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Part II: Sping semester

 

 

From: Caroline Bingley <cbingley98@gmail.com>
To: Louisa Bingley <louisabingley@gmail.com>
Date: 8 January 2017, 20:22
Subject: Back again

Dear Lula,

I honestly don’t remember what I told you in these emails. There’s nothing to tell. M’s still not here, she’s got more than a week for her first exam so she’ll take a few days. F arrived yesterday and we’ve spent together most of today, studying though. We also updated each other a bit re the holidays. Turns out she spent most of it planning charity events with her mother, which didn’t sound v exciting in fairness. I guess this is where her big heart comes from anyway (not possible since she was adopted at 10+ but you know what I mean). Though every time I hear her on the phone with her mum, she only ever says yes, no, and thank you, which is worrying.

I miss you a bit.

Love,

C

 

Date: 10 January 2017, 15:21
Subject: RE Back again

Dear Lula,

Of course your house is amazing, didn’t I tell you like a thousand times in person? But what about John, do we forgive him for that awful present he got you? In all honesty, I think he meant well.

Nothing new here, still studying. Also went to meet with Lois for a bit at the library and later for coffee. Ned came today to have lunch with us. Don’t know if he came because he knew M wasn’t here or because he didn’t. It was nice either way. I mean, he’s a nice person, though maybe not someone I imagine M ending up with. They’ve gone on a walk now, F and him, even though it’s freezing and I really don’t know how they can be bothered. All the Bertrams are already set in their house again, Hal included. Not that it matters. Charlie and Joana are coming back tonight, I might go say hi tomorrow.

4 days til my first uni exam.

Love xxxx

Caroline

 

Date: 11 January 2017, 22:13
Subject: RE Back again

Dear Lula,

Oh my goooood. I went to see Charlie today and you know who was there? Bet. Apparently she’s v good friends with Mayra’s sister Ela (who goes to class with L?) and she left all her things in their house between moving flats. Fortunately, L was at the library, but I imagine they’ve met a few times, right? They must’ve. And Charlie says she gets along v well with L’s cousin, though I don’t know when or why she’s met him.

Anyways Charlie was super happy and Joana too, except when I said she must be sad she has only two weeks left and she almost started crying. My bad.

I also asked Ela after Mayra since she isn’t answering messages, and she’s back here as well just not in good shape. F and I decided we’re gonna check on her tomorrow. Frank (wasn’t there but we got the message via Ela) said none of them have heard from Ian but Henry went to find him in London. Downright dramatic.

Amyways, that is all. F went to the cinema with Ned and they’re not back yet, so I guess I’ll go to sleep.

Love,

Caroline

PS: I am glad you and John are perfectly alright again, you were made for each other (despite his shortcomings).

PPS: I haven’t worn my coat yet, no. I think it’s a night-coat, feels a bit too precious to wear it only for going to Costa or the library, right?

 

Date: 13 January 2017, 20:37
Subject: RE Back again

Dear Lula,

I haven’t left the house all day today. I am so ready to take the test tomorrow, I honestly do not want to hear about models of decision-making ever again. Wrong career choice then, is it not? Kidding.

Mayra wasn’t as sad as I thought she’d be, but you know what she was? Fat. She’s definitely put on more than a stone. Just mad. Says Ian never got back to her at all, so he’s a scumbag and she knows, but still misses him. I mean, he was v handsome honestly so I get it.

M said she’s coming back tomorrow, and we’ll meet after my exam. Ned’s also asked her to meet when she gets back. Maybe to get back together? F thinks so.

Speaking of F, she says I don’t look fat at all and so we’re eating the banoffee muffins she made while watching Belle, have you watched it? The film and not the muffins.

Love,

C

 

Date: 14 January 2017, 08:43
Subject: RE Good luck

Dear Lula,

THANK YOU!

 

Date: 14 January 2017, 18:22
Subject: RE Good luck

Dear Lula,

Not sure I got all of it correctly. But it’s done!

M got here a few hours ago, had great fun. She didn’t look sad at all and was v happy as usual, the three of us caught up, though F and I already had and it was mostly M talking, but still brilliant. She spent Christmas with her aunt, father’s side, who is married but still young and has no kids, and Henry spent some days there too but is now in London truly hoping to talk to Ian and all that. She sent him a selfie of the 3 of us (well, F was moving away as she took the picture so there’s only half of her) and he said he hoped to see us soon. M said he’s over Mia and Julia and the whole thing, which apart from good news for them (sisterhood and all) is good news for her and Ned. They’re meeting tomorrow as she wants to keep him waiting a bit (and she’s too knackered to face him, didn’t say, but I can tell).

I’m gonna take today off and read a bit in bed as a reward for my hard work. It is back to studying tomorrow.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 16 January 2017, 08:49
Subject: gASGAGaagsa

OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD

GUESS WHO I JUST SAW

COMING OUT

OF

MARY’S

BEDROOM??????????????????????

I need to tell someone who understands what big of a deal this is, but I don’t think F would appreciate it, and Mayra’s not in the mood. Is it weird to write to Henry about her sister’s sexdoings? I mean, it’s Henry.

