He skived just for me! – 18th & 19th February 2000

Friday 18th to Saturday 19th Jake sat in the common room with me all morning. He had lessons but he skived just for me! He then came down to the bus turning circle with me and before I left we had a couple of very, very nice snogs. He told me he’d miss me and that I had to avoid any male ski instructors.

When I got on the coach, I found myself infront of Robbie Taylor [Jake’s brother] but it didn’t really matter in the end because he didn’t say much.

Jake and Hayley waved me off and then, as the coach was pulling out of the road by school, I saw Jake run to the other end of the school followed by Hayley so he could wave me off again. That was really sweet!

The journey was very, very long and very, very boring. It took us 29 hours to get to Pra Loup and I only had about an hour of sleep.

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There was an extra lad who came on the trip with us. He’s called Alex and is Mrs K’s friend’s son. He’s in my year and came with us because he couldn’t go with his school in Bolton because of exams or something. He’s a rugby players and is extremely nice looking.

Before I crossed the Channel, I got some texts. One was from Hayley saying, “HOPE U R NOT BORED. ME + JAKE HAD A NICE CHAT ABOUT U. HE REALLY REALLY LIKES U. ENJOY YOURSELF, B CAREFUL, C U SOON LUV HAYLEY xx”.

Then I got one from Jake saying, “HAYLEY IS SO SLOW AT RUNNING! TELL MY BRO THAT HE DESERVES TO HAVE HIS LEGS BROKEN 4 NICKING MY MAGAZINE! KEEP IN TOUCH. LOADSA LOVE JAKE + HAYLEY xxx : ) xxx”.

I then got questioned about me and him by Mrs L so I texted him telling him and he sent a reply saying, “TELL MRS L 2 STOP BEING SUCH A BIG BULLY. HAVE U HAD THE HONOUR OF HER KIDS SAT ON YOUR LAP YET? IS MY BRO ANNOYING YOU YET? LOVE JAKE xxx”. Hannah and Jack L came with their mum. They’re really sweet actually. I know them because they want to Austria as well.

I had a phone call from Hugo as well. He wants me, Jake and Sarah to go round to his in March. I also spoke to Hayley. Jake’s told her about his mum and said she had good days and bad days and he sometimes gets depressed about it all. He told her that he’s not told many people at all. I did get a phone call from Jake himself but he didn’t say much. I really started to miss him at that point.

When we finally arrived at the Marmotel we found out that Claire and I were sharing a room with Janine Worsley and Katie Downes. The room itself was crap and so was the food but the rest seemed okay.

Tried to phone Jake using 0044… etc. but I got the BT Cellnet woman. Spoke to Mum to let her know we’d arrived safely.

Bye!

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I’d have bloody well told Hugo where to go! – 17th February 2000

Thursday 17th I didn’t see much of Jake again today. I did find out that Hugo told Sarah that Jake thought my Valentine’s present to him was sweet. Good!

I actually spoke to Hugo myself at lunch. He annoyed me a bit though by telling me that there was no need to keep asking if Jake liked me. I haven’t asked him that at all as far as I know. Then he started going on about me and Jake both being too shy. We can’t help that! If he wasn’t his best mate, I’d have bloody well told Hugo where to go!

He did tell me other, more interesting stuff though. He said that if I ever had to buy Jake a present I should get him something to do with Beetle cars cos he’s obsessed and would be dead pleased according to Hugo.

He also told me that Jake had overheard his parents saying how he’d started going into college earlier since he’d been going out with me and he yelled from the top of the stairs, “Do you want to talk a bit louder?!”

I’ve had texts off Jake tonight too. I started it off again by telling him something that was said today. I put, “HI! SARAH + JULIAN DECIDED THAT IF I GET CAUGHT IN AN AVALANCHE, THEY’RE GONNA SHARE U. SHE WANTS YOUR FRONT HALF + HE WANTS THE BACK!! I’D WORRY! LOVE U, TESS xxx”.

