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. 🙂

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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. 2)

Go back to…


part 1

A New Home

It wasn’t a very long drive, and soon enough our fivesome found themselves in Honeycomb Hills.

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First they drove by a whole lot of nothing and buildingsites, but soon, the brand new buildings of Honeycomb University appeared.

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“It should be just around the corner” Dan said. He had mapped out the route thoroughly beforehand.

And he was right. There it was: Student residence A. Or at least that was what it was called for now.

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After parking the car on the lawn to unload it later, the friends got out to explore the place which would be their home for the next four years.

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They had all applied for a room online. Sarah and Jill would be roommates, of course. For the boys it had been a bit of a puzzle. Which one of them would have to room with a stranger? After much consideration, they eventually concluded it would have to be James. For starters James didn’t want to share a room with Seth, because he didn’t want to risk walking in on Seth and his sister in bed together. This conclusion led to Daniel and Seth agreeing that it would be best if they shared a room, because the chance of whoever shared with James to walk in on James and anyone was greater than them walking in each other. James didn’t mind. And so, it was settled: Sarah and Jill applied for a shared room, as did Daniel and Seth, while James applied for a room without a preferred roommate.
They had picked up the keys to their rooms back in Honeycomb Valley at the old University building and now they could finally see it. But they had to find it first.

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Seth and Daniel were in room 3, of which Daniel was sure it was located on the top floor. 46

“You’re wrong Dan, it’s on the first floor, we’re next to James in 1!” Seth called.
And so Daniel walked down again.

Sarah and Jill were in room 5, which was on the top floor. They decided to test the lifts.

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The girls were quite pleased with what they saw when they entered the room. Sure, it was basic, but fresh and new, and they both agreed they could easily turn this into a great room with a few personal touches.

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Meanwhile, James had entered room 1, where his roommate had already arrived previously. It turned out to be Chris Morgan. Chris had already been studying at Honeycomb Valley University since 03 and James recognised his face from his visits to The Bumblebee, but they had never actually met. He soon learnt Chris was also a music student (third year) and played piano/keyboards, so James obviously felt they would most likely get along great!

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After viewing their rooms, the friends met back at the car to unload everything. Chris lent a hand in getting everything upstairs…50

… while Daniel drove the car to the small parking lot adjacent to the building.

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As he walked back, Daniel looked at the rest of the University campus around him and figured this would actually be quite a nice place to spend a couple of years.

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After taking up all the stuff, Chris decided to play a little something on his keyboards, so James could get a sense of his sound. James thought this was not bad at all and soon joined in on his guitar. Seems these two will be great roommates!

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While James and Chris were busy playing, another car drove up to the building. The two female inhabitants of room 8 had arrived…

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Suzan and Anna.

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They quickly found their room.56

And where Sarah and Jill had immediately seen the potential, Anna was not amused.  It was plain, boring and waaaaaaay too small…

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She wasted no time uttering her frustration to Suzan. 58

“Are we seriously going to have to live here for years, Su? I’ve only been here ten minutes and I already can’t stand it! And did you see that tiny bathroom, and we even have to share that with whomever is staying in room 6!”

Anna didn’t know it yet, but fortunately for her, room 6 was empty at the moment. The other students occupied rooms 2 and 4, a floor down.
Room 4 had been assigned to Anna’s older brother Harry and best friend Narai, who were both in their fourth and final year and had already been roommates in Honeycomb Valley.
Room 2 housed third year student Mia, who also moved to Honeycomb Hills from the previous student residence in Honeycomb Valley and Nina, a first year student and sister to Lola who had previously been at HVU but had graduated in May.

Harry, Narai, Mia and Nina had all arrived a while ago and had already discovered the common room.

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After taking their stuff to their room, Sarah and Jill went down to the common room as well to meet their housemates.60

They all sat down to have a chat and get acquainted.

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Next, the boys entered. Mia had already gotten to know James up close and personal a month ago (remember this blonde girl?) and she was happy to see him again…

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Daniel and Seth shook some hands as well.

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About 15 minutes later, Anna entered. She wasn’t pleased with this room either…64

…and when she spotted her brother, she immediately started complaining.
Yeah, sorry Harry, but it looks like you’ll be stuck with her again for a year…65

Since it was getting close to dinner time, Sarah and Jill decided they would cook for everyone on this first night, but also made sure to stress this wouldn’t be an everyday thing.66

Their housemates sure appreciated the meal though.67

A couple of days later, when everyone was fully settled in, a bright red fire pick up truck carrying five bicycles and a drumset pulled up on the lawn. The friends couldn’t take their bikes and Daniel’s drums in their rented SUV, so firefighter dads Oliver and Will had promised to bring them down with the truck over the course of the week. So bright and early this morning, here they were.

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James asked his uncle if they wanted to come in and see the place, but Oliver declined.

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“No, sorry, some other time, we have to get back to station asap, we’re supposed to be on duty, you know.”

So, once everything was unloaded, they all said their goodbyes.

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Oliver drove the fire truck back and Will picked up the rental car to drive that back to Honeycomb Valley as well.

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It was actually for the best the dads hadn’t stayed too long, since at 8.30 am that same morning, all first year students were required to make their way to the University Administration to get registered and pick up their class schedules.

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The brand new main building was bright, airy and youthful and Daniel, Seth, James, Sarah and Jill immediately felt right at home there.73

They found the administration office quick enough and soon they were all ready to officially start their lives as university students.

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They decided to mark this moment with a drink in the University café.75

Opening Day

A week later, the moment mayor Henry had been most looking forward to, was finally here: The official opening of Honeycomb University.

The students and staff all gathered to hear Henry speak of hopes and dreams and how you can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you show determination and perserverance.

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He also spoke of future plans for Honeycomb Hills and how these students, being the first residents, had the chance to put their own stamp on the town as well.

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“Talk to me! I will listen!”

After Henry had said his piece, it was chancellor Elizabeth Richards’ turn to address the crowd. She mainly spoke of how proud she was of this new place of education and the opportunities it brought.

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After the doors were officially opened, Abigail conducted an interview with Ch. Richards.80

Meanwhile the students were getting acquainted with the campus and eachother. James had spotted a new face in the crowd…

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“Hey, I’m James, I’m in the A-residence. What’s your name?”

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“I’m Leona, and I’m really sorry James, but I have to run. Maybe I’ll see you around?”
And with that Leona disappeared.

James shrugged and the decided to take a selfie with Dan and play some table football with Nina. Jill and Seth had discovered the arcade machines.

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It seems like University will be great!

There’s more! On to…
part 3

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.

Home

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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December 03: Happy New Year!

On New Year’s Eve 03, there were celebrations and parties all over Honeycomb Valley. The students and older teens went to have their New Year’s celebration at “their” pub, The Bumblebee.

Most of their time was spent chatting, dancing, laughing, reminiscing and drinking cocktails.

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James even attempted to have a friendly chat with Jill, but his ex girlfriend would have none of it. New Years Eve might not have been such good timing James, as Jill reflects upon her year, I don’t suppose she’s forgotten that prom night

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This kiss between engaged Harry and Lily was expected…

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This one may not have been…

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Either way, a new year had come, so that called for fireworks! Everyone went outside, where Harry lit the first fuse

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Pretty colours!

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After the fireworks, some people stayed while others went home.
Seth had something he needed to do first though…

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“So, umm, Sarah, Now that everyone knows, what do you say to making “us” official?”

Sarah needed no time to think and agreed immediately.

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2004 was off to a good start.