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From: Caroline Bingley <cbingley98@gmail.com>
To: Louisa Bingley <louisabingley@gmail.com>
Date: 25 November 2016, 17:48
Subject: RE Well?

Dear Lula,

Do you really want to know how it went? Do you? Quick recap before we go over it on the phone at another time (F & M are in their respective rooms and they could hear everything through these walls).

  • Julia finally shut Henry off and had a fight with Mia
  • So she told Ned something she shouldn’t have
  • Which is that Mia dropped out of uni
  • And Henry knew
  • And Ned is angry at Henry because he says he encouraged it
  • And Mary backed Henry up
  • So Ned and Mary fought (it was awful)

Oh, and also, Hal tried to kiss me and I pushed him away.

I need a nap.

Love,

C

 

Date: 26 November 2016, 19:21
Subject: RE Well?

Dear Lula,

Thanks for your words. Instead of a nap, F came to collect us both me and M and made us watch a film she said we would like. And we did, and then we made homemade pizza.

Wanna talk now?

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 27 November 2016, 15:33
Subject: RE Hello from the other side

Dear Lula,

I am really well to be honest, I just feel v. silly. Why couldn’t I kiss him back? It’s all that I wanted (I mean, someone nice to take my mind off L) (preferably not Elton). Also, I’m sure you’ve seen it but since he posted the photos on FB (I look weird, don’t I? But not in a bad way?) I took the one he’d joked about being my Tinder profile and posted it on insta. And guess who’s liked it? Of course it’s L.

I’m writing to Charlie now see if I can arrange something, I’ve got this feeling that the longer I go without seeing L the more I think about him, which isn’t that exactly the opposite of what should happen?

To be honest, the fact that M’s so wrecked and needs to be distracted is working v. well for me. Not that I don’t wish to see her doing great obvs.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 27 November 2016, 20:12
Subject: RE Hello from the other side

Hahaha Is it really the first pic you see of Frances? Of course she’s v. pretty, why shouldn’t she be? And yes, Mia’s a bit scary. I can’t believe what you’re saying about the guys. How can you say that? I think they three are fit. And you said before Ned was handsome! Sure you don’t need glasses sis?

 

Date: 27 November 2016, 20:23
Subject: RE Hello from the other side

Ohh I am glad you say so. He is, right?

We just became friends on insta.

 

Date: 27 November 2016, 20:28
Subject: RE Hello from the other side

I know. Yay to sending mixed signals.

 

Date: 29 November 2016, 10:09
Subject: Checking in

Dear Lula,

How’s everything? Getting used to the house?

The microec teacher is late as always, but for some reason today Lois isn’t here and I’m making my best not to fall asleep right now.

Yesterday I had tandem with Joana, and I think it’ll be the last one before Christmas. After Christmas we’ll just have one session to put our dossiers together and stuff, ‘cause she’ll be leaving. I haven’t talked about it with Charlie yet, though we’re meeting this weekend. Turns out Joana is only here for one semester, so she’s going home for the holidays and then back here only for the exams, but unfortunately (for me) Bet’s here for the whole year. Wouldn’t everyone be happier if it were the opposite? Probably not L.

Anyway, I sort of had a great time with Joana, but then she also said the weirdest thing, like she though I didn’t want her to get together with Charlie?? Can you believe that? When did I say that?

He’s here!

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 29 November 2016, 13:13
Subject: RE Checking in

I said that?! I really don’t remember. Maybe I just said it because, you know, she was leaving soon and I didn’t want him to have high hopes or anything, but of course I think they’re a cute couple!

Oh dear. I am a bit of a hypocrite aren’t I.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 1 December 2016, 13:13
Subject: RE Checking in

Dear Lula,

Today the plan is to stay in. First, because of all the drama. Second, because deadlines and exams are approaching and everybody is panicking. I’m meeting Charlie later, though, so I’ll tell you how it goes. I really hope I don’t see L. I really really hope so. That I don’t. I mean.

Also I walked with F to get breakfast this morning and we met with Ned and Hal. It was all right. I mean, he acted as if nothing had happened. Maybe he hadn’t tried to kiss me? Maybe I got it wrong? I haven’t mentioned it to anybody, I thought about telling F but the moment probably passed. She is a bit worried about Ned, and Ned was a mess. Much like M. They still haven’t made up. Can you believe it? They fought over Mia leaving Uni and Henry encouraging her, what does it even have to do with them???

Anyways, they walked us back to the halls and said goodbye, so no big deal.

Having lunch now (I’m cooking! Can you believe that? For me and Mary, so, there’s no animal produce in this risotto, not even cheese) (Corpse-free risotto she calls it) and afterwards meeting Charlie, so I’ll loop you in as I get home.

Love eternal,

Caroline

PS: I’ve deleted Tinder

 

Date: 1 December 2016, 17:35
Subject: RE Checking in

I met F outside when I got back and told her the same thing (what does it even have to do with them?) but wait cause the plot thickens. Mia used the money of the tuition (?) for clothes and even asked money for books etc that she spent on drinks etc. Still wouldn’t be their problem except for the fact Ned mentioned it to M and she said, in true M fashion, “it’s only money, what’s ten bags to your dad?”

