December 05: Come Together (Pt. 2)

Back to…part 1

 

About the band…

While Jill had been talking to her brother, Daniel had also arrived home. Mum Claire was very happy to see him.

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They soon sat down with some coffee.

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“So, how’s uni, dear, how are you doing? And how are your friends?”

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“Uni is good mum. Hard work, but good, I’m having a blast. It’s a bit difficult being away from Sadie though. And as for my friends… well…

A week earlier…

One snowy morning, after a huge dorm snowball fight, James, Seth and Daniel were having a chat…49

“Guys.” James said, “About the band. I was thinking of looking for a new female lead. What with the three of us being here and Sadie being all the way in The Valley, we hardly get a chance to rehearse. I feel bad for her, because she’s great, but I think we should let her go.”
Daniel obviously did not agree, but tried to reason with James…

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“I see your point, but we haven’t really given it a shot, have we. I mean, let’s first plan a few rehearsal dates and see how it goes. We can’t just dump her, she’d be devastated!”

But James wasn’t amused by this response.

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“I knew you wouldn’t agree! Just because she’s girlfriend! We have to think about the band, Dan! It’s not about you and whoever you’re shagging, nor is it about how she feels! It’s about our future!”

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“Are you serious James…? This is how you want it to be?”

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“You really have no idea what it’s like to be in an adult relationship, do you James? You know what, if this is how it’s going to be, then maybe I shouldn’t be in the band anymore either!”

At this point Seth decided to step in…

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“I understand you’re upset, Dan, but don’t say anything you’ll regret…”

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“No! I’ve had it! I’m done! If this is how it’s going to be, count me out!”
And with that, Dan marched inside.56

“Can you believe him!” James exclaimed to Seth.
“Why, YES, I can actually James!” Seth retorted. “How can you just spring something like that on him? Do you know you’re basically asking him to choose between the band and his girlfriend? If you’d do that to me, I’d be gone too!”

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“Pfff, dramatic much? I’m not asking him to CHOOSE anything! Seems like I’m the only one here who actually CARES about The Hot Wings!

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“We might as well call it quits and I’ll just start a new band with people who have their priorities straight!”59

“And Seth told me that’s when James stormed off. The next day Sadie arrived and I haven’t talked to James anymore. I didn’t say anything to Sadie, since she was already a bit sad…”

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“Oh dear…” Claire said “Are you and James going to be okay? I mean, we are celebrating Christmas with them tomorrow…”
“I know mum, and I won’t pick a fight or anything. We’ll see how it goes…”

At that point Daniel was interrupted by a voice saying “There’s my boy!” Oliver was home.

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“Hi dad, how’s it going?”

Christmas at Patty’s

The next morning, Christmas day, Patty and Sarah were up early to prepare everything for the big Christmas dinner they were having that night.

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That afternoon, all the tables were set, all the food was prepared, and everyone was wearing their finest outfits. It wasn’t long until the family arrived. Seth, being Sarah’s boyfriend, was the first to arrive, soon followed by Oliver, Claire and Daniel. Eva, Patty’s eldest child, came last, along with boyfriend Jasper.

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Once all the presents were gathered and everyone had a beverage and something to eat, Eva had something she wanted to share with her family…

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“You know how all the lakes have frozen over? Well three days ago, Jasper and I went ice skating…”

Three days earlier…

Eva had been really surprised when Jasper asked her to come ice skating that morning. Knowing how clumsy she was, Jasper usually didn’t dare to take her out doing something like that. It was lovely though. They went up to the highest lake in all of Honeycomb Valley and it was completely deserted.

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After skating for a while, Jasper had another surprise for Eva: He had arranged a balloon flight over Honeycomb Valley! How exciting! Eva still remembered the balloon flight they had on their holiday to Monte Vista, a year ago. It had been a lot of fun and although this flight would be a lot colder than that one had been, it would most likely just as much fun!66

They had been enjoying the scenery for a while, when Jasper suddenly turned to Eva.

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“My darling Eva, a year ago we took a balloon flight in Monte Vista and it was right then and there I decided there would come a day when I’d do this. Because of my studies, it wasn’t the right time then, but it is now…”

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“What… what are you doing, Jas…?”

But as soon as she uttered that question, Eva realised what was going on!

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She was of course right!

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“Eva Wyler, love of my life…”

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“Will you marry me?”

