His kissing seems to have improved – 18th November 1999

Thursday 18th Panic over! That message wasn’t from Leon. Damon had been messing with his phone and typed in “I LOVE YOU” and sent it. I’m so relieved!

Bad news on the Becky front though. She still likes Leon and is wishing she hadn’t dumped him. If he still likes her too he could decide to go back out with her and to sod me. I hope he doesn’t.

Brett was going to get Leon to phone me at lunch so I switch my mobile off until I knew they’d be in lessons because I thought it might have been a bit awkward.

I found out from Lizzie today that Chris lives with Leon and his parents because his mum (Leon’s sister) was murdered. That’s awful! I think it happened a while ago but it’s a horrible thing to have happened!

I was wetting myself all day about going to the cinema with Lizzie, Brett and Leon this evening but I actually really enjoyed it. It wasn’t awkward at all like I thought it would be because Lizzie have me the impression that Leon was really shy and also that he wouldn’t make the 1st move but he did.

We went to see ‘East is East’ and the bits I saw were quite good! Before the film started, the lads asked me if I’d switched my phone off at lunch coz Lee’d tried to phone. Brett said Leon was dead upset but I think he was joking.

Pretty soon after the film began, Leon surprised me by putting his arm round me and holding my hand. It surprised me because Lizzie’d told me that, with Becky, it’d taken half the film before he put his arm round her and he only snogged her once after the film.

Soon after he did that, we met [snogged] each other. We did so about 10 times (I lost count!) and, I have to say, his kissing seems to have improved since the party and he wasn’t bad then either. He must have been practicing on someone (I hope not!) or something! He’s a really nice kisser and I really, really like him. If he asked me out again I’d say yes but I don’t think he will.

Even though it was freezing outside, we walked to McDonald’s to get food and to be picked up by parents. While we were there, Lizzie was going through messages on Brett’s phone. One was from Becky and it said summit like, “I S’POSE LEON FANCIES TESS NOW SO I’VE MISSED MY CHANCE”. Leon’s seen it but I don’t know what he’s going to do about it. He’ll have to make a decision between me and her. I’d hate being in that situation.

I really do like him but I bet he ends up getting back with her. I think she goes to his school so she’ll see him more often than me and she swims with him too. They were going out for about 2 months apparently so I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing for me.


P.S. I’ve just realised that Leon bought my cinema ticket. That’s so nice of him. He offered to buy me a McDonald’s too.

Slight overload on the kisses – 17th November 1999

Wednesday 17th I showed quite a few people Leon’s message and it got a mixed reaction. Some people thought it was sweet but my fellow admirees (Zoe and Lizzie who’ve had their lads say ‘I love you’ to them) understood why I was slightly freaked by it. We’ve drawn the conclusion that summit’s been put in the water at their school and it’s having serious effects on their hormones!!

Lizzie told Brett about it at lunch but he hadn’t known anything about it. I hope they don’t skit Leon for it or anything and I don’t want him to think I’ve been taking the piss either. Lizzie mentioned it freaked me out at bit too.

I had other messages from or involving Leon today. One was from Brett saying, “TES, WOT IS YOUR HOME PHONE NO, LEON WANTS IT”. I sent one back saying to tell him to ring my mobile instead. It’s just because I don’t want to have to explain to my parents who Leon is and I don’t want to lie either. It’d also be more awkward on the phone whereas on a mobile you can pretend they’re breaking up if you come to an awkward silence and can go!

I got another message from Leon in answer to my question of, “Do you know what’s going on tomorrow?” He said, “NO I DON’T, I THINK WE’RE MEETING OUTSIDE AT QUARTER PAST 6 LUV LEON xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” Slight overload on the kisses but that, I thought, was sweet.

Lizzie was trying to explain Leon’s family to me in Biology but I didn’t quite understand some of it. I got that Leon’s nephew is Chris (who was at the Trafford Centre that time) and Chris is only a year younger than him. She also told me that Leon lives near Warrington Hospital and that he used to model for Joe Bloggs when he was little.


How the hell am I supposed to react to that??!! – 15th November 1999

Tuesday 16th I had a better day today. Zoe was back to normal with me and Freda seemed okay too. Freda had managed to tune her radio in to the police and stuff and she kept hearing people calling ambulances so that was something to talk about. I was testing her by asking if I could listen and stuff and she let me. She seemed fine with me today.

