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.
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.
At the corner of City Hall they said their goodbyes…
…and went their separate ways.
Seth and Jill continued on a bit further together and said goodbye at the busstation.
“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.
Meanwhile, James and Sarah had also made it home. The were greeted by their dad.
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.
“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.
But when they got to his room, the sadness she had been feeling over the last few months, caught up with her again…
“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…”
“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…”
“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…”
“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.
And now they were back in Honeycomb Valley, determined to make their relationship work.
“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.
“You must be Finn‘s sister!” She said.
“Hi, yes, I’m Jill. You live next door, don’t you?”
“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…”
“Girlfriend.” A voice said. ” Hey sis, good to have you back.”
Jill was pleased to see her little brother too.
While Jill went to take her coat off, Finn said goodbye to Jada.
After pouring themselves some hot beverages, the Richardson siblings had a catch up…
“So Finny, did I hear you say ‘girlfriend’?
“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.
After a while though, Jada decided it was time to go.
“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?”
“Of course I would!”
“And so then she was my girlfriend” Finn smirked. “And then we went up to her house and w…”
“WOAH! Stop!” Jill interrupted her brother. “I really don’t need to know what happened there!”
“So how about you, sis? Anything new with you?”
“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.
“What are you watching?”
“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…”
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.
But once the show ended, Narai had a question to ask, which he hoped she would hear.
“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?”
“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!
After dinner Narai took Jill skating on the ice skating rink at the square.
“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…
“And we’ve been dating ever since!”
“Wow! So is he officially your boyfriend now?”
“I don’t even know! We have fun, but I don’t know if I’d call him my boyfriend yet…”