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From: Caroline Bingley <cbingley98@gmail.com>
To: Louisa Bingley <louisabingley@gmail.com>
Date: 27 January 2017, 19:47
Subject: What a wonderfullll world

Dear Lula,

Guess who had an epic bad time last night?

Not me, for once. It was Liam. No idea of what happened but the air was proper odd and at one point we were playing ‘guess the movie’ and Liam and Bet were having a private conversation and no idea what went on except that they started raising their voices and we all got really quiet, like, what the hell? and they realised we had realised, and so Bet left. The house. While snowing. Proper dramatic. Liam came in after a few minutes, said he was tired, apologised for the argument (he did acknowledge it, at least) and went to his room.

By the way, we met Liam’s cousin, and he’s just added me on facebook? Before you ask, he isn’t half as handsome as L.

I know I’ll go to hell for saying this, but I sort of felt good when I saw L and Bet arguing. Am I a terrible person?

Love,

C

 

Date: 27 January 2017, 20:13
Subject: RE What a wonderfullll world

Don’t answer that, I know am I, I didn’t even answer your email about the housewarming party! You mind if I call you instead?

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 29 January 2017, 13:47

Subject: RE What a wonderfullll world

Dear Lula,

Right, we’ve started the second semester of uni! It’s exactly like the first. I’ve got Lois in most of my modules, so I won’t have to bother meeting new people if I don’t want to. Though I do. There might be a cute guy in French Culture. And by might I mean there is. I’ll keep you informed.

Everything’s great here though Ned’s taken to come almost every night, he pretends his intentions are pure but ofc doesn’t kid us. Frances and I are becoming experts in finding excuses to bail. Last night we ended up reading in her room, since it’s farthest from Mary’s.

Can’t think of anything else to say.

Yours forever,

Caroline

 

Date: 31 January 2017, 10:32
Subject: Sometimes

Ahhhh sometimes I forget I cut my hair and I see myself suddenly in a mirror or reflection and I am like Oh my gosh I look fit.

You’d tell me if I were posting too many selfies on insta would you?

 

Date: 31 January 2017, 23:43
Subject: RE Sometimes

Dear Lula,

We’ve just had dinner with Joana, the four of us here, and it was fun. I look forward to you meeting her. She’s v cute. And I am sad she’s leaving in two days. Not as sad as her though, she almost cried two times. I suspect Charlie will cry on the actual day (he’s driving her to the airport).

I didn’t want to ask about Bet and L, but Mary did and Joana said she didn’t know what had happened at the party (she def knows something but I don’t think she was lying entirely), only that Bet’s mad at him and thinks he’s a snob. Where’s the lie?

Thank you for keeping me in check hahaha.

Love,

C

 

Date: 1 February 2017, 19:23
Subject: RE Sometimes

Dear Lula,

I knew Milo was smart. So funny he’ll sleep anywhere except the sofa bought by the evil mother-in-law.

Today Henry came to the flat which believe it or not was a first for him. He’s still in the lounge rn, I left when he started talking to Frances about some old book, but we’re all going to the cinema in a bit.

Anyways he did meet Ian in London, turns out, and it’s true he’s got a deal with a label, which is why he didn’t mind sacrificing everything. “Sacrificing.” Like it’s him who we should feel bad about, you know? Not Mayra nor the rest of his band. Ugh. Henry is proper mad. Mary says they don’t need him as aparently the gig without him (Henry sang) was a success but I think he’s no so sure. I get it though. He was not only the lead vocalist but the handsome one, and I think he was counting a bit on this even if he wouldn’t admit it. They’ll have to do like these bands Mary likes and put abstract pictures in their album covers instead of actual pictures of them.

Speaking of which. I gathered my courage and posted Zayn’s poster on my bedroom wall. Plus the pictures of the parties. (And new Milo ones.) No one’s coming here anyway apart from M and F.

Love and barks,

C

 

Date: 2 February 2017, 15:23
Subject: Cry fest

Dearest Lula,

So, we saw Moonlight and it was so sad, oh my god. You should see it. F was shook. M too but for different reasons (I mean, the bloke was fit). That wasn’t even what I came to tell you. Thing is M and I wanted to go shopping afterwards but F said she couldn’t possibly shop after this film and she needed to head home and think and oooohhh myyyyyy gooooooooooooooood Henry insisted on walking her there, wdn’t take no for an answer, and they left together.

