November 05: To the Hills! (Pt. 3)

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Police Wanted

Near the end of November, mayor Henry visited chief of police Andrew Chapman at the Honeycomb Valley Police Department to discuss an important matter.

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“As you may well know, we’re making a lot of progress in Honeycomb Hills. The underground station has been opened and Honeycomb University is up and running. Now we turn to the downtown area. There’s lots to be done there. A lot of derelict buildings still.85

“And that’s where I need your help. We know a lot of these buildings are being illegally occupied by squaters and criminals. I think it’s of great importance to have a police force in place in Honeycomb Hills to get these people out and keep the peace. Three officers should be enough, but we do need them there permanently.” 

Andrew listened to Henry and contemplated.

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“So they would have to commute? Or can they live there? Many of my officers have families. How about education for the children? 

Henry explained all the details and Andrew reluctantly agreed.

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“I don’t think they’ll be happy, but I understand the issue at hand. I’ll find you three officers and get back to within a few days.”

With that, Henry thanked Andrew and they parted ways.

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The next day, Andrew organised a meeting to explain the situation to the force.

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“… And so, we’re in need of three people who can do this job and pretty much run the Honeycomb Hills department. Chances are, it’s going to be a whole, exciting new challenge and opportunity. If you wish to commute, a car will be provided. If you wish to relocate, you’ll get a compensation for any moving costs.

He then gave everyone a moment to discuss.
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“I think there will be a lot of work to do. We’ll probably get to work with young people often enough, which can be quite exciting” Jack said.

Max felt differently.

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“I don’t know… I have a family! Commuting every day will mean long days and I just don’t see us moving, how about my kids’ education? As far as I now, there’s no plans to build a school in Honeycomb Hills… Maybe the ones of us who don’t have kids should be going…”

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“Oh, so just because I don’t have a family, I can go, is that what you’re saying?” Emmett retorted. “I have reasons to want to stay too, you know…”

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“Mayor Newman assured me anyone with a family will be well looked after. Max, you’re right, there aren’t going to be primary or high schools in Honeycomb Hills in the near future, but a schoolbus service will pick up any children and teens living there and take them to The Beehive every morning. I agree with Emmett, it shouldn’t just have to be the ones among us who don’t have families, that’s not fair.
Just sleep on it and discuss it with your loved ones. I’m afraid I do need to push you all a bit though, because I’ll need an answer within the next two days. We need three of you. If no one volunteers, I’m sorry, but I will pick someone myself…”

Jack Clark still felt optimistic and it was with this attitude he sat down with his family that same night and told them all about it.

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Jack had thought his daughter would be hardest to convince, because she would have to leave her BFF Kyra behind, but much to his surprise, Holly was actually quite easily sold on the idea of moving to Honeycomb Hills.95

“Oohhh, that will be great! I can have my own horse! I cán have my own horse, right? Just like Molly! And we’ll invite her over and then we can ride through the hills together!”

Her brother Aiden didn’t care either way.

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Katie thought it would be a good career move for her as well, as she figured her boss would be pleased to hear it was her husband who offered to go “to the hills”.

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And then there was Ryan. He didn’t agree with his father’s plans at all..98

“But my friends are here! I will never see Joshua anymore, his parents won’t allow him to visit Honeycomb Hills, I’m sure. And Joel and I just started surfing lessons!”
‘And when will I see Zoe…’ he thought. But this was a thought he didn’t express out loud.

But his parents figured these were things that could be overcome… And so it was settled.

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“Okay, Jack, you can tell Andrew we’re in!”

Later that night, at the Griffiths household, Zoe was doing her homework…

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… and Ellie, Justin and Vicky were sound asleep.

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So Max thought this was the best chance he would get to discuss the issue with Annabel.

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He figured he would start off with the positives and told Annabel about the opportunities the job would bring and the option to commute.103

But Annabel wanted none of it…104

She let Max talk a bit more, and then she had her turn…

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“First of all, commuting?  When will you be home! I can’t do the whole bed routine by myself, Max! And moving? Ellie on a schoolbus? Really? I’m sure she’ll get in trouble the first week and be banned and we’ll have to drive her every day after all. And we’ve just finished this house! We can’t do this, Max!”