Rachael Hollins asked me today if I liked Aled because Freda has told her that I said if Aled had’ve been at the party I’d probably never have met [snogged] Leon. I just told her the truth that I probably just wouldn’t have said no to meeting [snogging] Aled if he’d have asked me to.

Julian was also asking me why I liked Aled. He was saying how Aled was a bastard and, seeing as everyone else hates him, asking why I like him. I told him I don’t like him, I just don’t hate him. I actually do like him but I just don’t really fancy him anymore. What’s it got to do with everyone else anyway? You can’t help it if you fancy someone, can you?

I had 2 text messages on my phone today from Leon. The 1st one I was pleased to get and I couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. It just said, “HI ITS LEON. R WE GOING OUT ON THURS?” [All texts that I wrote down in my diary are in shouty-looking capital letters. Was there not a lower case option for texts in the late ‘90s or is this just how I wrote them out? I can’t remember.] I replied by saying yes but that Lizzie and Brett know more about it than me.

The 2nd message I got just plain freaked me out. This one said, “I LOVE YOU!”

How the hell am I supposed to react to that??!!

If I send one back I’ll have to say something like, “I’m not sure how to react to that last message”. What else can I say? I don’t want to ignore it because he might say it to my face on Thursday to see how I react for himself and I don’t want that to happen.

I also don’t want to send the same thing to him and he said to me because, even though that’s the reaction he might want, I’m not saying it if I don’t mean it and I wouldn’t mean it. I’m not even sure I fancy the lad! Like him yes. Well, I did but this has just scared me now.

He can’t seriously mean it himself. He’s only known me a matter of hours from the times I’ve seen him (at the Trafford Centre and the party) and at the Trafford Centre he was still with Becky and at the party he was drunk. It was dark and all!

Honestly, that group of lads from that school are a bit warped when it comes to feelings, I think. Brett’s told Lizzie that he loves her – various times (she had the same panicking reaction as me and doesn’t feel the same way) and Reevesey’s told Zoe he loves her.

I don’t believe this. I really hope he’s not expecting me to tell him I love him because he’s heading for disappointment if he is. We’re teenagers for God’s sake. Love doesn’t come into it seriously! His hormones must be getting mixed up or something!

Lizzie was saying that at swimming training last night I was being referred to as ‘Tesco’ again. Apparently someone said, “Leon really likes Tesco” in front of Leon and his dad! His dad didn’t know what they were on about and made some comment about Leon hating shopping or something and Leon just got embarrassed and went red!

It’s all very flattering but very scary now and all. I seriously need a good discussion with Lizzie and Sarah about this one.



I called him ‘The Honeymonster’ – 15th November 1999

Monday 15th I’ve not had a good day today really. The main fault was with Zoe. She fell out with me because of things I’ve said about Reevesy. Here’s the list:-

  1. I’ve called him ‘The Honeymonster’ too many times and too many other people have caught onto it.
  2. I’ve been slagging him off in front of her and other people.
  3. I’ve been telling people that if I’d have met [snogged] him on Bonfire Night then he wouldn’t be with her.

(I apologise for the various spellings of Reevesey/Reevesy/Reevsey/Reevsy/whatever!)

She confronted me about it upstairs in college and other people (mainly Freda) began to join in. It got off the subject of Reevsey and Freda started on how I was jealous because Zoe had someone and how I fancied Aled but I couldn’t have him. I don’t know where that crap came from but someone did point out that there was Leon.

Later on this evening, Zoe phoned me. I was quite glad really because I could try and give my side without other people butting in. My explanations were:-

  1. I called him ‘The Honeymonster’ because of his messages on my phone asking if Zoe liked honey. I apologised for carrying it on too long.
  2. Can’t remember slagging him off but I did do a bit of piss-taking which I didn’t mean anything by. Apologised for that too.
  3. Bollocks! I never said that to the people who’d told her I said that (Freda, Hayley and Aled apparently). Told her that what could’ve happened was that they twisted my words from when I said Brett asked if I’d go with [snog] Reevsy but I said no then he went for Zoe. Told her I didn’t mean it how it sounded. Apologised.

She seemed to forgive me but it depends now on what others say to her tomorrow. She told me it was so hard not speaking to me because I kept talking at her! She admitted she found the ‘Honeymonster’ thing amusing to begin with until others caught onto it. She told me that it wasn’t just me pissing her off, it was quite a few others too. I hope she doesn’t fall out with me again.