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“YES!”

And so, Jasper and Eva got engaged.

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And now they could finally tell the family!

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“It was soooo hard not to call you all straight away! But we figured it’d be best to tell you at Christmas! The wedding will be in May! We’re telling Jasper’s family tomorrow, so shhhh!”

After Eva and Jasper’s big news, it was present time. Most gifts were very much appreciated.

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Then dinner was served. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

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After dinner, Seth and James had a chat.

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“It’s good I’m catching you alone man”, James said. “I’ve been meaning to talk to you. Did you know Jill and Narai are doing it?”
“Sarah might have mentioned something, yeah… How do you know?”
“Well…”

A few days earlier…

“…I had gone to your room to return that book I borrowed and when I walked out the door, I bumped into her…”

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“James!”
“Jill! Well, well, well… ‘studying’, were you?”

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“Uhm… Yeah… well… no… uhmm…”

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“Good for you, Jilly! Told you he liked you!”

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“Yeah, you did… thanks… I guess”

While James told Seth about his awkward hallway encounter with Jill, his sisters were having a chat of their own.

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“That’s so great, you’re getting married Eve! I’m so happy for you! And maybe a little bit jealous…”

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“Aww thanks, and don’t be jealous, your day will come. You and Seth still seem to be going well?”

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“Yes, he’s great. And we’re happy together. I really am lucky to have him.”

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“Good! And how about our brother? Has he found love yet?”

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“Love? James? No, our James doesn’t seem to be looking for love… But don’t you worry about him, he’s having a blast…”

“He’s picking up girls everywhere… At the record shop…”

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“…at the gym…”

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“And well, let me just say, I’m glad my room isn’t next to his, because he sure isn’t using it to sleep in!”

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“I do hope he’s careful though…”
“I do too, Eve”, Sarah sighed, “I do too.”

Meanwhile, James had noticed his cousin had gone outside and felt he had something to set straight with him…

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“Hey. Can I join you?”
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“Look Dan, I’m sorry… It wasn’t fair of me to spring this whole band thing on you… Seth and I talked about it afterwards and I see now how I put you in a difficult position with Sadie…”

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“It’s just… I care about The Hot Wings… And we were doing so well! And since we started Uni, it’s like… we’re losing it… I don’t want that… So I thought, maybe, if we have a new female lead, we’d be able to rehearse a bit more and just start things up again. But then Seth said The Hot Wings wouldn’t even be The Hot Wings without Sadie and if that means losing you too, then, well, what’s left then?”
“I care about the band too, James… And I don’t want to leave… I also really do get your point, I do, but can’t we just start looking for another solution before we start kicking people out? I mean, things have been a bit crazy since we started Uni, and maybe now that the first exams are behind us and we’re all settled in, we can find a way to make it work after all.”

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“So, we’re good?”
“We’re good, James”
And with that, the Christmas party had come to an end. Soon it would be January. A new year, with, undoubtedly, many new adventures!

P.s.

Meet little Louise Bennett! Born just a few days before Christmas! Susie and Luke couldn’t be happier!

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And meet Isaac Brown! Ex-Honeycomb resident Rebecca gave birth to her first child this December as well! Although her joy was slightly overshadowed by the fact her sister is of course still missing…99

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

Honeycomb University – Student Residence A

Student Residence A – HU, Honeycomb Hills

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Who lives here?

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House Tour

Entrance

Near the entrance is a small office where the deans have (limited) office hours during the week. This way they’re close by for students who have urgent questions.

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Library

The student residence also has a library, spread out over all three floors. But that sounds bigger than it actually is.

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Wash room

A wash room for the students who don’t bring their laundry home to mum.

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Common room and kitchen

The common room has a seating area, a tv, a pool table, a kitchen with two fridges, and tables where the students can eat their meals. They have to prepare these themselves though!

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Corridors

The corridors are nothing special, but I love the feel of them. On each floor there are four doors leading to four bedrooms which are designed to each be shared by two students.

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Room 1

Room 1 currently houses Chris and James. Both music students, they moved the furniture around to make room for their instruments.
The first two pictures show Chris’ side of the room, the next two show James’ side.