So I said: Mary, is Henry hitting on Frances or what?

M: He might.

What???

Heading to a pub now with Mayra!

Love,

C

 

Date: 4 February 2017, 13:23
Subject: RE Cry fest

Dear Lula,

Yes, “odd” is a way to put it, hahaha.

Sat night was fun, just M, Mayra & me. Nothing happened much, but Mayra’s finally starting to look alright again (I mean, still fat, but happier). It was an early night but still, I was knackered yesterday. And today, Monday again… how long for the weekend?

Love,

Caroline

 

Date: 4 February 2017, 17:31
Subject: RE Cry fest

Oh yeah, Ned had something come up this weekend but don’t worry yesterday he was all over M again.

Not that they’re not adorable.

Speaking of adorable: Milo pic?

 

Date: 7 February 2017, 19:44
Subject: RE Cry fest

Dear Lula,

Actually, Ned and M dating is making me catch up on my reading. Read the one you got me for my bday and it was really good, there are also like a thousand of those so I am excited. Not outlander levels excited, ofc. I’m telling you I’m never gonna like a book as much as outlander 3.

Ned and Henry are currently in our flat (am writing this from the kitchen) and Ned and M are talking about what an amazing singer F is and the 3 of them are ganging up to make her sing and I swear she’s praying for a crack on the floor to open and swallow them whole or something. I’m gonna say something.

Just said they should leave her alone if she doesn’t want to sing & now they all hate me (except F, I think).

HENRY’S COOKING DINNER.

 

Date: 8 February 2017, 13:38
Subject: RE Insta

Dear Lula,

Can’t tell from the pic?? It was panang curry with tofu and vegetables. He only knows how to cook curry but it was extra delicious, so we won’t complain if he does it again.

Just met Charlie for lunch and he’s a bit of a wreck though they facetime everyday, and also is well sure that in 5 months he’ll be living in Barcelona. I’m starting to believe him? He’s invited me to go with them tomorrow night. It has only taken him SIX MONTHS to be a good brother and invite me on a plan.

What about you? Your emails have been well short lately, I almost know more about you through insta (the kitchen decour is so beautiful).

In case it needed saying:

Love forever,

Caroline

 

 

Facebook chat

29 January 2017

Richard

Hey

Caroline

Hi

Richard

how r you?

Caroline

Fine

You?

Richard

grand

brilliant

did u have fun at the party?

Caroline

Saturday?

Yeah

You?

Richard

yes

despite

you know

Caroline

The very civil conversation between certain two people that none of us heard?

Richard

exactly

hahaha

Caroline

I mean, still not the most dramatic party

For me at least

Richard

i’ve heard something

Caroline

Brilliant

Richard

So

Caroline

Can I ask you something?

Richard

I was gonna ask you that

Caroline

Ask me what?

Richard

Can I ask you something

Caroline

I guess

Richard

You go first

Caroline

Alright

Richard

?

Caroline

How did you know who I was

At Waterstones

I mean

Did you know WHO I was?

Richard

well i wasnt sure

Caroline

But?

Richard

there’s this thing called facebook :)

i dont know, id seen pics of the parties

u looked familiar

and i knew charlie had a sister

so i was pretty sure

Caroline

Ok

Richard

?

Caroline

What else did u know?

Richard

you might have or might have not got vomit on darcys shoes

Caroline

Have a good day sir

Richard

hahahahahahaha

seriously

nothing else

why?

Caroline

What were you gonna ask?

Richard

are u always so proper

no wait i wasnt gonna ask that

but why do you write so well

Caroline

Are you wasting your one question with this?

Richard

Shit

wasnt aware

there was a one-question quota

really have to think that through

Caroline

Tic toc

Richard

no, i was gonna ask you

Caroline

Well?

Richard

nothing

I have nothing

Caroline

Alright

You want me to answer the being proper question

Richard

yes why not

Caroline

In case it was rethorical

Richard

let’s assume it was not

Caroline

Ok so

I write like this

Because

(Pay attention please)

GRAMMAR

Richard

what a sick burn that was

Caroline

Thanks

Had been holding on it

Richard

can tell

so

Caroline

Another question?

