December 05: Come Together (Pt. 1)

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

Home for the holidays

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

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

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At the corner of City Hall they said their goodbyes…

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…and went their separate ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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“Don’t worry lovely, it’ll be okay…”

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

A few days earlier…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jill and Finn

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

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

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

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

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

Jill was pleased to see her little brother too.

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

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

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

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“Yeah” Finn grinned “She is.”

A few weeks earlier…

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

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

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

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“Of course I would!”

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

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

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“Well, yes, actually…”

A few weeks earlier…

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

“What are you watching?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“And we’ve been dating ever since!”

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

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

Continue to…

part 2

September 05: A Little Bit of Everything (Pt. 1)

*** It’s been two and a half years since my last update. Real life took priority over, well, pretty much everything. Those of you who know me personally or follow me on Tumblr will know that since my last post on here, I’ve been pregnant and had a baby boy (July 2015). They say little babies sleep a lot, but this wasn’t true for mine. When he was a baby, he took short naps lasting 40 minutes tops. Since it takes half an hour to start up Honeycomb Valley, playing during naps was not possible and in the evenings I couldn’t concentrate on the game anymore. My son is now a walking and talking 1,5 year old who takes only one nap a day, but since this nap lasts around 2 hours now, I get a chance to play again. Expect slow progress, but yes, things will happen again. Hooray! ***

Did you know time is a strange thing in the Sim Universe? While time went on in towns like Sandy Valley and Bimlico, it was like someone had frozen Honeycomb Valley at the end of August 05. How very weird. And yet, the Sims of Honeycomb Valley had no idea of any of this and when September finally rolled around, they went about their business as if nothing had happened. As for that September, ah well, it was a little bit of everything.

The very first day

On the morning of the first day of the new schoolyear, Benjamin was making breakfast. This year it was a very special first day, as Ethan, who turned 5 in June, was finally starting school. Finally, because he had been looking forward to it for so long now.

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And sure enough, Ethan was out of bed as soon as he had opened his eyes that morning. Yay! School!

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The whole Anderson family enjoyed the breakfast dad had prepared and then it was off to school!

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A big hug for mum Grace, as Benjamin would take Isa and Ethan to school, seeing how he had to go there himself as well anyway.

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Ethan was proud to go to school on his new bike.andersons-off-to-school

SCHOOL!! Isa looks less excited… Maybe this has to do with the fact her friend Liam has moved on to Class 2, while she has another year in Class 1 ahead…

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Another family getting ready for their very first day of school in Honeycomb Valley was the Quinn family.

While the kids had breakfast, Tiana said goodbye to her husband, who would be gone for a few days, flying abroad.

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Jada put on her new clothes in her favourite colour and hoped she’d make a good impression on her classmates in Class 6.

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Finn had offered to meet Jada in front of the school, so she wouldn’t have to go in by herself. Such a gentleman.

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But Rachel wasn’t best pleased to see Finn and Jada together when she entered the class.

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Thankfully Sadie was there so she could utter her frustration whilst Jada was chatting to Finn.

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“Why, Sadie? Why do I always have to stand by and watch Finn with another girl? When he broke up with your sister I thought I’d finally get my chance. I mean, he put his arm around me for the school pictures back in May. And then at prom he chatted to me for at least ten minutes! And now she’s here and I’m back in second place…”

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“Rach” Sadie sighed. “Finn is your FRIEND. And maybe, now we’re in Class 6, the time has come to accept the fact that that is what he is, your FRIEND. And also, from the looks of it, Jada and he are also just friends.”

It was unfortunate that only the last part of that sentence was the part that stuck with Rachel…

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The youngest member of the Quinn clan had also started her day in Class 2. And look who she’s sitting next to…
The looks these two were exchanging can only mean trouble…

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And it seemed Ruth had caught their eye…

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When it was time for recess, Ruth went up to Ellie to ask her if she wanted to play with her outside. Ruth had only had boys in her class last year and figured now that there were finally some girls, she would have more playmates.
She soon learnt this assumption had been very wrong.
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“You don’t seriously think I’m going to play with YOU, do you. I don’t play with girls in ugly skirts!”

Once she came downstairs, Ellie told Aliyah all about the crazy thing Ruth had just asked her. Aliyah thought it was quite hilarious indeed.

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But Ruth wasn’t going to give up that easily. When she saw Ellie and Aliyah playing on the swing, she again tried to join them.

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Aliyah would have none of it.

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“Are you really that dumb? We don’t want to play with a girl who wears baby pigtails! Hahaha!”

Things were better over at the high school building. Malik and Logan were fast becoming great friends, spending their recess chatting and laughing together. And look, there’s Zoe on her first day as a high school student, reunited with her best friend Emily.

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These two boys are meant to be best friends, I’m sure!

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Since they were having so much fun, Logan invited Malik to come over after school so they could hang out some more. Malik of course agreed.new-best-mates

And so it happened. After school, Logan and Malik got together to read comics…

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.. and play videogames! Geek heaven!nerd-fun

Henry’s big plan

It was known all around Honeycomb Valley that mayor Henry Newman was nowhere near finished with his project “Greenify Honeycomb Valley”. The Greenery had turned out to be a great success, both for the economy and for Henry’s reputation (and for the size of my save file) as had the renovation of the park. Further steps were now required. There had been talk of large buildings, such as the University and the hospital, being demolished and/or relocated elsewhere, but exact details were blurry and it also quite worried residents. Where would they go if they got ill? What would happen to their businesses? But Henry had a plan and in the second week of September he presented this plan to his council.

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Not far from Honeycomb Valley, only right over the hill, lays a small town known as Stonehill. Despite it once being a great place to live, it suffered from the big economic crash that occured some 20 odd years ago and is now a deserted ghosttown full of rundown buildings. It seems there are still some people living there, but they’re up to no good.

