving successful, the question on everyone’s mind is “what’s next”?
After all, despite most residents supporting the initiative, talk about how and where has been buzzing around town ever since The Greenery was opened and mayor Newman declared he was far from finished. Would this mean businesses would have to leave Honeycomb Valley? And if so, where would they go? And what’s more, how would that effect our economy?
Now, we’re getting our answers. Mayor Newman announced in an interview with this newspaper he has been granted permission to annex the nearby town of Stonehill and thus adding it to Honeycomb Valley.
Stonehill was once a happy, lively mountain town, but when the economy crashed about 20 odd years ago, more and more businesses were forced to close their doors and more and more people became unemployed. Poverty washed over the little mountain town and the crime rate went up. Little by little, people started to leave the town until soon it was almost completely abandoned. The only people occupying the town at the moment are those of unsavory behaviour.
Mayor Newman plans to renovate the town and bring business back to it. This means businesses now located in Honeycomb Valley might get a place in the new town.
The new town is meant to be young and youthful and will be geared towards students and young professionals. A direct underground link to Honeycomb Valley will be one of the first things to be put in place.
Stonehill will be renamed and  the renovation of the town will start over the next few weeks.
***Note:  The contest is mentioned in the column to the right***

A special visitor

On the very last day of September, John and Amy were expecting a special visitor.

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Mother Marie-Thérèse had come from Sandy Valley upon John’s request. He wanted to discuss the possibility of a place in the convent of Saint Bibine for Martha, to set her straight again. From the look on Amy’s face it seems she had her doubts.
Mother Marie-Thérèse was convinced her convent was the right place for girls like Martha who had lost their way.

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And there she was…

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Sometimes a look is enough…

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“Martha, I’d like you to meet Mother Marie-Thérèse. She’s come all the way from Sandy Valley and we feel it would be the perfect place for you to spend a few months…”

Martha couldn’t help but burst out laughing.

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“You’ve got to be kidding me! Me! In a convent! Like HELL! There’s no way dad!”

Mother Marie-Thérèse was appaled by Martha’s behaviour.

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As was John.

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“It’s things like this Martha! This is why you need to go there. You can’t say things like that! You’re going, a week from today and that’s final! Until you’re 18, you’ll do as I say and I say you’re going.

This was when Martha turned to her mother.
“Why don’t you say something mum? You can’t seriously agree with this?!”how-mum-feels

“Well Martha…” Amy sighed. “You have to understand we’re only doing this in your best interest… With the way things are going now, you’ll never find a suitable husband… Just a little while in the convent will help set you straight again….”

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“I can’t believe what I’m hearing mum! You of all people should know what it’s like to be suppressed! I’m not going! I’m not! No matter what either one of you says!”

That went well…

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Martha then ran up to her bedroom and lay on her bed thinking of how to get out of this situation. And eventually she knew there was only one solution…

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And so, that night, when everyone in the Edwards house was fast asleep, she snuck out of her bed, careful not to wake her sisters…sneak-out

… put on her coat, grabbed her backpack and tiptoed downstairs…

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… quietly crept out of the house, through the gate…out-the-door

… and in the very early hours of October, Martha disappeared out of sight…

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August 05: Coffee and Ice cream (pt. 2)

Go back to…
part 1

Guess Who’s Back?

It was very early one late August morning when she returned…

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Anna was home! After a year abroad, she had returned to Honeycomb Valley! Her parents were so privileged to have her back again! (Or so she felt, anyway)

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But after talking to her father for ten minutes, Anna was already annoyed again. She had been home for ten whole minutes now and no one had yet offered to draw her a bath or anything. And what was all that crying in the background?

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Oh. Right. You.
Awww, the love between a mother and her son is so touching, isn’t it?

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After a bath and breakfast, Anna quickly rushed to the park to meet with the one person she knew would be happy she was back: Suzan.

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The first thing Anna did when she saw her BFF again, was utter her annoyance.

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“Has my father gone completely mad when I was away?! What’s this nonsense about ‘greenify Honeycomb Valley’? What do we need more trees for? We’re not freaking rabbits, are we? We don’t need to live in a forest! There’s not even one proper club in this town, and now he’s talking about taking down shops as well?! The man is crazy I tell you! And all for his ‘image’!”

