Emma Furbanks was feeling happier than ever before. She was even singing softly, something that her little boy, Alfie, was not use to. "Mummy, why you singing?" he asked "Oh, Honey, because mummy is so happy!" Puzzled, he looked at her, "Why you happy, mummy?" Emma hugged her sweet baby boy and told him that her life long dream has come true. This seemed to satisfy Alfie's curiosity and he continued to rock on his little horse!
Though she has checked it a hundred times already, Emma had one last look in the drawers, and as expected it was empty. She was done packing and now just had to wait for Kenneth to return from work. She continued to check the drawers, just to keep busy and then her mind wandered off to that wonderful evening a few weeks ago...
A few weeks ago...
"Oh Kenny, this is wonderful, when last did we do this, we should do it more often." Emma sighed contently. The kids were in bed and she and her husband was enjoying a glass of Riesling on the porch of the Commune. "I know, Em, and I promise you we will soon be able to... in the quiet of our own home..."
Emma jumped off the bench, "What do you mean, Kenneth." Kenneth smiled sweetly at his wife, "Honey, I finally built us our own home, ok not me, obviously Alonzo did that, but yes we will be able to move in a couple of weeks."
Emma literally jumped into her husband's arms and gave him a huge kiss, she was overcome with emotion, this was something she had wanted for so long, and finally her dream was coming true.
The next morning, Kenneth took Emma to Eaglewood, the small neighboring village, to show her their new home. Obviously Emma was stunned by the beauty of the house, but what was truly astonishing was the size of the it. Not only will they have their own kitchen, living room and bathroom, the kids might even each have their own room.
(This picture is not my own)
Emma's thoughts was interrupted by Alfie, "Mommy, I'm hungry." Emma lifted her boy from his rocking horse, "Of course you are, sweetie, let's go find you something to eat."
A few doors down, one of Emma's friends, Hildie Hawton and her family, was also planning to move out of the Commune, but Hildie had the complete opposite emotions. "Hildie, are you okay?" It was Hildie's husband Barry, who found her sitting at the dressing table.
"No, I am not really okay. I do not want to move away." Hildie burst into tears.
"Oh dear, but why not? You will have your own home. Though a cottage, you won't have to share anything anymore with anyone." Barry tried to calm his crying wife.
"What if everyone forgets about us, I like living here, we are never alone, have great friends here and a great support system." Hildie told Barry through the tears. "Hildie, you are overthinking this, nothing will change, we will live two kilometers away, we will still serve lunch to the school children everyday, and if you wish you can still come and visit Mona everyday too." Barry explained. Hildie went over and gave her husband a hug, "I guess I am overreacting. Thank you I do feel a bit better."
After she opened her heart to her husband, Hildie felt better, and packed up their room, then she ventured into the kitchen to get a few of their items from there too.
"Hey, Hildie", Mona greeted her friend, somewhat reluctantly not knowing what to expect, "are you feeling a bit better today?" Hildie gave a halfhearted smile, "I think so yes, I must just stop over-analysing everything, and enjoy the moment. It is actually a great that is happening to us." Mona walked over to her friend, "I am glad you see it that way, this is really great. Mayor Hugo surely is very kind to renovate all those cottages that stood empty for so many years.
As the two friends were discussing Hildie's mixed emotions, Emma entered the kitchen. Things have been a bit awkward between her and Hildie lately, though it shouldn't have been. Emma was worried Hildie would be jealous of her new big house, compared to the small cottage she would live in, while Hildie was worried that Emma would not understand her reluctance to move out of the Commune.
"Hi Emma," Hildie greeted, "ready for your big move?" Emma was surprised by Hildie's question, as there surely was no sign of jealousy. "If you won't think any less of me, then I will have to admit, yes I am. But how are you feeling, Hildie?" Emma asked carefully. "Oh much better now, I might even be looking forward to it a tiny bit. Especially after Mona assured me we will still have our morning coffee together." Hildie smiled shyly. "And don't forget about me, I will be a stone throw away, and I would love to spent more time with you, you have become one of my good friends over the past years." Emma admitted. And just like that the air was cleared, and the three friends enjoyed a quick chat before the men came home.
Very soon the time arrived for the Furbanks and Hawtons to leave Sugarbush Valley. All their friends came by to say their goodbyes, but loud promises of seeing each other everyday could be heard.
The trip to Eaglewood was short and the Hawton's quickly arrived at the front garden of their new cottage. Hildie gave a loud sigh, it was so pretty and peaceful, how could she not have wanted this.
Her happiness was however, short lived. As the next moment the front door opened. Hildie's heart sank ... 'Mayor Hugo already gave the house to someone else, I took to long to decide!' she thought to herself...
But it turned out that it was only Mayor Hugo and his wife Savannah. They wanted to congratulate the Hawtons personally on being the first family to move into one of the refurbished bungalows, and also took the liberty of cleaning it out a bit. Hildie was visibly relieved and thanked Hugo and Savannah for their kindness.
After the Trunks left, Barry made his way inside the house, but turned around in the doorway, "so family, are you ready for our next adventure?" he asked. "A chorous of 'yeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss' could be heard from Hildie and the two kids. "So then lets go inside and enjoy our first home!"
A few 100 meters away, another family arrived at their new home. The children was immensely excited and ran ahead to inspect their new home, as they have never been inside before. Their parents let them, as this would give them time to appreciate this milestone alone (and in peace).
They put everything down, had a quick scan around the room and walked straight into each other's arms and hugged each other tightly, while Kenneth whispered in his wife's ear, "Welcome to our 'happily every after'!
THE END ...
(this is for those of you who are hopeless romantics)
The realists please continue reading....
After the Furbanks left Sydney and Mona went over to their emptied out room. "You know, that we should fill this room as soon as possible?" Mona told her husband. "Yes, and I know exactly who could move in here for the time being."
The next morning Rosetti and Bronte came over, and though the room was small, they were happy not to live in tents in the camping area any more. Afterall this was just temporary as well.
So I hoped you enjoyed this little surprise. I needed to shake things up in SV a bit, as all felt so boring and perfect, lately. I also wanted to make Eaglewood more part of my stories, as I regularly refer to it with regards to the Orphanage and Retirement Home. Just a little note, all houses (and shops, if any ever appear) will be purely fictional. I have no intent to ever supply 'real' homes to these families. I have also added a new tab to my blog. Some of you might have already noticed it. It is still a work in progress. But go over and explore Eaglewood