 

Date: 16 January 2017, 11:02
Subject: RE gASGAGaagsa

Oh yes it was Ned of course, sorry. Talked to Henry, hilarious. Says he’s happy for Mary though, as a nice brother would. Haven’t been able to talk to M properly as Ned went through the charade of him having just arrived now to have breakfast for the sake of F and me (doesn’t know I’ve seen him), but she winked at me and gave me a thumbs up when no-one was looking so I guess passionate night of lovemaking has been confirmed. Sooooooooooo crazy. Cannot believe it.

Who has sex on a Tuesday though?

 

Date: 16 January 2017, 21:23
Subject: RE gASGAGaagsa

Dear Lula,

I’m gonna fail tomorrow’s test and it’s gonna be M’s fault, I’m telling you. Ned ended up staying for most of the day, and then when he left he asked F to walk him home, I guess to break the news to her? But if there is one thing F isn’t is dumb. Or blind. She KNOWS.

Obviously when they left, M spilled everything to me. I thought she’d be happier. Maybe something she’s not telling me? Turns out Ned never thought they’d broken up, just that they were going over a batch, difficult times, etc. Can you believe it? I said it’s weird then that they hadn’t talked FOR A MONTH and M agrees but didn’t dare say that to him. She likes him still a lot and says she was extremely happy yesterday when he said he loved her (!) to the point of tears even, but that at the same time she’d got used to the idea of being single again. I wish I had that kind of problems.

Lots of love,

Caroline

 

Date: 17 January 2017, 13:43
Subject: RE Bingleys never fail

Dear Lula,

I honestly disagree, have you seen my life lately? Even my highlights have roots.

The exam went well, not as bad as I feared. Still might fail?

Thank you for being the best sister etc.

Love,

Caroline

PS: Milo pic?

 

Date: 19 January 2017, 14:48
Subject: RE Bingleys never fail

Dear Lula,

Everything is going back to normal again. F is at the shop working, M is out with Ned. They’re officially back together and though she was weird that first day she seems fine again. V happy for them. I think F is also happy for them which I didn’t think she’d be.

Saturday and no plans—really seems all is back to normal!

Monday’s Liam bday, which I honestly wish I could forget but can’t. Charlie wanted to throw him a proper party next Saturday, but he said no. A bit mean considering it was also gonna be Joana’s farewell party though. Still, they’re having a small do with some people and I am invited. Have 1 week to mentally prepare.

Charlie says I’m allowed to bring one person. Big slap to the face. What person? Guess I’ll ask F, since M has a boyfriend now.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 21 January 2017, 12:17
Subject: RE Bingleys never fail

Dear Lula,

Another exam done, it was business economics so it went great.

Today is also Liam’s birthday, I wished him hbd on his FB wall but waited until there were messages of at least a few people, to make it normal. Also my message was well impersonal, like his for mine. The sort of message you think they haven’t bothered with at all.

Going to treat myself to a mani after the hairdressers.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 21 January 2017, 16:29
Subject: So?

Dear Lula,

What do you think?

Am I crazy?

 

Date: 23 January 2017, 17:44
Subject: RE So?

Dear Lula,

Thank you <3 I still feel a bit weird when I look in the mirror but M and F say I look really pretty, (M said “even more than before if that is possible” which is the nicest thing to say). Building my confidence to post a selfie on insta.

Have the last 2 exams tomorrow, everything looking good.

To be honest I am kind of glad I can spend most of these days at home because it is FREEZING. I wanted to buy an outfit for Sat but it’s so warm in here, no chance I’m getting out there again.

Also am having hot choco with F right now. Yummmmmmmmmm.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 24 January 2017, 16:48
Subject: RE So?

Dear Lula,

I am freeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Definitely printing this pic of Milo and putting it on the wall. I’ve finally started to decorate and have also posted a couple of pictures of the hike. Seems like a lifetime ago right now, but a nice memory nonetheless.

Tonight we’re starting series 2 of Outlander. Are you gonna keep watching it on your own? Be honest, you loved it.

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 25 January 2017, 17:44
Subject: RE So?

Dear Lula,

Laziest day of the year yet. Much unlike yours I suppose.

Anyways, hope the housewarming party tonight goes really really well. Thought knowing you I really can’t see how it couldn’t. I so wish I could be there. Hopefully most of John’s coworkers end up not coming? Let me know how it goes.

On re to tomorrow, I ended up being honest with M and F as they both had assumed it was a party and they were invited.

Me: So, I am allowed to bring only one guest

M: Oh my god, who do I have to fight?

Me (ignoring her & using my posh accent): I’d love to bring both of you, as you are both the most agreeable companions a girl could dream of

M pretended to dry a tear

Me: But a choice must be made

F: What a cruel world we live in

Me: Indeed. So please make the choice for me

F: I am free if Mary isn’t. If that’s the question

Me: I want you to come. If you want to come

M: I want to come

F: Then I can stay at home

M: Don’t be silly

Me: Alright, I guess I’ll say I lost count

Love,

Caroline