Suzan let her friend rant and of course agreed wholeheartedly with everything she said. After Anna was done ranting about her father, the girls sat down for some coffee and Anna told Suzan all about her travels. Since mum and dad had paid for it all, Anna’s year had consisted of fine hotels, hot guys, lots of shopping, going out late and lying on beaches. Very much your typical gap year, right? Umm no.
Either way, it was done now, and in October, Anna too would have to start University… That had always been the condition…park catch up

Sophie

After a few days in Sandy Valley at The Rock Festival, Sophie returned home again. Feeling sad and confused. She had phoned Ruby from the bus asking her to meet her at the busstation.

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Thankfully, Ruby arrived soon.

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“So, how was it, Soph? You sounded a bit off on the phone? Did something happen?”
“Let’s go to my house, I’ll tell you all about it…”

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Once in her room, Sophie immediately told Ruby about the things that happened in Sandy Valley. About how she had not seen Jérémy at all and when she had asked him to meet her at the festival, he’d said he’d come, but he never did. chat about jeremy

“I’m worried Rub, what if he doesn’t like me anymore? I love him, you know, I really do, and I just don’t want to lose him!”
“There’s only one way to find out, Soph, you have to ask him. Call him up and ask him.”
“CALL him?! No, I couldn’t possibly! What if he says I’m right? What if he really doesn’t like me anymore, I’ll burst into tears on the phone! I don’t want that!”
“Then email him.”

“Yeah, I guess I will…”

And so it happened, Ruby gave her friend some privacy and Sophie wrote Jérémy an email…
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Mail from Sophie

My dearest Jérémy,

What’s going on? I’m quite worried about you… 

I’m back home again and sad and worried because I didn’t see you at all during the days I was in Sandy Valley… I still don’t quite know why you said you’d meet me at the Rock Festival, but never came. You also didn’t respond to any texts. Does it have something to do with your family?

I hope it’s not anything I did… 

I miss you. I love you. Please write me back, I’m so worried…

Yours always,

Soph. ❤

And then it was gone… Now all that’s left is waiting for the reply. I know it’s hard Soph, I know…

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New Kids on the Block

August was drawing to an end but the weather was still warm. On one of the last days of August, Esme headed out to meet Martha, when she spotted the big orange truck and the girl with the big hair across the street: new neighbours! She also noticed her ex boyfriend, walking up to girl with the big hair…

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Yep, indeed, Finn had also noticed the new neighbours and decided to go and lend a hand.new neighbour

“Hi, I’m Finn Richardson, I live two doors down the street. Are you moving in? Need a hand?”
“Oh, that’d be great actually, thanks! I’m Jada Quinn, I’m moving in here with my parents and my brother and sister.”

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“Sure! Just tell me what goes where!” And maybe later I can show you around town a bit? We have a great beach!”
“Yeah, that sounds nice!”

Esme, who had moved closer so she could eavesdrop on the conversation, decided to give Martha a call.

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“Marth? Change of plans. Let’s meet at the beach instead. We have a problem.”

Esme wasn’t the only one who had noticed Finn talking to Jada. From across the street, Rachel was another silent witness to the scene…

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The orange truck drew lots of attention. The house had been empty for a long time and Ellie often snuck into the garden to play there, and now someone had stolen her spot. She was not amused and quite determined to discover who was moving in right next to her.

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And she was about to find out…

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The girl walked straight up to Ellie.

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“What are you looking at!?”

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“What am looking at?! What are YOU doing here? This is my street! My dad is a policeman and he owns this whoooooooole street!”
“No, he doesn’t! We bought this house, so it’s my house, and I’m telling you you can’t look at it!”

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“It’s a stupid house anyway, I don’t even want to look at it. Such a stupid house!”

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“Yes, you’re right, it is stupid. I don’t even want to live here in this stupid house. My old house was waaaaaaay better and bigger and prettier and it looked just like a dollhouse and I didn’t have such a stupid neighbour!”

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“….”
“….”
“I have a dollhouse, wanna come and play?”
“Sure!”

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“I’m Ellie.”
“I’m Aliyah”

Oh heavens help us, there’s two of them…

Ellie and Aliyah spent the rest of the day with Ellie’s dollhouse.dollhouse

After taking the boxes into the house, Finn and Jada went to the beach like they had agreed upon earlier.