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Room 2

Room 2 currently sleeps Mia and Nina. The bed with purple bedding is Mia’s and the pink is Nina’s. Room 2 - Mia-Nina

Room 3

Room 3 is home to Daniel and Seth. Their room needed to also have space for Dan’s drums, which they have created. The pictures above their beds show who sleeps where. ūüôā

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Room 4

Harry and Narai are the current occupants of room 4. They were already roommates in their old student home in Honeycomb Valley and have grown accustomed to sharing with one another. They placed their desks together to create a bigger workplace.
Photography fanatic Harry put pictures over his bed which he took himself, while geeky Narai went for posters to show his love of vintage videogames.

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Room 5

One floor up, we find room 5. Best friends Jill and Sarah share this room. They went all out trying to make it homely, adding plants, cushions and lots of pictures. Including one of them together as kids, as can be seen on the bookcase in picture 4. The bed underneath the Titanic poster is Jill’s. Although that might be clear seeing how Sarah obviously put a picture of her and Seth over her bed.

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Room 6 and 7

Room 6 and 7 are currently unoccupied and show how the student rooms look before students put their own stamp on it. Each room holds two beds with blue (university colour) blankets, two bookcases, two desks and chairs and two wardrobes. Students are allowed to move furniture around as they please and to add what they like, but they are not allowed to dispose of furniture already in the room. Pictures can be hung on the walls using no screw picture hanging strips, which the university can provide for a fee.
The images below are of room 7, but room 6 is similar.

Basic bedroom (room 7)

Room 8

Room 8 is currently the place where Anna and Suzan will spend their student years. They used one bookcase for books and the other for shoes. Anna’s bed is pictured on teh first picture below and Suzan’s on the third.

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Shared bathrooms

There’s one bathroom between two bedrooms, which the students staying in those bedrooms share. In each bathroom there are two toilet cubicles and two showers. So it could well be that you have to wait your turn in the morning. Students are required to keep their bathrooms (and the rest of the house for that matter) clean themselves.

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Overview

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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

Seth Murray

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Seth is a genuinely nice guy. He doesn’t judge people and is always ready to lend a helping hand. When he runs into someone he knows on the streets, he always stops to have a chat and he has a great bond with his sisters. Seth is musical and enthusiastic and loves to have a little jam session with his best friends Daniel and James. The three boys have their own band, which they named The Hot Wings. In June 05 Seth graduated from high school with honours and started university later that year where he majors in medicine. Seth really wants to be a doctor, just like his mum.

Personal

Age: Young Adult
Born: December 1985
Traits: Athletic, friendly, excitable, loves the outdoors
Job: None, medicine student at HU

Relationships

Father: Elliot
Mother: Hannah
Siblings: Rachel, Ruby
Partner: Sarah
Children: ‚Äď
Other family: Adrian (uncle)
Best friend(s): Daniel, James (and Sarah and Jill)
Romance history: Seth and Sarah have been friends since they were kids, but in the autumn of 03 their relationship evolved. On New Year’s Eve of that year, Seth officially asked Sarah to be his girlfriend and they have been together ever since.

Stories

In bold where this sim has a main part

* October 03: The Harvest Festival
* October 03: Dan and Jill’s 18th Birthday
* December 03: Happy New Year
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June 04: School’s Out!
* September 04: Brand New
* December 04: …and a Happy New Year!
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 January 05: Ice, Ice Baby
* June 05: Growing Up
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September 05: A Little Bit of Everything
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October 05: Moving On
* November 05: To the Hills!
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December 05: Come Together

The students of the A-residence

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On the campus of Honeycomb University in Honeycomb Hills there are two student residences, the A- and B-residence. These are the students currently living in the A-residence. Click their names to visit their personal pages.

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The A- and B-residence are identical, but located on different parts of the University campus. The A-residence can be toured here.

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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

June 05: Growing Up (Part 3)

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Just us

While Ryan, Joshua, Zoe and Chantal were just starting their teenage years, for another group of friends those years were nearly over. ¬†Just the prom and graduation left, and then they would officially be young adults. But this prom tonight was something Seth, James, Daniel, Sarah and Jill were not looking forward to. Sure, Dan could dance with Sadie, but did you know The Hot Wings weren’t even allowed to play this year? Elliot had decided to hire a deejay and the boys were not amused. And then there was obviously the part where they would be a bunch of 19/20 year olds amidst lots of 12, 13 and 14 year olds. No, the prom wasn’t very appealing.