Max told her he agreed and would definitely share these concerns with Andrew, but there was still a chance he would get picked anyway.
Annabel was quite worried…

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Madison introduced the topic over dinner…

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“I know I haven’t discussed it with you first, but there wasn’t really a chance to. Andrew and the mayor want to promote me to Chief of the Honeycomb Hills department, but we would have to relocate… I sort of already said yes though…”

Easygoing Alexis didn’t mind at all, she was just pleased for her girlfriend.

Back at the Chapman house Tyler and Riley were just about to go to bed, Lillian was reading and Andrew was watching TV when his phone rang.

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He was rather pleased by this call.

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“Ah, that’s great. Yes. Yes, definitely. Thank you Jack, you’re a lifesaver. Madison is going too. Yes, I know. We’ll talk over all the details tomorrow. Okay. Thanks again, have a good night!”

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“So I now have Madison and Jack who agreed to go, but if no one else comes forward, I’ll have to appoint someone and I’m really dreading that…”
“Maybe you should choose one of your younger officers to balance things out” 
Lillian suggested.

Two days later, and after an extensive conversation with Max, who had pretty much begged Andrew not to choose him (“it’ll cost me my marriage!”), Andrew decided to take his wife’s advice and picked…

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…Emmett.
Emmett wasn’t happy at all, since the whole reason he joined the police was to get close to Abbey. And while it had appeared he had a chance with her after the New Years Eve party, he really hadn’t gotten any further with her since. Having to move (or at least commute) to Honeycomb Hills now and not even working with her anymore would ruin his chances for good, he figured. But he couldn’t tell Andrew that, obviously. So he figured he might as well make the best of it…113

“I won’t lie Chief, I was hoping you’d pick someone else. But I am a team player, so when do you need me to go?”

Andrew was pleasantly surprised by this professional attitude Emmett was showing.

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It turned out Andrew needed Emmett to go rather soon, because only three days later, Jack, Madison and Emmett had their first job in Honeycomb Hills. None of them had obviously moved there yet, but the work couldn’t wait.

They met outside the old Stonehill police department.
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Madison had been briefed and now informed her coworkers of the job at hand.

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“See that house back there? With the broken columns and boarded windows? We have reason to believe  that building is illegally occupied. After sundown we’ll enter and arrest the occupants. Now, I don’t know what we’ll find. The occupants might be hostile, but we will not use force unless we have to.

As darkness set in, they went on their way.

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They pulled up quietly…

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… and first inspected the building from the outside…118

They then entered the building! It was clear someone had been staying here!119

But whoever it had been, they were now…120

Gone!

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And so, November came to an end. The winter cold was setting in and December was just around the corner. But more on that another time.

November 05: To the Hills! (Pt. 2)

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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!

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November 05: To The Hills! (Pt. 1)

In November 05, Honeycombers went to the hills! The annexed town of Stonehill was slowly but surely turning into a great place to live (and learn!) and during this autumn month it was the focus of many Honeycomb Valley residents.

Luke and Susie

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One early November morning, Susie made breakfast which they ate while Boy brought the newspaper in.2

Since it was a nice and sunny day, Luke decided to read the paper out in the sunshine, while heavily pregnant Susie took a moment to relax next to her boyfriend.
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“Honeycomb Hills!” Luke chuckled. “That’s actually brilliant!”
“Hmm? What?” Susie answered, distracted from her train of thought.
“Stonehill! They named it ‘Honeycomb Hills’. It looks like it’s going to be really nice too. Look, there’s a picture of the public transport station and the new university.”Newspaper honeycomb hills simlish

Welcome to
HONEYCOMB HILLS!

While the contest to rename Stonehill first seemed fruitless, a late entry by 18 year old Rachel Murray proved to be a winner and thus we can now announce the town of Stonehill will, from this day forward, be known as Honeycomb Hills.
Mayor Newman is turning out to be a man true to his word. Over the past few months, there’s been a lot of activity in Honeycomb Hills and as promised, a public transport station with underground and bus links to Honeycomb Valley is the first project to be completed. The grand opening of the station is scheduled for next week, the 8th of November.
Meanwhile, work is also well on the way on the University, which will be renamed from Honeycomb Valley University to simply Honeycomb University.
With classes scheduled to start at the University in just three weeks time, it’s going to be quite a task to complete it in time, but mayor Newman has complete faith in the men carrying out the work and is sure they will finish in time.
Note: The column to the right focusses on Rachel and how she came up with the name.