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And, surprise, surprise, they weren’t alone… It was clear to Esme; maybe she and Finn had broken up, but that didn’t give him permission to take other girls to the beach! But she had a plan!

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Esme didn’t wait long to make her move.

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“Finny! Darling! What a coincidence meeting you here!  And you’re getting all tan, I see. Yum.”

Martha found it very amusing…

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Finn was still stunned by Esme’s demeanor and didn’t quite know how to respond. Esme on the other hand, knew exactly what she was doing…

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“Oh, forgive me, I’m being so rude! I didn’t even introduce myself to your friend. Hi, I’m Esme! So, you’re having a beach day with my Finny today? Isn’t he sexy in those trunks? Being the only one who knows what’s underneath them, I can tell you that… No, I shouldn’t tell you actually, I don’t want to embarrass him. *giggle* Well, we should go now. Bye Finny, call me!”

And then they were off.

“Was that your… girlfriend…? She’s quite… forward…” Jada asked Finn.
“Ex. Finn sighed. “It’s a long story. Come on, Iet’s go and have some ice cream”

And so they did.

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Meanwhile, the last child of the Quinn family, 14 year old Malik, had discovered Honeycomb Valley had a comic book store and he couldn’t be happier.
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And of course comic book stores are great places to meet fellow geeks. So, before long, Malik had found a new friend in Logan.

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After a few hours at the comic book store, Logan and Malik walked home together. They had discovered they lived on the same street and agreed to hang out again soon.

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The Quinn family ended their first day in Honeycomb Valley with pie in their back yard.evening pie

“So kids,” mother Tiana asked, “Do you think you’ll like living in Honeycomb Valley?”

***Note: The Quinn family is introduced here***

February 05: Together and Apart (Pt.1)

In February 05 Rebecca Edwards got married. But this wasn’t the only happening that month. Much more happened around town. Some sims celebrated their togetherness, while others fell apart…

The Truth About New Years Eve

One February afternoon, Sadie was reading a book in the living room when Esme came in, chatting on her phone.

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“Bahaha, she’s wearing that awful dress your mother wore? No Martha, you’ve got to be joking, that thing was oldfashioned even when your mum got married! Yeah…, Yeah, I know! Oh absolutely…”

Sadie didn’t mean to eavesdrop on her sister, but when she heard it was Martha Esme was talking to, she felt her anger rise a bit. Martha had some nerve, still chatting away with Esme like BFFs, when she had kissed her boyfriend on New Years Eve! Sadie was sure Esme didn’t know about this stunt Martha had pulled, or they surely wouldn’t be friends anymore.

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Sadie felt it was time her sister knew what her best friend had done, so after Esme hung up the phone, she pulled her apart.

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“See, Es, this might be hard for you to hear, but on New Years, I saw Martha kissing Finn… He didn’t kiss her back though! But she did try… I thought you needed to know…”

Much to Sadie’s surprise, Esme didn’t get angry or sad, she SMILED.
“Wanna know a little secret, sis…?”

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” Martha didn’t kiss Finn because she wanted to so badly. I asked her to! Just for a laugh. And to test his loyalty to me, I guess!”

But Sadie was furious!how could you

” How COULD you do that Esme! What kind of crazy stunt is that!? And to think I’ve been feeling sorry for you for over a MONTH!”

Meanwhile, The Hot Wings were rehearsing in Daniel’s garage their rehearsal space. Sadie was supposed to be there too, but was running late because of the discussion with her sister. Sarah and Jill were present though, just for fun.

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Daniel immediately threw down his drumsticks when Sadie entered, clearly upset.

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Sadie told her boyfriend all about Esme.

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Jill heard everything Sadie was saying and wasn’t amused. What was this girl thinking, pulling a stunt like that on her little brother!

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So, when Jill got home early that evening, she sat down with her brother.

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“So Sadie said, that Esme actually asked Martha to kiss you, just to test you!”

But Finn would have none of it!you're wrong jill

“You’re an idiot, sis. Don’t you see what this is? Sadie has had a crush on me for ages, Esme told me so herself. She’s just trying to come between us. Yes, I know you say she’s with Daniel now, but why else would she make something like this up?”