 

Date: 3 December 2016, 13:13
Subject: RE Checking in

Dear Lula,

I’ve been bored to death this weekend, I swear. Yesterday we spent the day at the library but it wasn’t even productive, half of it I spent it on insta, in fairness.

Anyway. I did meet Charlie on Saturday, forgot to tell you and it is big news. He’s doing v. well. Not so much with uni, I honestly worry about his grades, but whatever. He’s very happy with Joana. He said they’re gonna do the long-distance thing. Of course they have the Christmas weeks to try it out, and then she’ll be back for three weeks, and off again.

And now

Sit down

Here comes

The

Bomb

Ready?

He says he’ll move to Barcelona once he finishes uni.

Seriously.

I mean, I wouldn’t even count on him finishing uni this year.

Let’s see how he drops the news to mum and dad, I really hope we both get to be there to see it.

That is all for todayyy!

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 4 December 2016, 18:23
Subject: RE Checking in

Уважаемый Lula,

Got the second best grade in the Russian exam!!!! Congrats to me!!!

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 4 December 2016, 21:40
Subject: PUPPY

Dear Lula,

There are no words, literally NO WORDS, for how cute your new puppy is. OH MY GOD!! I didn’t even know you wanted a puppy???!!!!! What are you gonna name him??? Oh my gooood. I am so jealous. You’ll have to be careful though he’ll leave white fur everywhere!! Remember Jane? She had to change whenever she got home and she still had white hairs in all her clothes all the time.

Anyways, SO CUTE, I’ll share it with F & M see if you can hear the sighs from London.

Love,

Caroline

PS: These are the most boring weeks ever, send me all of the puppy pics you want. Today I literally went shopping out of boredom if you can believe it!!!

 

Date: 4 December 2016, 18:23
Subject: RE PUPPY

Dear Lula,

The puppy remains adorable. I vote for Milo, though if I had a dog I’d name him something completely human. And regal, I think. Like Prince James, Duke of the Kitchen and Master of the Chaise Longue.

No, who I am kidding, I’d probably name him after Jamie Fraser. I’m 60 pages from finishing the second book! Don’t think I’ve ever read faster.

Well, Mary and Ned did see each other yesterday but only for a second, because he came to pick up F. It was cold Lula, cold. Anyway, they decided to meet on Friday to talk things out. M is infuriated and depressed at turns.

I’ve printed some of the photos of the hike to hang on my wall (still bare) but now I’m thinking it’ll be very insensitive to M, as she’ll have to think about that weekend every time she comes to my room. I guess I’ll wait see what happens. F is the only one who seems to have come out unscathed from that dreadful weekend, even if I can see it in her eyes that it hurts her to hear M dissing Ned.

Attaching pic of the last shopping haul.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 6 December 2016, 19:23
Subject: RE PUPPY

Dear Lula,

Mayra unexpectedly came for dinner yesterday, and the four of us ate together and had a great time. I think even M had a great time. I like Mia and Julia but it’s better without them, I think. Though really, I don’t even like them that much. And even F looks more comfortable when they’re not here, and she’s known them all her life.

We ordered thai food and talked and listened to music and danced. It was hilarious when F got home from the shop and found us dancing to Salute with the whole choreography (nice to know they can listen to fun music too). There were even nail-polish and facemasks involved.

M hasn’t been seeing Henry a lot these days, and Mayra has updated us on the situation. Turns out Mia’s been sleeping on their sofa for a few days already, can you believe it? Apparently she wants to become an actress now. People have really no sense of responsibility. Do they?

Love,

Caroline

PS: They totally saw me as Perrie only because I’m a blonde, can you believe it? I said of course I am Jade, the only reason I’d be Perrie is so that I have the memory of Zayn’s naked touch engraved in my brain, which they all agreed was a good enough reason, though M admitted he had been a Styler in her teenage years. And so turned out we all had had 1D posters in our bedrooms at one point in our lives—mine being currently, and an ex, but you know.

 

Date: 6 December 2016, 22:03
Subject: RE Who are you

Dear Lula,

Hahahaha I am afraid M’s having an effect on me. I stand behind everything I said about Z though.

Love for you and for Milo,

Caroline

PS: Oh! That’s the French band I was telling you about

 

Date: 7 December 2016, 23:41
Subject: RE Who are you

Dear Lula,

OH MY GOD I FINISHED THE SECOND BOOK! But I’ve just knocked on M’s door to talk about it and SHE’S STILL NOT HERE. I think she must be still with Ned. Good sign?

I NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH SOMEONE. And the end is crazy. WHAT A WAY TO END A BOOK. First thing tomorrow I head to Waterstones to buy the 3rd one. I was gonna ask to have it for my birthday since M doesn’t own it but I honestly can’t wait.

Have a good night xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Caroline