February 17, 2015

Haley: Week Twenty-Four, Day Three

Living Green Tip #1: A new home means a fresh start – why drag all that old junk with you!

The last time mom and dad had held a family meeting, Haley had been scared that her parents were going to get a divorce.  This time she knew that wasn't a possibility, so she was curious what they were meeting about. 
Eva took a deep breath, knowing that what she had to say was going to rock her childrens' lives.  "As you know, I won the election! When I was vice-president to Davies, I was able to split my time between here and the capital city," she began by way of explanation.

Nathaniel put his arm around Eva's wife, silently supporting her.  "But, now," she continued, her voice breaking, "Now I need to be in the capital city full-time.  I can't continue to split my time between here and there."
"What are you saying, Mom?" Haley asked, leaning forward in her seat. 

Eva sighed.  "Your father and I are going to be moving to the capital," she said.  "I want both of you to decide where you want to be.  Haley, if you'd like to stay in Sunset Valley, you're welcome to stay in the family home.  Ian, Duanne's mom has agreed that if you'd like to stay that you can live with them until your graduation."

She paused to give the kids a moment to let the information sink in. 

"So, it's completely your choice, where do you want to..."
"I'm going!" Ian announced quickly.  "When do we leave?"

Haley glanced over at her brother, surprised that he was so willing to uproot himself right before his senior year.  She wondered if it had anything to do with Keely...
Sadly, Haley stood and faced her mom.  "I'm going to miss you so much, but I'd like to stay here," she told her. 

Eva smiled sadly. "I thought that would be your answer," she said, rubbing Haley's arm.  "I'm going to miss you!" she sniffled, pulling Haley into your arms.  "Even if you are all grown up, you're still my little girl!"

***

...my family's last day in Sunset Valley, Haley thought sadly as she headed out the door for her graduation ceremony.  Her mom had apologized profusely that their last night was on the same day as her graduation ceremony.  She'd even offered to rearrange the flight schedules, but Haley had stopped her. 

"You'll be here for my ceremony! That's what is important!" she'd assured her.  Secretly, part of her was thrilled she was going to have the house to herself!
Oi, there are so many people here, Haley thought, glancing around nervously.  She hated crowds like this!
Glancing across the crowd, she saw Rachel and Johnny and waved.  "Good luck!" she mouthed to Rachel, blushing when Johnny caught her eye.
After the ceremony, she walked out with her diploma, so proud and elated.  She had been named Valedictorian and the whole auditorium had clapped when she'd been named Most Likely to Be a Famous Artist.  Haley was sure she turned beet red from all the attention!

***

"Hey, Ian. Are you all packed up?" she asked, heading into his room to say goodbye. 
Ian shrugged.  "Yeah, I guess," he said half-heartedly.

"You know you can always stay, right? You don't have to go with mom and dad," she offered. 

Nonchalantly, Ian shrugged again.  "Whatever. It doesn't matter where I go."

Haley sighed.  She was right.  Ian was just leaving to get away from his back-stabbing friend Ellis and his cheating ex.  Her heart broke for him.  "Well, you know I'm going to miss you, right?"

Ian frowned, uncomfortable with the sisterly affection.  Sighing, she turned to leave.  Before she'd stepped into the living room, he called out to her, "I'm going to miss you, too!"

***

"I'm going to miss it here," Eva said sadly, glancing around the home she'd been raised in. 

Nathaniel slung his arm around Eva's shoulder.  "I know.  But, Haley will still be here! We'll come down for the holidays!"

Eva patted Nathaniel's knee.  "I know.  But everything will be different!" she rested her head against her husband's shoulder.
"Hey guys, are you all packed?" Haley asked, grinning at the image of her parents cuddling.  They had such a warm, loving relationship.  It was exactly what she wanted for herself one day! 

She was surprised when the doorbell rang.   "Are you expecting anyone to come say goodbye?" Haley asked her mom.

Eva wrinkled her brow.  "No, we had the going away party this afternoon."
"I'll see who it is," Haley offered, heading to the door.

***

"Maritza!" she called out warmly, seeing her school friend.  Turning back to her parents, she said, "It's for me!" before stepping out onto the porch.
"Hi, I hope I'm not interrupting anything," Maritza said.

Haley smiled. "No, not much.  My folks are headed out of town tomorrow morning."

"Oh! I can come back later," Maritza offered.

Haley waved off the suggestion.  "No really, it's okay. What brings you by?"
Maritza took a deep breath and excitedly announced, "So I can't draw a stick figure for the life of me!" she began awkwardly.

"Okay..." Haley said, not really sure where Maritza was going.

"Oh, I'll just come out with it!" Maritza said nervously.  "I'm doing a study on the Sunset Valley indigenous fauna.  I was thinking about what a wonderful artist you are and I thought you might be willing to prepare the illustrations for me?"
"Maritza! I would love to help you with that! It sounds so exciting!" Haley agreed with enthusiasm.  "Wait until I tell my Dad! He loves this kind of stuff. Come on inside and let's talk about it!" Haley said, pulling Maritza inside.
"Dad! This is my school friend, Maritza," she explained once inside.  "She's going to be doing a naturalist study and she wants me to help illustrate her findings!"

Nathaniel beamed with pride, "I think that's a fantastic use of your talents, Haley!"  Turning towards Maritza, he asked, "So, what plans do you have in place so far? Maybe I could be of some help!"
Maritza was having trouble forming a word. "I... oh... well..." she tried to take a deep breath to calm down.  "Oh, Mr. Wolff! I didn't realize you were Haley's father! I am such a fan of yours! Your documentary 'Preserving the Ecological Biodiversity of Sunset Valley' is what made me interested in completing a naturalist study locally!  How are we going to know what we're preserving if we haven't made an accurate look at what we have!"

Nathaniel smiled at the compliment.  "I'm always thrilled to hear my documentaries have made a difference!" he said, reaching in his pocket to pull out a card and writing his cell phone number on it.  "Feel free to give me a call if you ever need any advice on the lay of the land."
Maritza beamed at Haley.  "Looks like we have the start of an excellent team!"

***

Ian snuck out after everyone had gone to sleep.  He couldn't sleep.  It sucked that he was moving, but it sucked even more that he'd been made a big fool of by Keely and Ellis.  No way was he going to finish high school with those jerks!

There was someone that he was going to miss, though...
Quietly, he crept up to the front door. 
Placing the small gift box down, he rang the doorbell and darted off.

Hopefully she liked it...


6 comments:

  1. I swear if he got her another baseball...

    Haley's generation is off to a good start! Glad life seems so be going well! Just checked out her roll, so I'm really excited to see how things go.

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    1. LOL! Oh that comment had me laughing! :) I think it's safe to say he didn't get her another baseball. It's a football! Hehehe.. just kidding! I bet he listened to his dad's advice and got her something she'll love!

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  2. The way Haley especially admires her parents' relationship has me a little worried for her, just because of her marital roll.

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    1. I know! But she had such a great example of marriage that she wants exactly the same thing!

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  3. Wow, Maritza turned out so pretty! O.O

    I'm still rooting for Cecelie to get her Ian in the end... I hope it works out for them somehow <3

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    1. Maritza was actually produced in-game! She turned out so pretty!

      Ian & Cecelie belong together! Hopefully they'll get it together!

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