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“Esme wouldn’t do something that stupid. You’re wrong Jill. Wrong.”

And then Finn left to meet his girlfriend for a snowy walk in the park.

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Even though he was sure Jill was wrong, the things his sister had told him kept running through his mind, so he decided to see what Esme had to say…

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“So… ummm… I have to tell you something… About New Years… Ummm… Martha tried to kiss me… I pulled away! But yeah… I thought you ought to know…”

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” Wow!” Esme said “You’re the second one to bring this up today…”

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“Don’t worry about it, lovely! See, the thing is, I already knew because I asked her to kiss you! Just for a laugh aaaaaaaand to see if you’d kiss her back. But of course you didn’t, cause you’re MY lovely Finny!”

And she grinned.:)

But to Finn, this was nothing to smile about…

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“Are you insane?! Who does that?! What were you trying to do anyway, TEST me? Test me by letting your BEST FRIEND kiss me? What the… Who are you, Esme? It’s like I don’t know you anymore!”

Then Finn calmed down a bit and told Esme a bit less furiously that if this was what their relationship had become, then maybe they should not be in a relationship for a while…

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But now it was Esme who got angry…fine finn

“You’re breaking up with me?! Over THIS?! Who are YOU!? Well, if this is what you want, then this is what you can get, Finn. Bye.”

And with that, Esme left…

Things are happier in…part 2

December 04: …and a Happy New Year! (Pt.2)

Click to go back to…

part 1

The Teen Party

At the hangout, the party was still going strong.
Chloé and Sophie spent most their time dancing together.

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Screenshot-282After a while, Esme seemed to think the party was getting a bit dull, so she pulled her friend Martha close to whisper a plan to spice things up a bit…

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Okay, Martha, listen, are you up for a dare?
– Sure! What’d you have in mind?
Hehe, I dare you… to kiss my boyfriend!
– What? Finn? Why?
Yeah, it’ll be a good test to see how faithful he is. Are you up for it?
– Haha, sure!

And so, there she went…

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Sadie, not knowing Esme dared Martha to do this, saw it all and wasn’t pleased at all!

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Martha was supposed to be her sister’s best friend! What was she doing kissing her boyfriend!?
(And to think that a year ago, Sadie was pissed at Esme for kissing Finn… She’s over him now.)

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Finn however, didn’t take it well either.
What the actual…? Martha! What are you doing? Are you out of your mind!?
Jill seemed proud of her little brother’s response.pissed

He immediately looked up Esme to kiss her passionately. She was his girlfriend, not Martha! All Esme could think was, mission accomplished. You’re a sly one, Es…faithful

Sadie was still upset about what she saw and went pouring out her heart to Daniel. He said he knew something that might cheer her up…

blow off steam

…bubbles!!

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Midnight!

When midnight approached, the teens all rushed outside to light the fireworks…

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Elsewhere, Kai, Joel, Rosalie and Jayden went out too.

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Ready…?

10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

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…5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

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The Teen Party

After the fireworks were over and everyone had wished each other a happy new year, the teens went back inside to dance some more.

Daniel held Sadie back for a bit though.

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Wait, come here, I have to tell you something…
– What’s that…?

sadie dan kiss…Happy new year… 

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Sadie was stunned. But only for a second…

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I guess that plan worked out well, Daniel…

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Although… you might not have been as private as you thought you were…
It seems Martha saw something…

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And what’s the first thing Martha does? Yep, you guessed it…

seenI don’t think that secret will stay secret very long…

Much too soon, the party ended. Lucy and Katie had made sure the fathers were sent out to pick up Kyra and Holly. Jack and Jacob seemed less pleased standing out in the cold in the middle of the night.

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Again with the police car, Jack?

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The party may have been over, but Seth still had something in store for his Sarah. Since it was now past midnight on New Years Eve, that meant they were now officially a couple for one year exactly.

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Happy anniversary!

one year anniversaryIn that package was a beautiful necklace. Sarah was very happy with this gift.

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Seth then called his sisters and the Murray kids and Sarah got in the car Seth borrowed from his mum.

