all the stars tonight – junior/senior prom

ella
She had many regrets in her life, they piled in abundance like forgotten gumballs in an antique shop. It wasn’t new to have one now, but it was a different type. When it came to her childhood and Mom, there were many things she’d have done differently. The consequences had been heavy, but this wasn’t one of those great regrets. This was simpler, but still deep.

When he’d asked her out, she’d said no. It had seemed wise at the time; she hadn’t wanted to jeopardize the band. But on the eve of her final high school days, and no longer a band-mate, it felt like she had sacrificed too much.

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adulting at home

april 2030
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(Grimsley Household Profile)
Charlie Grimsley (44 years),Cara (40 years),Lulu (19 years),Jake (16 years)

Charlie and Cara had decided it was time to move. Jake had insisted they needed a house with a garage, even though he’d quit the band, they still needed a place to practice.

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tornado alley

November 2028
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(Woodfolk Household Profile)
Hazel Woodfolk (46 years), Jude (45 years), Bea (17 years), Monroe (15 years), Roman (13 years)

Bea had mostly taken her break-up with Jett like a trooper, as her Dad embarrassingly told her. Bea had known that him heading off to university before her might lead to their destruction. But she didn’t really believe that it would. He’d taken her to his Mom’s wedding, he actually seemed like marriage might even be on his mind, like family and her, that they were both important.

She joked with her brothers, and put on a brave face, but she felt shaken.

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where dreams are born

august 2027
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(Woodfolk Household Profile)
Hazel Woodfolk (45 years), Jude (44 years), Bea (16 years), Monroe (14 years), Roman (12 years)

The kids are thrilled to be back in their own home, and away from the farm. The boys didn’t mind missing out on the wedding, but they all detested staying at their Uncle Finn’s farm for a week. He had told their parents he’d put them to work, but they’d thought it was just something adults said. How wrong they had been!

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no recess

february 2027
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Principal: Bekah Grimsley, Teachers: Brooklyn Lange and Rosabella Steinman
Student Enrollment

Alice had been hired seasonally to help upper classmen with their SAT scores and applying for scholarships; she also provided career counseling to those interested. It had been the best money Bekah had spent in recent years, aside from hiring Brooklyn and Rosabella to round out the staffing.

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by the light of the moon

august 2026
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(Grimsley Household Profile)
Charlie (41 years), Cara (36 years), Lulu (16 years), Jake (13 years)

narrated by: Lulu

When Simon found out about me and our boss, Clayton, I thought for certain that he would rat me out. But it’s been a month and nothing. I never told Clayton about him finding out, I didn’t want to scare him away, and now I’m glad that I didn’t.

We start school at the end of the month, and I’m already stressing about how I will see Clayton outside of work. Right now, Mom and Dad leave for work, and Jake usually wanders to a friends so I have the house to myself. Clayton swings by after I’ve given him the clear, and I make a run for his amazing, red pick-up truck. When he isn’t around, I totally fangirl squeal over his wheels.

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