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“So, why don’t we just, not go?”¬†Sarah suggested.¬†“I mean, it’s technically our last night as teens as we’ll graduate the next day. I for one would love to spend it with just us instead of at the lame prom. I was thinking, how about we just get together and camp out for the night?”

The others agreed with her and liked her idea of going camping together, although Daniel had to think of Sadie for a second. She wouldn’t be pleased having to spend her prom without him. But then again, she would probably understand, wouldn’t she?

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“Ooooh!”¬†Jill exclaimed,¬†“You know what we should do then? We should go firewalking! I saw this documentary the other day about how in other cultures people go firewalking kind of like a ‘coming of age’ thing, like a rite of passage into adulthood. We should totally try that!”

The boys thought this whole “coming of age, rite of passage” mambo jambo was a bit out there, but walking on a bunch of hot coals did seem quite cool, so they agreed it would be kind of awesome.

Sarah and Jill told the boys they would take care of food for the night and went straight to Jill’s house to start cooking.
These two both love cooking and especially love cooking together. Their dream is to open a restaurant, or a bistro, or a pastry shop or any other food establishment together one day after university.cook

On his way to the woods where they would camp out, Daniel did stop by City Hall to see his girlfriend and wish her a great prom night. When he saw how beautiful she looked, he almost changed his mind.
Daniel had already called Sadie previously to explain the situation and while Sadie was of course understanding of him wanting to spent his last night as a teenager with his best friends, she also felt a bit sad since this would be her first prom with a boyfriend and now said boyfriend was not going…sorry I can't stay

While Sadie and Dan took their time for their goodbye, Rachel was getting agitated. Didn’t Sadie notice Finn was already going in?! She needed to be where Finn was so he could finally go ahead and start falling in love with her.

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But Sadie and Dan were too caught up in each other to notice Finn.finn going in

Jill and Sarah had not only provided food for the night, they also brought along flowers and a bunch of christmas lights to hang between the trees and set the mood.
When Seth and James had made a fire and Daniel finally arrived too, it was time for some hamburgers and hotdogs!

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The fire needed to be big, so James added a bit more wood.

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After a couple of hours of laughter and chats, they decided the time had come for this whole “rite of passage” firewalking thing Jill had been talking about.

She explained to them how it worked. In foreign exotic cultures, the boy or girl on the verge of adulthood would take a walk across the burning coals whilst being encouraged by loved ones. If he or she would make it through to the end, the others would cheer and congratulate them and then they would be considered to be an adult.
Afterwards a change of clothes would be necessary, because the soot from the coals would really make your clothes quite dirty.
James was the first one brave enough to take a firewalk.James firewalk

Yay for James!
His sister went next! Sarah felt a bit scared at first, but pushed through and made it to the end.Sarah firewalk

Yay Sarah!
Then Daniel had a go. He too seemed a bit fearful…

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But made it to the end very proudly!Dan firewalk

Yay Daniel!
Jill went next. She had no fear and had been looking forward to this.Jill firewalk

Yay Jill!
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Yay Seth!

After this event and a change of clothes, even the boys had to admit, this firewalking thing did indeed have an effect and they really felt they had now left their teenage years behind them.
Time for pie!

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After which Daniel told a ghost story. Only Jill and James listened though, because Sarah and Seth had a private moment.

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He loves her. ūüôā

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Soon, the two lovebirds joined their friends to listen to the story Dan was telling. It was pretty scary!Screenshot-261

After the story was over, Jill thought it would be funny to scare James a bit more.scare

It worked! And Seth thought that was pretty hilarious.

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Sarah tossed a tube of something sparkly on the fire (no idea where she got that from, but okay…)

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Then she tried to take a selfie with her boyfriend, but failed.

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And this is the result!selfie

The had their private party for hours more, but around 4 they felt it was finally time to sleep, seeing how they did have a graduation to go to tomorrow. Jill went into a tent, but James and Daniel were tough and slept outside.

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And Seth and Sarah… Well…

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The next morning, Seth, Sarah, Jill and Daniel were all dressed and ready when James was still sleeping. He eventually woke up with a tan though!

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Graduation

The graduation of this class 6 (yes, Suzan aged up too, after all she too is part of this class even if she’s not part of the group of friends), was the first graduating class under headmaster Elliot. And so, he got to hold his first graduation speech too. For the class of his own son. He felt pretty good about that.