I got told by Oscar today that, at the party, Hayley’d been saying that “Lizzie is stealing Tess from me”. Stupid possessive little cow! That’s not on. I also got told by Sarah that, today, Hayley’d been saying (in a nasty way) how it was so obvious I fancy Aled. Bitch!

Nowt’s happened with Leon yet either. Lizzie spoke to Brett at lunch but Leon wasn’t around. Brett said that Leon really likes me. I want to know what he’s said! I might be going out on Thursday with Lizzie, Brett and Leon but nothing’s definite.

Lizzie told me that his full name is Leon Christopher Farrell (she thinks!) and she confirmed my suspicion that he’s only 16. Never mind, shouldn’t matter.


P.S. Beginning to go off Aled – too much hassle! Not fair really.

I just like Aled so much – 14th November 1999

Sunday 14th I’ve just watched ‘All the King’s Men’ on TV this evening. It really upset me. TV programmes don’t normally have that effect on me because I can convince myself that they’re not real and they’re only acting. With this it was different because wars like that really did happen and so many people were killed.

I didn’t buy a poppy this year because I never had any change. I feel terrible. I should have made the effort to find some money for it but I just never got round to it.

Lizzie phoned earlier asking me if I could go to the cinema with her, Brett and Leon. I said I had to do a Geography essay (which was actually true) and that I’d lost my mobile. She didn’t actually mention Leon asking me out. I’m not sure she knows. She said Brett had sent me a message last night but that was all. She said they talked about me using the codename ‘Tesco’ in front of Becky (Leon’s ex) but Lizzie said she told her that she’d done worse things to Leon before.

I’m still not sure what I’m going to say. I just like Aled so much.


Talking and snogging a lot! – 12th & 13th November 1999

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th I got to school on Friday morning and got given a pile of cards and a couple of presents. Julian got me a Mars bar because that’s what I’ve been telling everyone I’m getting them for Xmas!

Everyone in school knew it was my birthday because there was “Happy 17th Tess” pinned up in the toilet window. I didn’t really mind though. Nobody did anything horrible to me either which was good.

The party last night was brilliant! I went round to Sarah’s house with Lizzie to get changed and so we could arrive together. When we did get to Freda’s, I got more presents and cards and people kept telling me how nice I looked. (I dressed up a bit and was wearing my hair down.) Gethin came into the hall, saw me and Lizzie and said, “You two scrub up well. You both look really pretty.” That put me in a good mood.

Quite a lot of people had turned up by 9:00 pm and I was getting more compliments. Suzanna said my hair looked really nice, Emma kept saying I looked really pretty and Ewan Swann agreed. It was great!

Freddie Bevan turned up at one point. It was so nice to see him because I used to be really good mates with him when he was going out with Emma but then he didn’t come to our college so I’ve not seen him for ages.

Brett eventually arrived with Reevesy, Leon and another lad called Ste who Hayley took a liking to. I got cards of Brett and Leon and then they went and sat on the wall in the garden. I eventually went and joined them with Hayley because Lizzie and Zoe were out there too. Hayley went and sat with Ste (who by now knew she was interested) so I sat on the wall next to Leon.

I was just talking to Brett and Lizzie mostly. They knew I thought Leon was alright but because I was a bit drunk, I didn’t care. Leon and I ended up sitting really close together and holding hands. I realised it was going the same way as it had with Aled and Nathan so I was half expecting that I’d end up meeting [snogging] him. I did soon after. We were sat outside on the wall for ages after everyone had gone inside, just talking and snogging a lot!

We went inside too when Leon needed the toilet so I had to show him where it was. We went in the living room after that with Brett + Lizzie, Zoe + Reevesy and Hayley + Ste (who’d also met [snogged] each other but this time). We just sat on the sofa until 2:30 am, continuing what we’d been doing outside.

Zoe and Hayley had gone home earlier so Reevesy and Ste were moaning. The Mariah Carey ‘Heartbreaker’ song came on and set Reevesy off saying, “This song just fits with this party” and stuff.

People kept either coming in and switching the light on or making us laugh. If they hadn’t, I think Leon and I would have just kept kissing continuously! His hands kept wandering to my top and over my legs and stuff so it was a good job it was dark most of the time!

