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Chapter 7.1

Chapter 7.1 Out with the old

Whilst Twix and Hershey were still at University, Cointreau decided it was time to retire.  She was loaded enough as it was, so she saw no real logic to keep working up until the day she died.Screenshot-8041Aero also proposed to Adrianne.      Screenshot-8000They moved into a pleasant two bedroom house across the other side of town.  Basically, far away enough so they knew that the family would not bother to visit until they had children.Screenshot-8055Oh, and at some point Yorkie got taken away by the RSPCA.  Mainly because Jeffrey kept using him as a foot towel.Screenshot-7926Twix seemed to be the only one who cared about this.  Even Cointreau, who had doted on Yorkie in the past, wondered why the food in the dog bowl was still full to the brim a month later.Screenshot-8562As most families do, they adopted a new pet to replace the previous one.  His name was Snowy and he was pretty much on his last legs, so the family made sure not to grow too attached to him.Screenshot-8097For some strange reason, Snowy loved to dig holes.  Very big human body sized holes.Screenshot-8102This worked well for Twix and his garden, although he was a little bit concerned about the corpses ruining his crops.Screenshot-8099Samuel McNeil, Bounty’s fancy man, moved in with the Baileys at some stage.Screenshot-8575Upon discovering how crazy her family way, he quickly proposed to her so they could move out together.Screenshot-8579They moved into this swanky little house very close to the city since they loved the night life.Screenshot-8613And so, the only child who had not flown the nest yet was Hershey, which Twix did not mind since he thought his little brother was pretty awesome.  However, with the departure of his two older siblings, he noticed his father exhibiting some rather strange behaviour. Screenshot-8568Some very odd behaviour indeed…Screenshot-8566…And no conveniently placed plate could hide this fact.    Screenshot-8567Twix sobbed when he realised, being heir and all, he would not be able to move out to escape this kind of trauma.  At least, for the time being.Screenshot-8564

Aero Dynamic (Part 2)

Aero Dynamic (Part 2)

Knuckling down proved to be quite a challenge.  Some subject matters were more difficult to grasp than others.Screenshot-7558Musical theory was one of these topics.Screenshot-7561It was also slightly off putting having your girlfriend sat besides you snoring away.Screenshot-7563To keep my brain ticking over between classesI used the handyman skills I had picked up from my youngest brother, Hershey, to start up a little laptop repair company to make a bit of cash; you’d be surprised with how many students end up with broken laptops.Screenshot-7529Of course, I couldn’t rule out having a bit of genuine fun once in a while.  After passing my mid-term exams, I threw a masquerade party to celebrate.Screenshot-7592And partly as an excuse to show off my guitar skills.Screenshot-7580I also made sure to spend quality time with Adrianne since I’d been a bit of a rubbish boyfriend in the past.   Beer pong was one of our favourite activities whenever we wanted to unwind.Screenshot-7686I enjoyed it, purely because I usually won nine times out of ten.Screenshot-7685This annoyed Adrianne greatly.Screenshot-7684Obviously there were less competitive activities Adrianne and I enjoyed participating in whenever we had a moment alone, particularly in the hot tub.Screenshot-7698Screenshot-7697Like most people, I also needed my alone time every now and again.  Again, the hot tub was a perfect place to get away from everyone and relax.Screenshot-7703A few months of studying, socializing and romancing later, the final results were in.  My hands were shaking as I unfolded the sheet of paper that would determine my fate.  I was convinced I had only scraped a 3rd class degree at best.Screenshot-7781However, when my eyes scanned across the words, my heart skipped a beat.  Somehow I had snagged myself an upper 2nd class degree (Aka. a 2:1).Screenshot-7782Naturally Adrianne had done well too, although, annoyingly, she was only a few marks of obtaining a 1st class degree.Screenshot-7795Our graduation ended up being held on one of the snowiest days of the year, and although I was too stoked to care about frost bite.Screenshot-7810I was so proud to receive my diploma, as was Adrianne.Screenshot-7817Screenshot-7816We celebrated in style, savoring the limited time we had left at University before we had to head home and find proper jobs.Screenshot-7676To be honest though, I didn’t mind the prospect of growing up and getting old.  With Adrianne and my crazy family around, I knew I could still have fun along the way.    

Aero Dynamic (Part 1)

Aero Dynamic (Part 1)

Honestly, I never expected University to change me.  I’d heard the stories of my ancestors, how each one had learnt a life lesson whilst studying for their various degrees, but I couldn’t understand how a person could change so much in just the space of a few years.

Therefore, I was determined to stay on the straight and narrow, keep studying hard and practicing playing with my instruments (no pun intended).Screenshot-7307I was fortunate to have my girlfriend, Adrianne, as my room mate as well, studying for the exact same degree.  My parents warned me to not let her be a distraction, which, as you can see was a difficult feat.Screenshot-7333Ironically, in the end, the true distraction came from a different source completely.    I met Skip Taylor at the Fresher’s fair, by the “Xtreme Sports” stand.  As friends, we hit it off straight away.Screenshot-7277I had never really saw myself as a jock.  Sure, I had a relatively sporty mum, and my dad was certainly no couch potato, but I had grown up to possess quite the rebellious streak.  Maybe that’s why I caved into the partying lifestyle so easily.Screenshot-7289Screenshot-7281Rushing back home in the early hours of the mornings, head buzzing, soon became a regular occurrence.Screenshot-7285Like a good girl, Adrianne was always curled up in bed fast asleep, piles of books usually stacked next to her on the floor, her alarm ready to go off in a couple of hours time.     Screenshot-7295Still, this never discouraged me from doing the exact same thing the following night.Screenshot-7366Screenshot-7365Nothing could beat downing beer by the warmth of a bonfire, surrounded by fun people.  Or so I thought at the time.Screenshot-7369Finally, the late nights and excessive drinking took its toll.  Completely failing one of my core modules should have been my wake up call, but still even then I refused to see any sense.  Screenshot-7371Even when Adrianne voiced her concerns about me, I took it as a personal attack rather than her attempt to help me out. Screenshot-7377‘Aero, look, I know how much you hate relying on others, but I’m always here for you if you need someone to talk to.’

Her arms outstretched, she stepped forwards to hug me.Screenshot-7375  

Angrily, I raised my hands and cringed away from her advances, refusing to let her touch me after insulting my friends and my party lifestyle.Screenshot-7374‘Why won’t you let me comfort you?’ Adrianne asked, her voice close to breaking, ‘Are your pride and reputation really worth so much that you’d push away your own girlfriend, throw away your degree?’Screenshot-7376Her words hit home, but it wasn’t until receiving my end of term results a few weeks later that I finally saw the extent of the damage I had brought on myself.Screenshot-7382I had vowed to not change, and by doing so I had transformed into an utter idiot. And what for?  To impress a few people who I barley knew, who didn’t care for me in the same way my family and Adrianne did.  Damn, did I feel foolish.Screenshot-7385Following on from that moment, I knew it was time to pick my guitar back up and continue learning.  Partying could wait.Screenshot-7282

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