But Susie had something else on her mind.3“That’s all very nice dear, but how about the work on our house? I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m about to pop out a baby and we have no place to put it, still!”

Hormones…
Luke reassured his girl all would be alright and sure enough, and with a little help from some builder friends, a few days later, the little ranch house was covered in scaffolding. 4

At the Runaway House

Even though Honeycomb Hills was slowly turning into a place worth living, there was still lots to be done as well, and over at the Runaway House…5

… there were two ‘ladies’ who still felt like they were alone in this town. Judging by the volume of their voices…6

“Listen ‘miss Martha’, I don’t know what you are thinking, walking around here like you own the place, but this is still mine and Ray’s house and you are lucky we let you stay here!”
“Oh is that right? Who died and made you boss, Liz?” Martha retorted.

But Ray had enough.
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“Will you stop it!? The both of you! First of all, Liz, yes, I invited Martha to stay here, just like I invited you to stay here a year ago. But it’s not ‘our house’. Hell, we’re lucky to even have this roof over our heads!”

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“And secondly, will you both just keep. it. down.?! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re not alone in this town anymore and we should lay low. Which isn’t happening with the both of you having daily shooting matches!”

And with that, Ray left to get some air.
Martha followed.9

“I’m sorry Ray, you’re right, we do need to cool it…”
Ray sighed “It’s okay. I’m just worried… What with all the building that’s going on around town, I think it’s only going to be a matter of time until we are found out and forced out of here. And worse, are all send back to where we came from…”

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“I’ve been thinking, maybe it’s time to leave this place and head into the hills. I have a tent and we have the sleepingbags… Sure, we’ll lose the comforts of having a roof over our heads and running water, but at least we won’t be found… How about we go and explore, see if there’s a spot where we could set up camp?”

Martha agreed, and after Ray talked to Liz, she also reluctantly had to admit this would actually be best.

And so, when dusk settled in, they went into the hills to find a spot.11

After a long hike, they discovered a great big, secluded pond.12

“This might work…” Ray said. “We could catch some fish here too for food.”
But Liz wasn’t happy. 13

“You can’t be serious Ray… It’s freezing here and it’s only November… We’ll die out here when winter comes around… I’m going back to the house.”

And so, Liz left. 14

Ray and Martha decided to stay to test the spot a bit more. To see if there were actually fish here and how cold it would get as it got later.
They had soon caught a lot of fish which they roasted over a fire (The firepit and chairs were already there, this place must have been a great camping spot back in the glory days of Stonehill)15

With the fire burning, it wasn’t actually that cold, so after they finished their fish, Ray and Martha sat down to have a chat.16“So your parents really sold you to nuns?”
“Yep. Well, no, they didn’t sell me, but they did try to stick me in a convent…”
“Wow…”17

“…”
“So how about you, Ray? What’s your tale?”

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“Ah, you know the story. Boy is born to unfit parents. Boy gets placed in the foster care system. The system fails boy. Boy gets in trouble at school. Boy gets kicked out of school, and then another, and then another. Boy goes from one foster family to the next. None of them really want him. Boy decides ‘screw you all’ and runs away.”
“That must have been tough…”
Ray shrugged. “Just life. Well, my life anyway.”

After sitting in silence for a bit longer, Ray suggested they’d head back to the house.
“But first, there’s a little thing I’ve been wanting to do for weeks now…”

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Being a runaway sure had its perks, Martha felt.

After that kiss, Ray and Martha went back to the house.
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When they got ‘home’, Martha went upstairs to make use of the running water while they still had it.

Meanwhile, Liz took care of Ray…21

“You look sore and cold from that long walk, Ray. How about I give you a massage?”

Since Ray knew Liz gave the best massages, he allowed her to do her thing.22

“So much tension! You know, I can think of another way to relieve that tension…”

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“We can’t do that, Liz, you know we’re not alone in the house anymore” Ray whispered back.

Oh dear, what will come of this…?