His reply was, “I’M NOT GONNA WORRY COS U AREN’T GONNA GET STUCK IN AN AVALANCE! (THAT WOULD BE JUST MY LUCK!) WHY DOES SARAH WANT PART OF ME? NOW GET PACKING!! LOVE U 2. JAKE xxx”.

I replied, “I AM PACKING (U SOUND LIKE MY MUM)! DIDN’T ASK WHY SARAH WANTED U. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE! DIDN’T THINK. I COULD HAVE SOME COMPETITION THERE! OR WHAT ABOUT JULIAN?!? LOVE T xx”.

Then he said, “NAAHH! YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE FOR ME, NOT THAT I’M HOMOPHOBIC OR DON’T ENJOY THE THOUGHT OF A THREESOME WITH SARAH + HUGO… HONEST! NOW GET PACKING! HUGS N KISSES xx”.

I replied, “OH I SEE, SO THAT’S WHAT YOU’LL B GETTING UP 2 WHEN I’M NOT HERE TMW NIGHT!!! R U GOING OUT ANYWHERE? I’M SO FED UP. I CAN’T FIND HALF THE STUFF I’M MEANT 2 B TAKING! xx : )”.

His next message to me said, “NO I’M NOT DOING ANYTHING TMW NIGHT APART FROM PACKING + THINKING OF U STUCK ON THAT COACH. ANYWAY ALL MY MONEY IS IN FRANCS, NOT MUCH USE HERE xx”.

Later on, I sent him one saying, “FINISHED PACKING! I BET I’VE 4GOTTEN SOMETHING! JUST HAD A PANICKED MESSAGE FROM SARAH COZ HUGO RANG + SAID HE LOVED HER. U THINK HE’S BEING SERIOUS? HE’S ONLY SEEN HER ONCE!”

Then I got this message from his phone, “BOO, I WANT U NOW BABY YEAH!!! FROM MASON!” + then an apology from Jake saying, “SORRY THAT WAS MASON – WE’RE AT WORK! I THINK THE PROBLEM IS THAT HE’S NOT SEEN HER SINCE + DOESN’T WANT TO LOSE HER – AS FOR LOVE, IT’S PROBABLY MORE LIKE LUST! LOVE x”.

I reckon it’s the same with Jake. Mind you, he’s only actually mentioned love in texts so I suppose it’s a bit different.

I’m going skiing tomorrow! YEAHHH!!! I’m going to really miss Jake though.

Bye!

 

He can’t possibly mean it, can he? – 16th February 2000

Wednesday 16th I saw a bit more of Jake today than I did yesterday. The more I see him, the more I like him! I saw him 1st at morning break and then at the end of lunch. Both times he just sat and talked with me for a bit. I got my kisses too!

I saw him most after school. We both stayed until 4:30pm but unfortunately, we weren’t alone. Hayley stayed too and whinged on about Andy so we had to advise her on what to do about him which is basically nothing. We also had a good cringe over her dodgy text messages from him! Jake said, “It’s the shy ones you have to watch.” Do I need to be worried then??!

He was also telling us about his phobia of phones. He said the just doesn’t like speaking to people on the phone and that he was put on the phone desk in an office for his work experience and he said it was awful. He also said that when he’s at work and the phone rings, he just puts the call straight through to someone else. To be honest, I’m quite glad about his little phobia because I don’t particularly like talking to people on the phone unless I know them really well. We’re both glad of the text message service!

I found out that for his A Levels he’s actually just doing Physics, Geography and Technology (Design, I think) now he’s dropped Art (which he was only doing at GCSE anyway).

I’ve had messages off him tonight too. I sent the first one saying. “SORRY ABOUT HAYLEY. I DIDN’T THINK SHE WAS EVER GOING TO SHUT UP ABOUT ANDY! SHE’S PROBABLY SAT BY THE PHONE NOW STRESSING COZ HE’S NOT PHONING! HAVE U GOT ANY FREES FRIDAY AM?”

