After a nice holiday, it’s sometimes difficult to return to the regular routine.
Ice is finishing breakfast when he hears the school bus horn and has to race out the door.
A/N: Sorry, Ice! Instead of letting him drive to school, I waited to see if the bus would come or if it would be missing like the prom limo
Ice isn’t the only one racing around! Zep decides to take a break from fishing and hunts down beetles and birds instead.
Tad likes the color combination but isn’t keen on the overall effect so is glad when there is an interested buyer for it.
He offers to make pancakes for the ladies which works out well as it makes it easier for May to share her news.
“There was something wrong with the accreditation so several key donors pulled their scholarships and … mine was one of the ones affected.
The board of directors and college president met with us as a group and then individually in order to convey the news and outline our options.
I can continue attending Twinbrook Community College but it would mean our having to pay the difference or accept the check for tuition reimbursement for the portion we paid and seek further education elsewhere.
My advisor was there for both meetings and said that Sim U will accept me as a transfer student and might still have a scholarship or two not awarded.
I decided to take the tuition reimbursement and transfer to Sim U which means I won’t be able to live here and commute.
We can easily keep in touch via phone or email while I am gone.”
“The terms aren’t long and I should be back in time for Ice’s graduation ceremony.”
Over breakfast, Tad asks questions and May answers them to the best of her ability. Marci offers support where she can but lets the two of them reach an agreement that is acceptable to both.
Glad that family harmony is still in place, Marci gathers up their dishes and … once again, the sink breaks. With a laugh, May calls out “tag-team” as she grabs the toolbox.
Marci thanks May for taking care of that because there is something she needs to do.
She picks up an uncomfortable kitty and takes Zep outside to give him a much-needed flea bath.
“There, there. Doesn’t that feel much better now?”
Ice arrives home from school and sees everyone busy with various activities.
Marci smiles and shows him the cookbook she is studying.
Tad glances over and nods hello before returning his attention back to his current piece.
And May? She’s trying to make the sink unbreakable!
Not pictured: Zep, who is busy in his litter box (located through the open doorway next to the stairs)
Tad really likes this one and decides to keep it.
As soon as Ice finishes his homework, he calls Keri. Even though he is turned away, everyone can hear his side of the conversation although they pretend they don’t.
Keri comes over and Ice apologizes as he takes her into the backyard.
“It’s sometimes difficult to get a bit of privacy in our house and I didn’t want to give you or them the wrong impression by taking you to my bedroom.”
Keri smiles and hold his hands, letting him know she appreciates his thoughtfulness.
Ice smiles when she tells him she would rather be outside with him than be indoors at home. His smile grows even bigger when she whispers, “You’re different from the other boys at school and that’s one thing I really like about you.”
They chat and get to know each other better, pleased to discover both prefer cold weather over hot.
Don’t they look cute together?
Ice then presents her with a bouquet of pink flowers and gently brushes her cheek. “I like you, Keri. I like you a lot.”
She responds by holding his hand in place and letting him know she likes him too.
Seizing the moment, Ice asks her to go steady and is over the moon when she says yes.
He then leads her back inside for a bit of dancing followed by dinner with his family so they can get to know her too.
Tad is pleased both of his kids are growing up and doing well considering the rough start they had here.
Keri thanks them for dinner and says it is time for her to head home.
Ice walks her to the door and they whisper goodbye to each other with big smiles on their faces.
This is a good place to stop.
A/N: I opted not to fiddle further with the UNI at home mod and lot in case it didn’t work (again!) thereby causing me to lose a second week of progress for May. Will have her go to UNI and then continue the at-home portion so she’ll still be a term ahead of Ice. Thanks for your patience & understanding while I try new things … even if it didn’t work like I expected/hoped it to!