The Public Transport Station

On the 8th of November, the day was finally here: the first new building in Honeycomb Hills would be officially opened. Of course, Honeycomb Gazette reporter Abigail headed out to report on the opening of the public transport station.

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It was pouring down that day, so not a lot of Honeycomb Valley residents had made the trip to Honeycomb Hills to attent the opening. But mayor Henry Newman didn’t let that stop him. 25

“Yes, it may be quiet here today, but from this day onward, a little rain will not hinder anyone coming to Honeycomb Hills anymore, since it’s now possible to visit this lovely town by bus or underground as well!

The small crowd that did attent the opening were pleased by Henry’s words and couldn’t wait to go in.26

After the station had officially been opened, Abigail had a little interview with Henry in which he spoke about both the station and the great university campus which was also quite nearly ready.27

Off to University!

In fact, it was only a week and a half later that five nervous but excited best friends were ready for a big lifechanging step…

At the Wyler house the car they rented was ready to be packed.28

Sarah, James, Jill and Seth  (and Daniel, not pictured here) felt it was going to be quite a job to pack everything in the car, but were determined to make it fit.

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Meanwhile, Patty welcomed the other parents who had all come to wave their children off.

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Once everything was packed (yes, they managed to make it fit), it was almost time to go. After some last minute well-meant parental advice on the driveway…31

… it was time to say goodbye.32

Dan was a bit anxious though, as Sadie still wasn’t there. She had promised to come straight from school, but was nowhere to be seen…

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But thankfully, a few minutes later, there she was.

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Robert, who had still been at work, also arrived just in time to say goodbye to his son and daughter. And Hannah had left work a bit early to wave off her eldest son.35

Daniel was driving, and once everyone has gotten in…

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…the parents and Sadie got one final look and they were off to Honeycomb Hills.

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Soon disappearing out of sight.

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Of course Patty had made a little event of it all and the parents gathered in het backyard for coffee and cakes. 39

See how our students get on in…
part 2

November 04: Courtship (Part 2)

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Abbey

Remember back in April, when Emmett went on a date with tough girl Abbey? And how she rejected him? She rejected. him.  Emmett couldn’t believe it, no one had ever rejected him. So, since March, he made several attempts to get in contact with her again, but to no avail. Of course, Emmett wasn’t giving up. Not usually one to chase after a girl (“let them come to me, I attract them like moths to a flame, really”), this girl was another story all together. Because of that whole rejecting business obviously. He couldn’t have that. Oh no.

So Emmett tried a different strategy. He went down to the police station…

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“Yeah, so, I would like to work here”, he told the officer behind the counter.
“You’ll have to fill out some forms and take a few tests”, he was told. “Then you get to accompany an officer for a day and if you get approved you can work here and take the course simultaneously.”
“Is that officer Abbey?”

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Abbey herself just got home from work and had taken a shower when there was a knock on her door.

“Hi, I’m Lucas. I just moved into the apartment upstairs and I wanted to say hi.”
So Abbey and her new neighbour chatted for a while. About work and interests. Lucas of course also had to enquire about a Mr. Abbey, to which Abbey laughed and told him that no, there was no “Mr. Abbey”.
When Lucas told her he worked as a scullion at Foster’s, Abbey replied that she really couldn’t cook at all. Lucas, never one to miss an opportunity, immediately offered to cook her dinner the next night.
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The next morning, Abbey took Boris for a walk and then headed off to work.

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There, a surprise awaited her…

“What are you doing here!?”
“I work here now” Emmett replied grinning. “And better yet, I get to ride along with you today!”

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Abbey had no choice but to make the best of it and she and Emmett got in the car and patrolled the town that day.

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Near the end of their shift, they got a message from the station telling them they had to go an interview Onslow Mills, as he was a suspect in the “missing bikes mystery” that taunts Honeycomb Valley.

Umm… Emmett, I don’t think you’re supposed to be texting while on the job… (I suspect he was texting Wesley to tell him he was right across his trailer…)

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Abbey asked Onslow some tough questions which he answered (but I think he was lying).

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Emmett was quite impressed with Abbey’s way of handling the situation and told her so when they were outside again. Abbey in turn actually seemed quite pleased with this compliment.

However, now it was time to go home, since she obviously still had dinnerplans.compliment

While Abbey greeted Boris and then took a shower…

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…Lucas was busy in his own apartment preparing dinner for them.