I then got 3 in a row from him saying, “HI, IT’S ALRIGHT ABOUT HAYLEY, I’M GLAD YOU’VE GOT SUCH NICE FRIENDS! ANYWAY, IF SHE WASN’T IN THE CAR MY SIS WOULD HAVE BEEN GIGGLING AWAY! I’LL CONTINUE IN ANOTHER MSG…” You see, he gave me, Hayley and his sister Clara a lift home after school so we couldn’t really snog or anything when he dropped me off.

The next text said, “I’VE GOT LESSONS FRI AM BUT I WANT TO WAVE YOU OFF SO I’LL SKIVE! JUST BEEN TO A PARIS MEETING – ONLY 4 LADS GOING – I’M LUCK I’VE GOT U! JUST GOT YOUR MSG FROM MON…” (My message from Monday just said that I’d sort of told my parents and that I couldn’t stop smiling and thanks.)

His next text then said, “YOUR MOBILE IS SO SLOW!! LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY, THERE’S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND! LOADS N LOADS N LOADS OF LOVE, JAKE xxxxx : ) xxxxx”. That’s the best message I’ve had from him yet but he can’t possibly mean it, can he?

I sent him one then saying, “IT’S JUST A CRAP PHONE! I’M NOT IN THE MOOD 4 KICK BOXING… WAY 2 HAPPY NOW! LOVE U SOOO MUCH! IF THERE’S ONLY 4 LADS GOING, THAT MEANS MORE GIRLS SO Y R U LUCKY? xxx”. [Fishing…]

I like the reply, it said, “I’M LUCKY COS YOU’RE A BABE AND I WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TRYING TO PULL SOMEONE JUST TO KEEP UP WITH MR SMOOTH BARNES!! LOADZA LOVE JAKE xxx”. I did send him another saying that it’s snowing (yeah!!) here and in France and that I wish he was coming with me but I’ve not had a reply.

Bye!

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Jake just went extremely red and so did I! – 15th February 2000

Tuesday 15th I didn’t actually see much of Jake today. I didn’t see him at all 1st thing and I only saw him at break briefly but he was talking to Ken Dronfield. I didn’t even get a kiss goodbye at the end of break like I normally do.

He came up towards the end of lunch and we were looking at Hugo’s website of his cruise ship holiday which contained photos of him and some of his mates. His site address is www.*****.demon.co.uk and his e-mail address is hugo@*****.demon.co.uk and his mobile number is 07803 ******.

Jake also showed me his Young Enterprise company’s website from when he did it last year. Their company was called Curiosity and they made stress balls and stuff. There’s a few photos on it too, some including him. They’re not as nice as he is in real life though.

Gethin totally embarrassed me and Jake today. Inside my pencil case, there are little cartoons printed on the tin. Hayley pointed to the pregnant one and said, “That could be me after I see Andy!” and I said loudly, “What, you’re pregnant?!” but Gethin decided I was pregnant and was running round shouting it and asking Jake daft questions. Ha ha very funny, Gethin!! Prick!

At one point I went off for a few minutes to speak to Hayley and when I came back I asked what I’d missed and Gethin said, “Why? Have you been giving Jake a blow job?!” Then he started saying to Jake, “That’s what you want though, isn’t it?! Tess to wrap her lips round your…” And so he went on in way too much detail! Jake just went extremely red and so did I!

I saw Jake at last break. I got a kiss of him at the end of lunch and break so I was a bit happier.

I had messages of Hugo tonight saying, “HI TESS HOW WAS YOUR DAY? I’VE JUST SPOKEN 2 JAKE. HOW WAS SARAH 2DAY I GOT HER CARD IT’S GREAT I LOVE IT, TEXT ME” and “IT’S OK TESS, I SPOKE TO SARAH AT LUNCH 2DAY + WE’RE GETTING ON REALLY WELL I REALLY LIKE HER. IT FEELS LIKE I’M DREAMING SHE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL.” (Ha ha ha!! Soppy git!)