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Elliot, being a bit more modern than Alice had been, had also decided the cap and gown thing was no longer necessary and the ex-students could come in their own clothes.

He gave a good speech, although I’m not sure everyone is paying attention.
Oh, and do you see Patty there, front row? James and Sarah are graduating, which means that after 22 years (when Eva first started school), Patty will leave the parenting committee. Don’t tell her, but everyone at The Beehive, including her eldest daughter, is secretly glad to see her go. She was walking around school like she owned the place…Graduation speech

Final picture of the graduates!

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We wish you the best of luck in your adult lives, darlings!

June 05: Growing up (Part 1)

June in Honeycomb Valley was all about growing up. For some it even felt like the end of an era. And maybe it was…

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The first one to grow up this month was Ethan. Ben and Grace were happy they managed to complete everything regarding the move before Ethan’s birthday. They were also happy to have that big field outside their house where they could celebrate their son’s fifth birthday party.

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They had invited all the neighbours and of course their friends and family.

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Benjamin had to get out his guitar to set the mood. Morgan seemed to really love it!

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Cake time!
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Just like his sister last year, Ethan was allowed to put on his new birthday clothes after blowing out the candles. And they all had cake.

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One of Ethan’s first actions as a five year old was hitting Chloe with a water balloon. Way to make friends Ethan! (She laughed about it ūüėČ )Screenshot-185

Isa had a present for  her brother. A wildflower she picked herself earlier that day. He was very happy with it.prezzie

Isa wanted to play catch with cousin Esme.Screenshot-192But Esme threw the ball so fast, it hit Isa in the face each time.

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She then decided it would be better to play with her brother.

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The party on the field lasted all day. It was a lovely birthday.

Exams!

The end of the school year was fast approaching and with it came final exams for all students whom were leaving this year. Last year, only two students in class 6 had been old enough to leave high school, but this year, the entire class 6 would graduate

And final exams meant a LOT of studying!

Friends James, Sarah, Daniel, Jill and Seth had a study day in the park.

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Ellie! You can walk ANYWHERE! Why choose this place exactly?! *Sigh*…

After some time though, they did take a study break.

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They threw water balloons (it was really hot!) and tossed a ball around

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Hopefully, after this day they were fully prepared, because only a few days later, exam time was upon them…

It was long and hard…

examsAnd this is what they scored*:

Daniel: 1417
James: 1685
Jill: 1521
Sarah: 1630
Seth: 2010
Suzan: 1358

* Read more about what their scores mean in my Education post here.

Seth did amazingly well! Suzan didn’t do too great… Although she technically scored enough to both graduate and go to University, being the granddaughter of ex-principal Alice, more was expected of her. But then again, Suzan never really took school very seriously and her goal was to just score enough points to get out of there. She missed her partner in crime, Anna, who would be¬†-thank heavens- coming back to Honeycomb Valley this summer. Suzan had been part of her only little clique consisting of Wesley, Anna, Emmett and herself, but the others were all older and had left school in previous years. She totally did not fit in with this bunch…

***Note: a funny thing to mention is that all three “Hot Wings” boys scored full marks on the “arts” part of the test. Jill, who cooks a lot, also got full marks here and Sarah, who also cooks, scored 345 out of 400***

Last Day

While temperatures rose, the last day of the school year arrived. Last year, the kids of The Beehive had a party on the beach. This year they would have their celebration in the park again.

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Ah! Look what we have here! Ellie’s favourite: apple bobbing!

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Ellie was determined to win this year!

She was up against Nathan, Ruth and Riley.

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Nope.
Keep trying EllieBellie!

It was a fun morning of playing.

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While his brother played on the bee riders with little Isa.

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Megan and Liam had a water balloon fight!fight

The last day wasn’t just fun for the kids though, the teachers enjoyed themselves too! That’s it girls, never grow up!Screenshot-79Meanwhile, classmates Zoe and Chantal were talking. It was almost time for them to get changed into their costumes and they were both getting a bit nervous…

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Oh, you’re wondering what they are so nervous for and why they had to change? Well, this is such a story, it required its own part of¬†this¬†story. And so, let’s read all about it in…

part 2

January 05: Ice Ice Baby (Pt.2)

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In the next few weeks there were more and more people all over town who tried on their ice skates. This was not without reason! At the end of the month there would be an ice skating event on the canals! Lots of people, such as Lexie, wanted to gain some skills before this day.