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There she was.

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They sat down for dinner and wine.dinner

And had a chat.

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But Abbey had been eyeing Lucas’ pooltable! She couldn’t wait to shoot some pool with him! Lucas first decided to go easy on her, but soon learnt not to hold back! This girl is a pro! poolIt was a good night!

Luke

By now, a whole month had passed since that night Luke spent on the roof with Susie. And still, he had not heard from her… So, it seemed, that was really over…
He felt sad. He tried not to let it get him down, but fact remained, he was sad. He really thought she was perfect. *Sigh*

Luke filled Boy’s bowl…

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…And then sat down by his fire.
He was just getting lost in thought again, when suddenly the doorbell rang…

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“Sss… Suse…? What are you doing he… I mean, come in, did you get my texts? No, don’t answer that, it doesn’t matter. I mean, I’m sorry about the ki… I mean what.., uhm…”

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“Just shut up.” Was all Susie replied.

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“Are you… are you sure about this…?” Luke asked.
“I’ve been thinking about it for an entire month. Yes, I’m sure.”

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And with that, she kissed him again, and again, and again, and… well… you get the idea…

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After… well.. that, Luke and Susie spent the whole night talking. About how terrified Suse had been after that night on the roof, about their childhood, about failed relationships, about family, about hopes and dreams and all that jazz.

And when morning came, Susie really was sure she had made the right decision. She had to leave though, she had a job waiting.

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But Luke didn’t just want to let her go and risk not hearing from her for yet another month. He also wanted her to know he really was serious about this.

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“Wait! Do you think that maybe… um.. I could perhaps… call you my girlfriend?”steadyYes. It turned out, Susie liked that idea very much indeed.

And with that, November came to an end. The trees had lost almost all their leaves, so it seemed winter was right around the corner. More on that some other time!

November 04: Courtship (Part 1)

You’d think early spring would be the designated time for blooming love, wouldn’t you? Well, it seems for the Sims of Honeycomb Valley, this time was November. Although, in some cases I guess it’s more lust than love and in others the feelings seem to be very one-sided. And then there’s that one couple, in which case we really can call it a courtship… Curious yet? You’ll have to wait just a bit longer, because the first event of SimNovember had nothing what so ever to do with courtship…

Valerie

It may not have had anything to do with courtship, but it did involve love. Two parents loving their daughter. Their one year old daughter to be precise. It was Valerie’s first birthday!

The whole family came over to celebrate Valerie’s first. Evelyn seems much happier about her child’s first birthday than her sister was 2 months ago.

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After blowing out the candles and unwrapping the presents, the family had cake, while cousins Valerie and Vicky played with play dough. Awww, Justin, I can already see it happening… The girls sticking together and Justin being left out…cousins

Of course, cousin Ellie wouldn’t be Ellie if she didn’t get up to some mischief!
(Ellie started to destroy the pumpkin completely autonomously! It made me laugh. So typically Ellie…)

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This made no difference to Valerie, who had a great birthday either way!

Luke

Two weeks had passed since that night Luke spent with Susie on the roof, and even though he couldn’t stop thinking of her while going about his daily business, he hadn’t heard from her since and kept wondering if he’d made a big mistake by kissing her…

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He had sent her a few texts to ask her how she was doing and avoided talking about that kiss. But even a simple “how was work today? :)” didn’t get a reply.

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He asked Boy for advice.
“What do you think I should do? Should I just try and forget about her? Or should I apologise for kissing her? I still really like her, you know…”
Boy just licked his face in response.

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Because talking to Boy didn’t get him a lot of answers, Luke decided to ask Kyra after a rainy riding lesson how her aunt was doing.
“She’s alright,” Kyra said. “She seems a bit distracted lately, but I guess she’s fine.”

