This round of the TEST OF TIME CHALLENGE will begin with the MORTON FAMILY, where much more is going on than is typical of The Morton house!
Kev approaches Tyron Whitman about Tasha, and they come to a pretty fair deal–5 lemons, 5 boots, 10 fish, and Tasha has to come over 4 times a week to help out in the garden until the next girl at the camp becomes a teen and can take her place.
Kev agrees to Tyron’s price and Tasha is so happy to be free again! Well, sort of. She does still feel indebted to Kev since he rescued her from captivity, so she wants to give him the son he needs to carry on his family name.
Tasha becomes pregnant!! (For the second time before her 16th birthday, and yet again with a man she doesn’t love, so she isn’t very excited, but Kev is.)
After her less than serious flirtations with Richard Hamilton and Rock Woods, Tasha meets Bram Smith and it’s essentially love at first sight. Even though she’s pregnant with Kev’s baby, Bram is there to support her, rubbing her back after a long day working in the garden at Tyron’s place.
Orlo grows up! Now Both Morton boys are adults. Orlo likes Ajani Moore, and decides to have a baby with her since neither of them have any other prospects.
Tasha has the baby and is delighted when it’s a boy!!!! They name him Barak, and Tasha feels that her debt to Kev has been paid.
Tasha and Leah Hamilton are besties, even though Tasha flirted with one of her brothers (Richard) while with another, and is now about to break Kev’s heart….
Leah meets Barney Woods again (who was also interested in Tasha first…) and they really hit it off now that they’re adults!
Barak was unlucky enough to get his mother’s complexion…
And over at THE MORGAN HOUSE…
Brooke and boyfriend Darius Black are hanging out, and Belinda becomes a child.
Then there’s an unexpected road block when Bree’s boyfriend Bram hooks up with Kev’s live-in girlfriend and baby-mama Tasha! Kev is devastated when he sees Tasha outside in a liplock with the younger man, and demands to know what’s going on. Tasha explains that she gave him a son and that’s what he wanted, right? Now she wants to be with Bram since they’re in love…
Bree is equally as displeased. In a world where finding a husband is your only chance of carrying on your lineage–and in a family of all girls–marrying into the wealthy Smith family had been a very exciting prospect. Not only that, but Bram claimed to love her!
Each in the throes of heartbreak and without really even knowing each other, when Kev approaches Bree and suggests that they marry, she assumes she isn’t going to get a better offer, even if Kev is the poorest landowner in all of Orchard Valley…at least he does own some land, and there’s always the possibility that together they can build a more prosperous family…
AT CAMP WHITMAN…
Lela Woods becomes a teen, so pregnant Tasha can finally stop coming to work their garden while the kids are occupied with the orchard, fishing for food/profit and cleaning the house. Little sister Rena is still new to the harsher conditions and is not a fan.
Hunter becomes a toddler!
Trella dies!! She and Tyron were having minor issues because she had convinced herself he was a sort of good guy, just misunderstood, but when she was carrying Jali outside she spotted him a little closer to Lela Woods than she was comfortable with, and quite aware than her own little sister will be coming of age very soon… They had a fight about it and hadn’t made up before she died. Tyron feels terrible!
Jali becomes a child! He and Rena Woods are best friends.
Trella’s little sister Jinella becomes a teen, and quite a pretty one, too!
Although Lela is slightly older, Tyron looks to Jinella to fill her sister’s shoes as mother of the brood.
Lela nearly dies but Tyron pleads for her life and saves her!
Hunter becomes a child!
Over at THE MOORE FAMILY, they’re still recovering from Kaz’s death… though the inheritance boosted their position in society.
Twins Khal and Khana become teens! Yay! The ladies will be happy to have another potential suitor.
Poor Jayla is so lonely that she consults a rock-reader about her love life. The woman tells Jayla a tall, dark and handsome man is in her future and sets Jayla up on a date.
The date goes TERRIBLY and leaves Jayla even more depressed.
Unfortunately, Khal picks a fight with Khana and Khana emerges victorious. Khal dies. 😦
In her devastation over her only living brother’s death, Tyron Whitman shows up and she ends up…charmed by him? Considering her family name is about to die out and she’s clearly not going to marry, Jayla sleeps with him in hopes of conceiving a son.
And she does! Even though his father is his dead aunt’s husband, baby Levi Moore is born, potentially saving the Moore name!
And over at THE WOODS FAMILY….
Leah Hamilton marries Barney Woods! Her dowry is only $94 but they don’t need the money.
They have a blonde-haired boy named Asher Woods!
All three generations! Fred and Wilma, Barney and Leah, and baby Asher!
Now the BLACK FAMILY….
Darius grows up!
Darius meets Pebbles Woods for the first time as an adult, and they decide to spend more time together.
Although he’s unsure about moving so fast, Darius proposes to his childhood friend so they can get started on their family. He’s the only Black male, so the family name depends on him (and Pebbles also has black hair, so she fits right into his family).
Jayma becomes a teen!
THE SMITH FAMILY…
While her pregnant sister is at home resting, Dinah begins an affair with her sister’s husband, Arnold Bishop!
Dinah finds out she’s pregnant, and when she gives birth to a boy, they name him Kyle Bishop.
Kyle becomes a toddler!
Ruthie and Roy become adults!
Over at THE BISHOP HOUSE….
Gerta gives birth to another boy! Brandon Bishop! Now, in addition to Kyle, Arnold has 4 sons! Maybe his family has a chance at rising up the ranks after all!
Brandon becomes a toddler and Gerta gives birth to their first daughter, Calah. Arnold was hoping for another boy, but Gerta is pleased to have a daughter. Sometimes her husband is just too single-minded in his ambition…
And finally, at HAMILTON HOUSE….
It’s a sad day for the Hamiltons. Patriarch of the family Till Hamilton dies. 😦
Our generation 3 heir, Phillip, becomes a toddler!
Mara is pregnant again, and this pregnancy is really taking its toll on her. With Till gone, they needed some outside help to keep up with the gardens and the orchard. Michael found nomad Alonso Kenmore and he was willing to work for only room and board, so he came to stay with the Hamiltons to help out.
Unfortunately, the very lonely widow Tisa is attracted to Alonso, and they end up sleeping together. Consequently, Michael kicks Alonso out, and he must find somewhere else to live.
When Mara finally gives birth, it’s to another boy, and they name him Thomas Till Hamilton in honor of his grandfather.
Since she nearly died several times during her pregnancy, Mara informs Michael that they need to take a break before they have anymore kids.
ROUND 8 STATS
- Hamilton: $92,766
- Smith: $87,834
- Woods: $70,089
- Bishop: $41,499
- Black: $32,778
- Whitman: $21,187
- Moore: $20,549
- Morgan: $18,885
- Morton: $17,119