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Dinner and Homework September 24, 2009

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At least this time the guest have someone greeting them at the door.

Bree Li’ant came home from work one day to find a group of three people waiting on the Starr doorstep.  She greeted them all and then asked, “So, what are you all doing out here?”



Fah Ling and the Life Fruit September 22, 2009

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Lifefruit and Homework

A while ago, after helping Ian in the garden, Fah Ling had noticed out of the corner of his eye his Dad Ian eating a strange fruit from their garden.

“Hey, Dad,” Fah Ling said, “I know we’ve been growing those, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried one.  What kind of fruit is that?”


Opportunity Knocks August 24, 2009

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Opportunities come at unexpected times,  but after Krystal’s death, they provided a way to refocus some of the Starr children.


Reaction and Action August 14, 2009

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When Ian woke up from his impromptu nap on the floor, he went back downstairs.  There was a note on the kitchen counter from Bridget.  “Dear Ian,” it read.  “I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to finish everything today.  I hope you can understand.  I was just too upset.  I am very sorry for your family’s loss.  I’ll do better tomorrow.  Bridget.”

Ian sighed.  Bridget was a nice young girl with a good heart.  He knew how distraught she had been that morning, and could understand why she had left early that day.  He’d still pay her day’s wages; it wasn’t her fault this had happened.

He napped for another hour or two, until the bus was due to arrive.  When they all came in, Ian sat his children down, and told them what had happened.  They all reacted quite differently.


Revenge? August 12, 2009

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Heartbreak and Bookworms

As Bridget and Ian were grieving, the Grim Reaper decided that now would be a good time to see if there was anything good to read in the house.  Apparently, when Krystal shook his hand, he took it as a carte blanche invitation to the Starr home.

Heartbroken, Ian saw the Reaper entering his home, and that was the last straw.  He moved beyond his grief to anger at his loss, and the Reaper was about to be the target of his rage.


Loss August 9, 2009

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Days passed, and routine once again settled in.

One particularly beautiful morning after breakfast, the kids had gone off to school, Ian was working on another story, and the housekeeper had just arrived to tidy things up.  Krystal started her day much like any day, by working in her garden.  She weeded, she harvested fruit, she watered the plants, and she enjoyed her time in the sun.


The River Elle and Lake Bree August 7, 2009

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Fah Enjoys Breakfast Al Fresco

It had started out as an ordinary day.  It was nice outside, and Krystal and Ian decided to go out on the town and leave the kids at home.  The teens were very responsible, so they had no worries of anything going wrong.

Krystal and Ian had barely been out of the house an hour when it started. (more…)

Togetherness August 7, 2009

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Wii and Shai play chess

 While many times, the members of the Starr family would go off separately and follow their own whims, on other days, they valued time spent together. (more…)

The Fruit of Life July 31, 2009

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Krystal Eats a Life FruitOn one of her many walks, Krystal had discovered a seed that she had never seen before.  Many times before, she had planted seeds found on walks and had been able to grow new vegetables in her garden.

After days of tending the new plant, Krystal was surprised to see something she had never encountered before.  It looked a lot like a pear, but its golden skin almost seemed to glow, and it was so bright it almost looked like it had a halo hovering over it.


Smokin’! July 26, 2009

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Ian Recoils

Ian closes his eyes as he recoils.  Is it the smoke that causes him to grimace, or the overwhelming cloud caused by the two fire extinguishers?

Blast from the Extinguisher

With another blast from the Tamara’s extinguisher, it appeared that the flames might be dying just a bit.

Angelique Readies her Extinguisher

Angelique moves to a better vantage point and readies her extinguisher for another blast.

Fire Fighting??

The fire fighter (if you can call him that) pauses, seemingly having to make a decision:  do his job and go out and fight the fire, or stay inside and grab a slice of birthday cake.  That frosting certainly looks tempting to him, since while he takes a few seconds to debate his choice…

Smoky Remains

Tamara and Angelique’s combined efforts finally extinguish the fire, leaving the grill a smoking, dirty mess.


As the smoke dissipated, the crowd took in the sight of the devastated grill.  Krystal decided some music might quiet the nerves of her guests, and she pulled out her guitar.

Fire Fighter Finally Gets to the Patio

As Krystal is playing, the firefighter finally arrives on the patio.  He looks around, and sees a rather dirty, smoky grill, a bunch of people milling around listening to a guitar playing older woman.  What he doesn’t see is a fire.


Rather than being relieved that no one was hurt, or that the damage wasn’t so severe, the fire fighter seems upset.  He yells at Krystal, lecturing her to be more careful in the future.

Fire Fighter

After venting, the fire fighter paused a moment, listening to Krystal’s music.

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Your Tax Simoleons Hard at Work (Yeah, Right....)

After a moment, he stretches, and then leaves.  As if on cue, many of the guests also make their exits, all raving about what a great time they had.

First Day at Work Over

Totally oblivious of what has been happening at home, Fah Ling heads for home after his first day at work.  He’s a bit tired and a little hungry, but overall he’s had a good day.

Shai Ning's Room

As Fah before him, Shai remodeled his room.  He really didn’t do much.  He decided that the wall paper was a bit too childish and went for a pattern in yellow that he felt was more “mature”.

Teen Shai Ning

A slight change in his hair style, and a change to his favorite color for his shirt, and Shai was ready for this next stage in his life.