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Little did Luke know that Susie had actually spent all her time thinking about that night too. She tried to distract herself by reading and drawing, but it didn’t really work. She got Luke’s texts but couldn’t bring herself to respond to them.
“He’s too young Suse,” she told herself. “It’ll only lead to another broken heart…”

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Rebecca

Hey, look who it is, Amy and John with their eldest and youngest child at the busstop. And with a suitcase even! Rebecca was leaving  for a few days. She was going to visit Ben in his hometown of Bonnie Brae. Of course she wouldn’t technically be staying with Ben! Heavens no, an unmarried woman staying with an unmarried man? No no, John would never allow it and the thought alone made Becca much too scared. She was going to stay with Ben’s eldest sibling; his sister Edith and her family.
(Lucy was at the busstation too, to pick up Nathan, who returned from a brilliant stay with his friend KamKam in Krampouezh. Read all about that here!)

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After a busride, a change from bus to train in Bridgeport (such an awful place, according to Rebecca) and a few more hours on the train, Rebecca arrived in rainy Bonnie Brae*.

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Rebecca’s train was early, so she had to wait a while before Ben and his family arrived. He had brought his parents and Edith with her youngest daughter Matilda.ArrivalRebecca, Ben, Edith and Matilda took a taxi to Edith’s house.

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Rebecca was immediately very impressed by Edith’s house. it felt so warm and cozy! Oh to have a home like this…

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Edith served some coffee and homemade pies and the three adults sat down so Becca and Edith could get better acquainted. coffee
After coffee, Edith gave her guest a tour of the house. First stop: the guestroom, or, for now, Becca’s room! Rebecca could hardly believe it! Her own room! She hadn’t had a room to herself since she was three and Martha was born! And it got even better still, because this room had its very own bathroom!
After showing Rebecca the room she’d be staying in, Edith took her upstairs to show her the rest of the house. Rebecca loved every corner of it, but was most impressed by the bedroom where Edith’s daughter Bethany and Matilda slept. Oh, she couldn’t wait to create a room like that for her own children!roomBen had borrowed his dad’s car and took Rebecca out to see the town.
They stopped at the local pub; The Shepherd and Flock.
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Here, Rebecca met pub owner Hailey who called her “love” and asked her about life “in the city”. Hayley
It was still early, so there weren’t a lot of customers yet. Ben showed Rebecca how to throw darts.
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Rebecca never liked going out in Honeycomb Valley, but this place sure was lovely.
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After an hour or so at the pub, Ben told Rebecca he had another place to show her. They got back in the car and drove to a hill. At the top of that hill, a gorgeous little house was situated.
“This will be my house”, Ben said. “My grandfather used to own a lot of land in Bonnie Brae and he left this house to me.
Becca was speechless. To live in a house like this was something she had always secretly dreamt of…House on the hill
When they returned, Edith was making dinner. Her two eldest children, 7 year old Bethany and 5 year old Ewan, had arrived home as well, as had their dad, Caleb, who was the local grocer.
Rebecca first felt a bit shy in the midst of all these new people, but the anxiety soon settled when they all turned out to be really nice.familylife
Edith had cooked salmon and made pumpkin pie for dessert. It was lovely.

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After dinner it was time for Ben and Rebecca to say goodbye, as Ben would obviously be sleeping at home, with his parents.
When they were hugging goodbye, Ben whispered to Becca; “I really like you, you’re very sweet.” Rebecca couldn’t be happier.he likes herThe next morning, the family had breakfast, just before Caleb went to his grocery store.

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After Bethany and Ewan had also left for school, Rebecca helped Edith in the garden.

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When Ben came over to pick her up, they decided to visit Caleb’s grocery store.grocer

And then went to the monument.

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Rebecca felt sure she could get used to this place (and this boy 😉 )!

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The next day marked the last day of Rebecca’s stay. Edith and Ben had organised a family gathering in the park so Rebecca could meet Ben’s brothers and their wives and kids.

She met Paul and his wife Fiona (who’s very modern, look, she’s wearing trousers instead of skirts!) and Peter and his wife Maggie.meeting the family

They had a great day, luckily the weather was cooperative! gathering

The many toddlers of the family had fun too!

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That evening it was time for Rebecca to return home. Ben, Edith, Bethany, Ewan and Matilda took her to the station.

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Bye bye Matilda!Bye bye matilda

Bye Bethany and Ewan! Bye Edith, thanks for everything!Bye bye kids and Edith

Then Edith and her kids left, giving Ben and Becca a final moment alone.

