January 06: Life and Death (pt. 2)

Go back to…part 1

The deed

Halfway through January Thomas, Lauren, Eva and Jasper had a meeting with a notary to discuss house matters and sign over the purchase deed. Thomas and Lauren had always known this day would come, as Phyllis had made it very clear she wanted her eldest grandson to inherit the house.
Thomas and Lauren also owned a small bungalow in Appaloosa Plains which they had always used as a holiday home, but intended to move there permanently now. So, all in all, everyone was happy to be there.

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The notary explained all the steps required…

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…and asked if there were any questions.

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Since no one had any, it was soon time to sign the papers.

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Congratulations, Eva and Jasper, you are now the proud owners of a house in Star Thistle!

The Dress

It was only a few days later another noteworthy day for Eva presented itself: it was time to go out and look for The Dress!

She was very excited over breakfast.

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“And I’m obviously not telling you what it looks like, Jas. I don’t even know yet myself. I might go for white, but maybe not! But it wont be red or anything, don’t worry. Or black, I’m not getting a black dress either. I mean, it’s a wedding, not a funeral, right?”
– “Im sure whatever you’ll choose will look gorgeous on you, dear” Jasper replied, secretly glad he could go to work in bit…

Two hours later, Eva met her “entourage” outside the Bridal Store. She had invited her mum Patty, mother-in-law Lauren, sister Sarah and best friend Abigail along for this big day.

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The Wyler ladies were particularly excited.

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“I hope she’ll pick a princess gown” Patty said
“But she’ll look great in something tightfit too, mum” Sarah chipped in.

There Eva was in her first dress.

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“Hmmm… I like it, but I don’t love it…”
The entourage agreed.

Onto dress number 2…

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“It’s rather plain…”

Many dresses later, Eva emerged like this…

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She looked rather happy and turned around to her ladies…

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“What do you think…?”
“You look stunning Eve…”
“This one is amazing!”
“Wow, just wow…”
“What do YOU think?”
“I love it… Girls; this is my dress!”

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Excitement all around!

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Sarah embraced her sister.

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“I’m so happy for you, Eve!”

After the dress was properly fitted, Eva took her girls for a cup of coffee. Unfortunately Lauren had to go back to work. She had already missed too many days with Phyllis’ funeral and all and still had a lot of loose ends to tie before she’d move.

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“Okay, so now all I need are shoes. Oh and maybe a tiara. And obviously flowers. And…”
Yes. Eva was all about the wedding…

The house

When the end of the month drew closer, Thomas invited his sister to come and pick out the things she wanted to keep. Obviously Thomas and Lauren couldn’t take everything with them to their Appaloosa house and Eva and Jasper were likely to want a fresh start and give most of the stuff left behind away to charity.

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“Well, I would like some of the pots and pans, but other than that, I don’t think there’s anything I need” Olivia said.

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“The only thing I’d like to bring is mum’s chair and that trunk that used to be in our old bedroom. Remember that? I have no idea where it went though…” Thomas said.
“Isn’t it in the shed?” His sister replied.
“I have no idea, I’ll have a look.”

After they divided the assets, Olivia obviously stayed for dinner.

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It was the last week of January when the moving van arrived: Thomas and Lauren were moving to Appaloosa Plains.

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Lucas had come to help his parents move and before long everything was loaded into the van.

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The movers went ahead as Thomas and Lauren said goodbye to the house.

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Lucas hugged his mother and father and wished them a good trip.

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“See you soon, mum.”
“See you soon, son.”

And off they went.

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That afternoon, after work, Jasper and Eva went to the house to start the clearing process. They couldn’t afford to waste any time, since they really hoped to move in before their wedding in May.

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It took hours, but then the house was completely empty…

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…and the front yard was full of stuff ready to be collected the following morning.

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The next day Eva and Jasper had builders over to discuss the work that need to be done. They’d do a lot of DIY themselves, but there were some big jobs they’d rather leave to professionals.

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Eva was quite clear in what she wanted.

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“So, the kitchen needs to come out and the walls need to be stripped and we want a proper entrance. I’m not sure how that would work with the stairs though.”

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“Well, miss, we can take the stairs out and then put in a new one and flip it round so you enter it from your new hallway.”

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“And do you also want a new kitchen put in, or will you do that yourselves?”
“No, we definitely want a new kitchen put in, but we have yet to pick it out.”

And so, on the very last day of January, work was well under way. Will it be finished before May? Time will tell…65

January 06: Life and Death (Pt. 1)

After an eventful 05, January 06 was quite slow paced. Not a lot happened. The things that did happen though, were rather lifechanging for some Honeycomb residents. For them, January 06 was either all about life or all about …

The passing

In the very first hours of 06, while outside the fireworks were still lighting up the sky, lovely grandmother Phyllis felt it was time to leave this world…
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When Thomas came down to check on his mother, like he did most nights, he soon realised she had passed… Lauren immediately realised something was wrong and rushed down to console her husband.2

Once the initial shock wore off, Thomas knew he had to inform his sister, she’d want to know.3

Olivia had just gone to bed that New Years Eve and was able to answer her phone quickly. Will was already sound asleep.4“Hey Livvy, it’s Thom… Listen.. umm.. I’m afraid mum has… umm… left us…”

Olivia, feeling distraught, couldn’t contain her emotions and burst out in tears, waking her husband.5Will immediately embraced his wife.
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“Will… It’s mum… She… she… she di…”7“Oh honey, I’m so sorry… At least she’s at peace now, right?”