Richard

the first one actually

Caroline

If you say so

Richard

what do you think of your brother dating joana?

Caroline

What is there to think?

They are happy

Made for each other

Richard

truly

Caroline

Indeed

Why not?

Richard

don’t know

Caroline

I mean

Richard

hehehe

bring it

Caroline

Charlie is a famous serial dater

Richard

that he is

Caroline

How well do you know him?

Anyway I don’t want either of them

To have their hearts broken?

Richard

is that a question?

Caroline

Shut up

I mean by the long-distance thing

But also, I think

They do make a really cute couple

And can make it work

Richard

i think so too

Caroline

So I wish them happiness

Richard

me too

Caroline

Why wouldn’t I?

Great

Richard

so

the question

i was gonna ask you before

Caroline

You mean your fourth

Richard

potato potato

do you recommend outlander?

Caroline

Tv series

Or book

Richard

oh so you’re an expert

Caroline

Phd candidate

Richard

both i guess

Caroline

I do recommend both

Richard

fair enough

Caroline

Do I think

You might like the series more?

Yes

Richard

why?

Caroline

More man-friendly I think

Also the books were written in the 80s

Richard

i might check it out

Caroline

Yeah you should

Richard

i’ll let you know

Caroline

Please

Richard

have to leave now

sorry

Caroline

Me too

Richard

nice meeting you

I mean

saturday

not that we’re not meeting again

just saying

Caroline

Got it

:)

 

6 February 2017

Richard

damn

i know why you like it so much now ;)

Caroline

Hi!

Like what?

Richard

Outlander

Caroline

You’re watching?

Richard

aye

Caroline

Really?

Richard

why not

it was on my list

Caroline

So?

How far along are you

Richard

finished episode 3

Caroline

Wait

Were you saying I like it because of

The fit guy?

Richard

u know his name

Caroline

Of course I do

Are you though?

Richard

yes, i meant that

but not trying to be disrespectful

Caroline

I can like things because they’re well written and shot too

You know

There’s no photos on the books

So why would I read them for

Richard

are there sexytimes in the book?

are u cross?

sorry

didn’t mean to offend u

why wouldn’t u like well-written things?

i’m enjoying it

did u know the creator of the tv show is also the creator

of a scifi show thats amazing

my favourite show

that’s why this was on my radar

also i know

for a fact

there’s sexytimes in both book and series

am looking forward to it

Caroline

You should

haha

So

You’re reading medicine?

Richard

:)

not right now

but yes

Caroline

What year?

Richard

4

1st of clinical

Caroline

What does that mean?

Richard

started practising on humans

Caroline

As opposed to

Nonono

Sorry

Please

Don’t tell

Richard

Hahahahahah

it was mostly theory

don’t worry

Caroline

And how’s it going?

The human practice

Richard

can’t complain

and u?

how did your exams go?

Caroline

All good

Was worried about one

But no

Richard

what were you doing?

Caroline

International business + french

Richard

damn

sounds impressive

also a bit boring

is it boring?

Caroline

When is school not boring

Richard

i love all brain modules

Caroline

Brain modules?

Richard

neuroscience

mental health

that stuff

and i used to love maths in real school

and history

Caroline

Yeah, me too

Maths I mean

And the boring bits

Of English

Richard

boring bits?

Caroline

Grammar

Syntax

Etc.

Richard

hahahaha so now i understand everything

Caroline

Also I should tell you

Richard

What

Caroline

For some reason

My autocorrect keeps

Capitalising every capitalizable word

Richard

No

Caroline

Yes

Richard

So

You’re not

A

Capital

Letter

Freak?

Caroline

I still am

Just not to that point

Please don’t be disappointed

Richard

wow

am not

though i feel like i really know u now

hahaha

Caroline

Yes

It is my best well kept secret

:)

Richard

thought u didn’t have secrets

Caroline

Why?

Oh you mean

The game?

Richard

yeah

Caroline

V uninteresting

Richard

agree to disagree

Caroline

Brb

Gonna have dinner now

Recommend you binge watch till episode 7

Richard

well now of course i will have to

thanks caz

no sleep for me today

Caroline

Cool thing for a doctor to say

hahahahaha

Richard

;)