Lizzie and I walked them to the The Smithy pub where they were being picked up by Brett’s mum. Leon and I carried on kissing, leaning on the pub until their lift arrived and we had to leave each other. Lizzie told me on the way back to Freda’s as I was straightening my top up that Leon’s ex, Becky, had always said he was a bit of a ‘feeler’. Lizzie also said that Leon’d probably talk about the part at their swimming presentation evening tonight so she’ll fill me in on what he says.

Between meeting each other, we did talk a bit. His voice really reminds me of someone else but I can’t think who it is. I found out that he’s called Leon Farrell, he’s got 3 older sisters, he works for some plumber his dad knows and he supports Liverpool (bad!). I didn’t ask him how old he was because I’ve got a feeling he’s only 16 and I didn’t want my suspicions confirmed. He also told me that he doesn’t care about Becky anymore but I don’t believe him.

Other stuff happened at the party too…

  • Sarah met [snogged] Gethin. I can’t believe that. I was convinced he’s gay! I mean, he might well be but he said he really likes Sarah.
  • Emma’s now going out with Adrian Ford after they both told me they liked each other and I told them both to just go for it.
  • Freda met the 18 year old brother of Maggie Ridley called Adam and he gave her his number this morning.

I think that’s about it.

I slept most of today but woke up just in time to watch the England v Scotland match. I think I’ll go back to bed again soon.

Oh yeah, Karen was saying this morning that Ferny was flying a plane over the sea and a bird got caught up in it so he had to eject himself and was in the water for 6 hours. She says he’s got hypothermia which is why he’s not been in college.

Oh my God!! It’s now 8:00 pm and I’ve just got a message on my phone from Brett’s mobile saying, “Lee wants to know will u go out with him? Come out tomorrow with me and Lizzie.” What do I say? I really don’t know if I want to or not.

I just can’t decide but I’m going to have to give an answer soon. I like Leon but it’ll be dead awkward whenever I see him if he’s as shy as everyone says he is.

Okay, truth now… I really like Aled too and if I go out with Leon, I can’t have a sequel to Aled’s gathering and I want one.

I like being single too – no commitment to anyone. If I say yes then I could be with him for ages and I could miss out on other lads which I don’t want to do.

Oh, this isn’t good! I really have no idea what to say. I need to speak to Lizzie but she’s at her presentation evening for swimming with Brett and Leon and people.

Oh shit! I don’t like being in this situation at all.

I’ve just been watching that ‘Music of the Millennium’ on Channel 4 and Travis came on. Their lead singer really has got a look of Nathan about him.


Fit, fit, fit!!! – 10th-11th November 1999

Wednesday 10th I had a better day today, although Aled’s still not wanted at the party. Freda was being more friendly towards me today and so was Zoe.

I didn’t see much of Aled at all today. I saw quite a bit of Trotter though. Fit, fit, fit!!!

Kickboxing was all about using elbows tonight. I think I could be quite dangerous now if I wanted to be! We did a push kick as well tonight. While practicing, the gorgeous Rob the instructor came over to Evie and said, “If there was a colour to describe that kick, it’d be pink!” I thought that was quite good!

Oh yeah, Gethin was pretty much back to normal with me too. Back to hugging me and stuff all the time. I’ve been informed he fancies Suzanna now which could get interesting because she’s coming on Friday.


Thursday 11th It was Poppy’s birthday today and Cat and Freda put a big sign saying Happy 17th Poppy on it. I am now beginning to dread tomorrow! Freda also has a lot of bad photos of me and she has the power to enlarge them too!

Freda was in a pissed off mood today. She was being really moody and gave Sarah a long list of people who are pissing her off. Sarah says I’m wrong but I have a strong feeling I’m one of them.

Lizzie told me today that Brett’s mate and her swimming acquaintance, Leon, has split up with his girlfriend. She dumped him by letter last night on holiday. Although he’s probably thoroughly miserable, I’m not because he’s one of Brett’s better looking friends and could possibly be coming to the party. Lizzie said he’s a bit shy thought. Mind you, everyone said that about Nathan too.

Aled’s so stupid! I think he wants to come to the party but he’s being a bastard towards Freda because he knows he’s not wanted there. I’ve told him he’d better try and be nice to her tomorrow but I won’t get my hopes up.

He said to me today, “You look well nicer with your hair down.” I think I might wear it down to the part now – just in case!


P.S. This is my last day of being 16. At 12:14 am tomorrow, I’ll be be 17. Just thought I’d point that out!