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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?”



Elle Stay In; Wii Go Out August 30, 2009

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Shai Challenges Cycl0n3 Sw0rd

It was the weekend.  Elle, of course was grounded, so she was stuck at home.  She groused about inside the house much of the morning.

Shai Ning, on the other hand, decided to make the most of his weekend by trying to move up in the chess ranks.  Cycl0n3 Sw0rd, long time friend of Ian’s, happened to be next on the list.  Soon he and Shai were locked into a battle of the board.


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…)

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.

Fire Fighting July 26, 2009

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Fire Still Rages

As the fire fighter made his way into the house, the fire was still raging on.  Despite the distress this was causing among some of the guests on the patio, most everyone still seemed to be having a good time!

Fire Extinguisher

All of a sudden, the whoosh of a fire extinguisher was heard as it blasted toward the blaze.  It wasn’t the fire fighter doing his job though.

Tamara Donner

Tamara Donner, long time friend of Krystal, decided that enough was enough.  She bravely started to fight the fire herself.  Rai Sing, though brave, was still a child, and was clearly upset by the fire in his own home.


Arms out as if in supplication, Krystal seemed to be also wondering why this was happening.  Fear clearly showed on her face.

Ian is Fearful

Ian was also afraid.  He was standing very close to the grill, and when the flames flared up, they came extremely close to him.  He seemed almost mesmerized, too scared to move to a safer place.

Leigh and Ian

Out of the corner of his eye, Ian caught a glimpse of Leigh.  She was equally frightened, however, she had been able to move herself back away from the flames and out of harm’s way.

Making His Way to the Blaze

The fire fighter was almost through the living room and on his way to the dining room, the only room allowing access to the patio.  Shai Ning, seemingly oblivious to the danger outside, had grabbed a piece of his cake and was eating it near the archway leading to the kitchen.


Perhaps it was starting to dawn on Krystal that there was more to lose here than just her grill or her home.  Several of her friends and family were standing right next to that grill.  A large spark or flare up could leave one of them injured…or worse.

More Go to the Patio

The smell and the sounds coming from the patio drew more people outside as moths to a flame.

Another Brave Soul

Though Tamara had been battling the fire, it didn’t show any signs of dying down.  Another brave soul emerged from the crowd, extinguisher in hand, to help battle the blaze.

Angelique and Tamara

It was Angelique Finley.  once teenage babysitter, now grown woman.  She glanced at Tamara as they worked together to battle the inferno that had grown out of the smouldering grill.

As the grill continued to burn, Wii Shing and Bree Li’ant had moved in closer to see what was going on.

Krystal Fears for her Girls

As another flare up occurred, the girls were clearly frightened.  Krystal was fearful for her girl’s safety and she urged them to move back.

Fire Fighter Fights His Way Through the Dining Room

Meanwhile, the fire fighter had just gotten partway into the dining room, still nowhere near the fire.

Burnin’ Down the House? July 24, 2009

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I smell smoke

Within moments, more and more of the party guests were smelling smoke.  Rai Sing went out on the patio to look.

“Fire!” he shouted, “The grill’s on fire!”

Rai and Leigh

As Krystal called 911, Rai Sing stood, staring at the blazing grill.  Former babysitter Leigh Withers stood there, also staring.  Ian ran out to the patio to see exactly what was going on.

Krystal runs to the patio

Krystal was told that the Fire Department was on the way.  She also ran out to patio just as the flames leapt higher.  Rai and Leigh raised their arms to try and ward off the growing blaze.

Another former babysitter comes outside

Another former babysitter, whose name escaped Krystal and Ian in the excitement, also rushed out to see what was going on.  The fire seemed to become the big entertainment draw of the evening.

In the distance, the sound of a fire siren could be heard.

Arrival of the fire truck

Within seconds, the fire truck pulled up to the Starr’s house.

Flare Up

More and more party guests and family members were gathering on the patio.  Another flare up caused several to shriek and recoil from the flames as they shot up.

As Krystal cringed, she worried.  Could the flames shoot over to the house and burn it to the ground?  Would she and Ian lose their home?  Would the fire fighter arrive in time to prevent the worst from happening?

Dash for the Door

As if in answer to her unspoken question, the fire fighter made his dash for the door….

A Mysterious Return July 5, 2009

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One night, as Krystal and Ian were getting ready for bed, they heard a noise outside.  It sounded like a cat or a baby crying and it seemed to be coming from out near the street.  Ian and Krystal decided to go outside to investigate.

When they got outside, they couldn’t believe what they saw.