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After School

Two and a half weeks into January there was something buzzing at The Beehive. Someone, in some class had the idea to visit the lake at the waterfall this afternoon. Apparently it was frozen over. That hardly ever happened! So the news went round and more and more people adopted the plan to visit the lake after school that afternoon.

It sure was busy!

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Groups of friends, parents with young children, couples, it almost seemed like everyone was there!

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Seth was being very careful…

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…but he still needs a bit of practice…

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The highschool seniors, Seth, James, Daniel, Jill and Sarah, have been this group of friends ever since they were 5. Suzan is also a highschool senior, but she has always been part of a different “group” and is quite a different type of person anyway. But these five have been friends (and as we all know, in some cases a bit more than that) for ages. This year is the last year they’ll enter as teens, as they’ll all graduate high school this June. But it’s not June yet, it’s January. And after the afternoon on the ice, this group of friends decided to spend a bit more time together and go out for pizza.

pizzaJill took the fact James sat next to her to mean something, but he seemed to just have a fun night of food and chats.

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After pizza they also went to the cinema. Seth had to go home though, which was too bad.
It was very quiet in the cinema. Probably because it was so cold outside.

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When they chatted for a bit after the movie, Daniel seemed very distracted by his phone…

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The Ice Skating Contest

On the last saturday of January it was time for the Ice Skating Contest on the canals. We meet Daniel again, as he and Sadie had agreed to meet early that morning on the playpark halfway between their houses, before going to the canals. Whatever it was between them was still just between them (well, and Esme and Martha, who saw them kissing on NYE and obviously Rachel, who Sadie had already told, but hey) and so they still met in secret.

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They were happy to see each other.morning date

Daniel was so happy even, he felt his dream came true. Awww…
(Isn’t this just the cutest moodlet?)¬†

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Down by the canals it soon got very busy. Stands had been put up where people could help themselves to hot chocolate or soup to keep warm.
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Dylan and Amelia, being the town’s most “famous” sports personalities, were going to judge the event.

Everyone was allowed to skate on the canals freely, but Dylan and Amelia would be watching closely and choosing winners in three categories:
– Best spin
– Best backwards skating
– Best couples spin

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Soon, lots of people were skating. Some  really good, others not so much, but at least everyone was having fun.

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After 2 hours of watching the skaters, the judges headed over to the pancake house at the top of the canals to discuss what they had seen.Screenshot-193

Meanwhile, I caught a certain young lady destroying a snow angel by the side of the canal… Oh Ellie

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The scores are in! People gathered in front of the pancake house to hear Dylan announce the winners…

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In the category “Best spin”, the winner is…

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Luke Bennett! For both his skill and the fact that he wasn’t distracted by people falling all around him.

In the category “Best backwards skating”, the winner is…

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Ruby Murray! For daring to skate backwards even on busier spots of the canal and doing so without bumping into anyone!

And finally,in the category “Best couples spin”, the winners are…

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Brother and sister Jake and Abbey Atkins! For being fluent and synchronised!

Winners group picture time!

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In the midst of all this business, Sarah pulled her cousin apart.

“Look Dan”,¬†she said,¬†“I have to ask you. You’ve been acting a bit… weird lately. You’re so distracted and sometimes we just can’t reach you at all. I was beginning to get worried, but earlier this afternoon I saw you talking to Sadie on the bridge and I couldn’t help but think, is there something going on between you two…?”

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Well, what’s a boy to do when asked so straight forward… So yes, Daniel confirmed there was indeed “something” going on between him and Sadie.
“So”,¬†Sarah asked,¬†“is she your girlfriend now?”
“No… I mean, I don’t know… We haven’t really talked about it…”
“Well, do you want her to be your girlfriend?”
“Yes, I really do…”
“Then make it happen! And no more of this secretkeeping!”

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Sometimes, Sarah can be a bit like her mother
But Daniel appreciated his cousin’s advice and was glad he no longer had to hide.

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There was only one thing left to do:

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“So I guess what I’m asking is… do you want to be my girlfriend?”

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Of course she wanted that!

And with that, the first month of 05 was over. Well nearly….

Surprise, surprise

On the last day of January there was a little surprise at the Bennett household: Spider and Snow became parents to a little foal! Awww! His name is Cinnamon and Susie couldn’t be happier.

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Bring on February!