Olivia knew he was right…

The baby

Despite 06 starting off on such a sad note for the Adams en Richardson family, elsewhere the year was about to begin much happier.
A few days into the new year, Morgan woke up feeling “different”. She immediately knew what this meant; her baby was coming!

Knowing births can take a while, Morgan first made herself some waffles.8

After she had finished her breakfast, she gave the dads-to-be a call to inform them of her current status.9

“The baby is coming?!” David uttered on the other end. “We’ll be right over!”
“Don’t rush, it could still be hou…” Morgan didn’t even get to finish her sentence, because David had already hung up.

And indeed, Morgan just barely had enough time to get dressed and there they were.
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“Are you okay? Are you in pain? Should we go to the hospital?!”
– “Relax! I’m fine! Contractions are only mild so far, this could really still be quite a while.. Have a seat…”

11“It’s really not like in the movies, guys, I don’t have to rush to the hospital straight away. I’d rather just sit on my exercise ball for a while. Apparently that helps.”

And so she did.
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But a few hours later, contractions suddenly got a lot more painful…13

Causing Bradley and David great distress…14

Clearly, the time to go to the hospital had now come.15

Four hours after arriving at the hospital, little Jonah was born. Named after Morgan’s great love, Jonas. Even though the dads were still quite in shock from the whole ordeal they had just witnessed, little Jonah had three, very happy parents!16

Morgan, Bradley and David had already agreed Jonah would spend his first months living solely at Morgan’s house with his dads paying him frequent visits.
Since the birth had been rather uncomplicated, Morgan was soon able to take her son home. Her dream had finally come true.
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A week later, Susie and Louise came to visit and Jonah got to meet “his future bride”, or so mums Morgan and Susie joked. 18

From pregnant friends to mum friends…
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“We sure did…”

The funeral

While Morgan was busy adjusting to new life as a mum, the Adams and Richardson families were gathering to say goodbye to their mother and grandmother.

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Thomas and Olivia were still quite upset…21

But for the rest of the family, it was a chance to catch up again.22“So Finnegan, I hear you have a new girl?” Lucas said to his cousin.
“I do! Her name is Jada, she’ll join us later.”

After a ceremony in the church, Phyllis was buried at the cementery. 23

Remembering their mother and grandmother moved the family more than they had thought.24

Once everyone had said their goodbyes, the family went back to the Adams’ house.
Lucas played with the chicks for a bit. 25

Eva consoled her father-in-law…26
Lauren had made a delicious pumpkin pie which the youngsters of family especially enjoyed. Including Jada, who had come to support her boyfriend.27
After the pie, Lucas spoke to Finn.28“Wow man, you sure did well, Jada is hot!”
“Bit too young for you though!”

Meanwhile, Eva and Jasper had gone for a walk through the house. After all, it had always the plan they’d get the house after Phyllis would have passed. And while she didn’t say it out loud (and hated herself for even thinking it), Eva felt the timing had been sort of just right, as they were about to get married in May…29

Eva and Jasper had always loved this house and had discussed what they’d do with it several times before. They agreed they wanted to keep the original details and feel of the place, but would still make some small changes…30“We need lots of light, Jas! So light walls and …” 
Eva rambled on for quite a while…

More excitement for Eva in…
part 2

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

January 04: A Winterwedding

It had been snowing since early December, so by the end of January, most Sims in Honeycomb Valley were starting to grow tired of the snow. Christopher Brown and his fianceé Lexie were not among those wishing the snow away though. Their wedding would take place on the last day of January and snow would make it that much more magical.

A week before the big day, Lexie went to pick up her weddingdress at the bridal shop. Christopher stayed home with Jamie and tried to teach him some words.
1When Lexie and her best friend Naomi arrived at the bridal shop, it was still closed, so they decided to go for a round of ice skating on the canal.

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Pretty soon, the doors opened and Lexie and Naomi went in. Lexie explained to the lady of the store she had come to pick up her dress and tried it on one final time. Naomi was stunned at how pretty her friend looked.

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Later that week Lexie met up with her other best friend, Bradley, at his sister‘s salon: Erin’s Elegance to have her hair and make up done.

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And then the big day arrived. Lexie got up very early to get ready.

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While her equally excited husband-to-be woke their son.

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In a beautiful light blue oldtimer, the pair and Jamie made their way up to the park* where the ceremony would take place.

8Naomi arrived right after Lexie, Chris and Jamie had.

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The rest of the guests were already there: Lexie’s parents and twin sister Xandra, her nephew Joel with his dad, Bradley and his husband, David (funny fact: of the few weddings I’ve had in my game so far, Bradley and David have been to every one *giggle* ) and Christopher’s best friend Colin, who also happens to be Naomi’s boyfriend and their son Liam.10

Once the bride and her son arrived, all the guests took their places (all scattered of course… Sims…)

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And it was time to get married!

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Samantha was very happy to see her daughter get married, while Liam seemed rather bored by the ceremony.

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Time for cake!

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The bride and groom spontaneously started waltzing.

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The first picture of the Brown family was taken…20

… After which there was more dancing! Of course the bride and groom had another waltz, but Christopher also had a dance with his mother-in-law, while Bradley took Lexie for a twirl. In the bushes… (That sounded very wrong, didn’t it?)
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As the evening grew darker, the hour grew later and the air grew colder; little boys were getting tired, so the guests started to leave. Christopher and Lexie took their own little boy home as well…

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…And after he was warm in his bed, they had no trouble finding their own bed as well!
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* Wedding Park created by Mina at http://minasavenue.tumblr.com/