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Ben hugged Rebecca goodbye and promised to visit her again very soon!Bye bye Ben

Though Ben’s courtship of Rebecca was the best example of courtship of the month, he wasn’t the only one trying to get the girl…

Continue to…part 2

* About Bonnie Brae
Bonnie Brae is my mum’s town. It’s an adapted version of the gorgeous Glen Donnach, which can be downloaded here. Bonnie Brae is a small village in the country where time sort of stood still. Most of its residents are religious (to various degrees) and a bit (or more than a bit) old-fashioned. Obviously this is a place where our Becca feels right at home!
Most of the houses and buildings in Bonnie Brae came with the town, but the pub and grocery store featured in this story were built and decorated by my mum. The house on the hill is built by me and my mum did the landscaping for it. Edith’s house was already there, but I changed the layout a bit and decorated it, after which my mum added a few details.
She’s still very much building the town up and changing little things to her liking, so who knows, maybe there will be much more to see next time we visit.

November 03: Autumn Happenings

It’s been a while, I know. Sometimes this thing called “real life” gets in the way. Shocking, I know. 😉

Either way, here we are again. During the last month of my SimSummer (August), I made a post with all sorts of little stories about things that had happened during the summermonths. Because that worked rather well, I decided to do the same again with for the autumnmonths when the last month of autumn (November) arrived.

Here’s what (some of) my simmies have been doing during the autumn of 03.

An afternoon and an evening with the Masons

Colin, Naomi and Liam are a happy family, but everyone who knows them will be able to tell you the one thing they really really want: another child. However, wanting a child doesn’t always mean getting a child. Especially not in the case of Naomi and Colin. So one Septemberday, Naomi went off to the hospital yet again for another fertility treatment…

Screenshot-115She sat in the waiting room, not all that happy… The treatments didn’t make her feel well and so far it hadn’t worked yet… They had been trying since Liam was only two years old, and by now her boy had already started school! How long would this have to go on for?

Thankfully, Naomi had a great doctor in Aaron Harvey. He always made her feel at ease.

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After the treatment, Naomi went home to lie down for a while before Liam would come home again. She was glad for the fact that Alice had not given her her own class at school this year. Working as a substitute for a year meant it was a bit easier to take a step back every now and then when she felt she needed it.

When the evening fell, she felt a bit better and prepared a nice meal for her family.

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Screenshot-169…while Colin did the washing up and cleaned the counters. He’s a firefighter and he cleans! *Sigh* Hold on to this man, Naomi, hold on!

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When Liam had finished his homework, it was time for bed. He brushed his teeth and mum read him a bedtimestory.

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Screenshot-173Later that night, Naomi and Colin decided to put yet another fertility treatment to the test… It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it…

And! It WORKED! Naomi is pregnant! Hooray! The little Mason baby is expected to arrive in March 04!

A whole bunch of babies for the Robinson sisters

You may remember me mentioning somewhere how sisters Annabel and Evelyn were both pregnant. Annabel for the third time and Evelyn for the first time. Annabel was due in early autumn (September), her sister in November.

For the Griffiths family, a new addition meant they had to move house. Their old home was quickly sold and they bought a very nice new place on the next street over.

The whole family quickly settled in their new home.

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The girls each got their own bedroom, they had shared one ever since Ellie was born.

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Meet Justin and Vicky!

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Two months later, Justin and Vicky had a little cousin…

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They took her home where new mum Evelyn put her in her brand new crib.

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Julian’s 1st birthday

In October there was a little party at the Marshall residence. Baby Julian was no longer a baby! It was his very first birthday!

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After cake and presents, Erin took her son for a stroll.

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The weather was quite good this October, so they walked all the way through to Bumblebee Quarter, where Erin had a great idea; wouldn’t it be nice to have their family picture taken? She quickly called up her husband and asked him to come meet her at the photostudio.

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Even though Kyle apparently had a problem with the place, photographer Gareth Magee knew what he was doing and took this familyportrait:

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Jasper and Eva

Just to show it wasn’t all baby this past autumn, here are two pictures to show what happened between Jasper Adams and Eva Wyler

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“Jasper, how would you like it if…”

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“…my house became your house too?”

It turned out Jasper liked that very much actually!

And with that, the autumn came to an end. Despite the warm autumn weather, snow started to fall the moment December came knocking. But more on that another time!