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It seems Seth and Sarah were going to have happy anniversary indeed…

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And so, a new year had begun… In the winter sky, the first light of 05 was starting to show. Hopefully it will be another good year…

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December 04: …and a Happy New Year! (Pt.1)

The final day of the year had finally arrived for the residents of Honeycomb Valley! That evening there would be parties, fireworks and gatherings. This is how Honeycomb Valley celebrated New Years Eve 04!

Before the Night Fell…

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, Esme visited the fireworks stand which had opened in Honeycomb Valley for one week only. She wanted to buy fireworks to bring to the New Years Eve party which was to be held at the teen hangout that night.

Wesley got a parttime job at the stand.

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After buying fireworks, Esme met her boyfriend Finn and best friend Martha at Winter Wonderland.

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The three skated for a while. Esme and Finn clearly had more experience than Martha did.Esme Finn Martha skate

After skating, Finn suddenly complained how Esme shouldn’t invite him if she wasn’t going to hang out with him, and left.
Esme was unfazed. If he wants to leave, he should leave. Bye Finn! And then she had some hot chocolate with Martha.

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Umm, Martha…? What’s your mum doing…?

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Right…

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Esme wasn’t Wesley’s only customer that day.

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Pierce, Loretta and the kids came to get some sparklers…

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…and Joel and his dad had plans to create a spectacle that night!

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At 6, Kyra arrived at Holly‘s house to get ready! The girls were so excited to go to their first real party that night! Sure, they’ve been to prom, but that’s a school party. This was a REAL party! Mothers Lucy and Katie had their doubts about sending their 13 year old daughters (we’re almost 14!!) to a New Years Eve party, but the girls begged and pleaded and eventually got their way. But there was no way they’d be going home alone! The dads would pick them up at 2.

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Holly especially spent a lot of time doing her hair and make up.

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And she got to wear her pink heels again!

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The Teen Party

Jack drove the girls to the party in the police car. I think he wanted to make a statement…

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Esme, Ruby and Chloé (who was still visiting) were waiting outside.

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Inside the party was already going strong!

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James and Jill hadn’t seen each other since “that night“. Even though James didn’t mention anything about it to her, Jill thought it was a good sign he came up to talk to her. Oh Jill… You’re never getting over him, are you..? But then again, maybe you don’t have to…?

(Also, what’s with that jump Daniel is doing in the background…?)chat

This seems to be a very special dance indeed…

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We’ll check back with the teens later! For now let’s take a look at what some of the other residents of Honeycomb Valley were doing…

The Knight family

Even though it wasn’t midnight yet, the Knight triplets could no longer wait to light their sparklers!

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They’re so pretty!

Wendy and Stella

Not everyone wants big parties or fireworks on New Years Eve. Friends and neighbours Wendy and Stella were having a cosy and fun tv night at Wendy’s house.

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The Harrison family

Joel and Kai had already put out the fireworks for later…

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Abbey and Lucas’ Party

The teens of Honeycomb Valley weren’t the only ones having a New Years Eve party. Abbey and Lucas had organised a party in their building too!

The guests even brought food! Boris seemed pleased by this!

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It soon got very busy in both Abbey’s and Lucas’ apartment.

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Everyone seemed to have a good time and both the guests and Boris walked from one floor to the other to chat, drink, eat and dance.party

There was lots of dancing…

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(Yes, Abbey voluntarily danced with Emmett. Wow.)

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But Susie felt a bit out of place… Since almost everyone here was in their twenties, Susie, once again, felt old. So, she decided to spend her time eating and drinking.out of place

Her boyfriend, the social butterfly, spent most of his time chatting to people he’d never met before.
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Emmett was having the night of his life! First a dance with Abbey and now he even found someone to do a kegstand with! The helpful man was Narai, one of Honeycomb Valley’s students and Harry‘s best friend. Both guys seemed pleased they pulled it off!kegstand

What’s this? Another dance with Abbey? Wow, Emmett, who knows, you might get your chance with her after all…

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Now, it was my intention to check back at Abbey and Lucas’ party later, but at 23:00 (11 pm), everyone suddenly thanked Abbey for the great party and LEFT! It’s a New Years Eve party people, you’re supposed to stay until midnight at LEAST! I tried to re-invite them, but it didn’t work. Starting a party at 1:00 is not done, according to EA. Grrrr.
Thankfully, there were still other things going on around town, so continue on to…

part 2