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Henry told his council he had been granted permission to annex the little ghosttown and make it part of Honeycomb Valley. The town would be renamed and cleaned up. henry-presentation-1

As Henry showed slides of the current state of the town, it became clear to everyone in the room a clean up was definitely necessary.henry-presentation-2

Deserted streets, overgrown parks and derelict buildings…

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Henry further explained his plans for the town. It would be geared towards students and young professionals. The University would be placed there as well as lots of businesses now located in Honeycomb Valley.

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After Henry was done with his presentation, the council got a chance to ask questions and give their view on things.

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David wanted to know what the precise connection with Honeycomb Valley would be. Henry explained the town would be part of Honeycomb Valley in the sense it would share facilities “and a mayor!” He laughed. There would be a fast and direct underground line between the two towns, but the new town would be known by its own name.

greenify-meeting“Will there be schools for children and teens as well?”  Katie asked

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“No,” Henry answered. “For now, The Beehive will provide education for children and teens from both towns. If we place a primary and high school in the new town as well as a University, there’s a chance more and more young families will move there, and we risk Honeycomb Valley becoming a town with only ageing population. A schoolbus service will run from the new town to The Beehive.”

Renovation work in the new town would soon start.

Students to be

Meanwhile, five students to be had no idea about the plans for the new town and the University to be build there. As far as Daniel, James, Seth, Sarah and Jill knew, next month they would start their student lives at HVU and they were very excited. Even though classes wouldn’t start until October, today they’d get a tour of the University by a current student.

But first, coffee!

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Coffee in the park on a nice sunny autumn day.

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The five friends arrived well on time and were chatting away rather excitingly while waiting for their guide to arrive. students-to-be

The guide turned out to be third year science student Narai Walker.

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James immediately started chatting to Narai.

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First stop was the library. While Narai told James about HVU’s music department, I caught Jill glancing their way… Still hung up on James, Jill, or could you have been checking someone else out…?university-library-tour

After their tour of the University, Narai took our prospective students to another very important student venue: The Bumblebee!

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And even though Narai himself has visited The Bumblebee quite a few times over the past years, it seems he also spotted something new here today…

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While Dan and Jill discovered the pub…

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… Seth and Sarah found a very interesting place to have a little flirt…

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Even more happened in September, find out in…

part 2

Aliyah Quinn

Aliyah Quinn

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The youngest member of the Quinn family is Aliyah. She was born when her brother and sister were already 7 and 10 years old so she has always been the baby of the family and is maybe just a tad spoiled… Aliyah may look all innocent with her big brown eyes and cute floral dresses, but looks can be deceiving, and in Aliyah’s case they certainly are. Aliyah loves getting up to all kinds of mischief and pretty much terrorised her neighbourhood back in Bridgeport. And now she lives in Honeycomb Valley. Next door to Ellie… Brace yourself…

Personal

Age: Child
Born: May 1998
Traits: Hot headed, rebellious, loves the heat
Job: –

Relationships

FatherShawn
MotherTiana
Siblings: JadaMalik
Partner: –
Children: –
Other family: –
Best friend(s): –
Romance history: –

Stories

In bold where this sim has a main part.
* August 05: Coffee and Ice cream
* September 05: A Little Bit of Everything

Malik Quinn

Malik Quinn

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For as long as he can remember, Malik has loved comic books! And gaming! He also loves gaming! Oh, and movies! Especially superhero movies! Malik has a blog on which he reviews movies and games and comic books. All his passions combined.

Personal

Age: Teen
Born: January 1991
Traits: Computer whiz, bookworm, friendly, loves the heat
Job: –

Relationships

FatherShawn
MotherTiana
Siblings: Jada, Aliyah
Partner: –
Children: –
Other family: –
Best friend(s): Back in Bridgeport, this was a guy called Tom.
Romance history: Malik has never had a girlfriend. He had a crush on a girl back in Bridgeport, but she never showed any interest in him.

Stories

In bold where this sim has a main part.
* August 05: Coffee and Ice cream
* September 05: A Little Bit of Everything

Jada Quinn

Jada Quinn

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Jada is a cool chick. She’s very social and likes to be challenged. Jada doesn’t shy away from a little adventure and knows what she wants. She also loves shoes, but it’s hard to say which type of shoes she likes best; heels! Or trainers! Or maybe boots! Or, no wait, maybe heels! No, boots! No…

Personal

Age: Teen
Born: October 1987
Traits: Brave, irresistible, loves the heat, social butterfly
Job: –

Relationships

FatherShawn
MotherTiana
SiblingsMalik, Aliyah
Partner: –
Children: –
Other family: –
Best friend(s): Back in Bridgeport, this was a girl called Hailey.
Romance history: In Bridgeport Jada had an on again-off again relationship with a guy called Fraz.

Stories

Tiana Quinn

Tiana Quinn

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Tiana loves to sing. And she’s quite good at it too! Before the family moved from Bridgeport, Tiana was a background singer to several big sim singers and had a role in several musicals too. She wanted to get away from the big city though and live somewhere a tad more relaxed to spend more time with her husband and kids and doing something else she loves just as much as singing: cooking! So she and her family ended up in Honeycomb Valley.

Personal

Age: Adult
Born: December 1964
Traits: Artistic, good sense of humor, loves the heat, natural born performer, natural cook
Job: Singer

Relationships

Father: Mr. Cole
Mother: Mrs. Cole
Siblings: –
PartnerShawn (husband)
Children: Jada, Malik, Aliyah
Other family: –
Best friend(s):
Romance history: Tiana and Shawn have known each other since University. They both lived in the same student dorm.

Stories

In bold where this sim has a main part.
* August 05: Coffee and Ice cream