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.
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.
“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 –
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.
Joshua explained the events of that morning to Esme…
“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.
Joshua in turn rushed home after school to share his worries with his mum…
“… 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…
“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…
But he soon realised consoling his wife had top priority.
“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.
Amy was happy to see them…
…and immediately started telling them as much as she could.
John’s tone was a tad different.
“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.
Sadie welcomed them in…
… but it was Esme they came to talk to.
Esme wasted no time in telling Abbey and Andrew all they needed to hear.
“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…
“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.
After their official enrollment, our friends had brunch at The Aquarium.
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.
Esme stared at the picture of her missing friend and sighed.
“I don’t know Finn, I just hope she’s okay..”
A hug always helps, especially one from Finn…
After this encounter with Esme, Finn and Jada walked home together through the park.
“You know, Finn…” Jada said.
“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.
And when the music became slower, they moved in a bit closer…
There was a look…
… an embrace…
…and eventually, a kiss.
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.
After they had finished their dinner, Sadie and James, being the singers of The Hot Wings, did a little karaoke together.
And then it was time to go bowling!
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.
And the two lovebirds got on the subway to go to Sadie’s house.
Once in Sadie’s bedroom, Daniel took a moment to ask his girlfriend is she was sure she wanted to do this…
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.
“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.
“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.
Who wasted no time commenting on the situation…
“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.
Moving on to…