And then, “I JUST HAD A NORMAL CHAT WITH JAKE BUT I KNOW HE REALLY LIKES U A LOT!” I want to know what Jake says, as in his exact words, but I don’t like to ask.

Bye!

I really, really, really, really like him now!! – 14th February 2000

Monday 14th Wow!! Jake bought me so much stuff! It made me feel extremely stingey!

I was absolutely wetting myself about giving him my present and how he’d react. I think he was a bit disappointed actually but he didn’t say so. It was quite embarrassing when he gave me mine because a small crowd had gathered!

He came in the room with a massive plastic bag from The Discovery Store and presented me with a big red rose. Then he began to empty the contents of the bag. The first thing he got out and give me was a gorgeous white teddy bear holding a heart.

Bhakti told me later on that he and Hugo hadn’t shut up about Sarah and me when she was shopping with them and that Jake had been cuddling all the bears in the shop to see which one was the nicest! He was sat there going extremely pink in the cheeks as she was telling me this.

The bear he bought me looks something like this:-

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I love it! It’s so sweet! I just feel really guilty for not getting him something more.

The next thing he got out was a red bag covered in gold hearts. Inside it was a glass jar containing a strawberry scented candle with wax in the shape of strawberries making it up and two soaps, one in the shape of a heart and another like the candle.

The gift tag on the bag was this one:

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It’s a bit soppy but really, really nice what it says inside.

That gift tag was nothing compared to what it said inside the Valentine’s card he gave me.

His writing’s so nice inside that, at first, I thought it was printed in!

I bet he was really disappointed with my card because all I put inside was “Love Tessa xxx”. I did it in a rush this morning and I would have written more if I’d had time but even then I wasn’t expecting a poem off him. I get that nice feeling in my stomach every time I read it! I hope he realises how much I like him.

Later on, Sarah found a receipt in her bag from Hugo so she looked in mine and was successful in finding one: 

To be honest, I was relieved to find out that he only spent £6 on the bear!

Hugo’s beginning to scare Sarah now. He keeps phoning her and sending her messages saying he’s falling in love with her and that he wants to go further with her. He’s only ever seen the girl once!

Jake also had a call from Hugo after college and, as I was speaking to him, he asked why Jake was still at college so I asked him for Hugo and he said, “Because you’re here”. Aaaahh, so sweet! I really, really, really, really like him now!!

According to Emma, Sinead Holt in my year said that I got the biggest and best Valentine’s present in the whole college. Cool! [It more than made up for the previous Valentine’s Day.] 

I ended up getting a lift home off Mum so I had to tell her who the presents were off. She just kept smiling and says he must think a lot of me and keeps asking if he’s nice. I say yes, of course! I don’t think she realises I’m actually going out with him though.

Bye!

P.S. I’ve just remembered: Jake told me that his whole Geography class was calling him stingey because Sian Dell had told them all he didn’t come to watch me in the RNCM concert yesterday. I’m bloody well glad he didn’t!

His chewing gum fell down my top – 12th February 2000

Saturday 12th I had quite a good night last night but the daytime was a bit on the stressful side of things. As soon as I arrived in college in the morning, Sarah ran up to me and said she had some inside information on Jake. She was talking to his mate, Bhakti, and she’d told Sarah that Jake was going out to get me a Valentine’s present. She also asked him what he’d want and he’d said something which was sentimental and not Lynx or something bought just cos I had to get him something.

That seriously panicked me! All I’d got him was a card so Sarah and I decided to go into Warrington there and then. This meant we ended up skiving the whole day. I didn’t feel too great about doing it but there was no other time to buy him a present.

We trekked around the shops for ages before I finally decided on something. I’d already got him a card which says, “I was going to fill this card with kisses…” on the outside and then, “… but I’d rather give them to you personally!” on the inside. I then found some Purple Ronnie heart-shaped chocolates in New Look with a poem on the box saying:

Snogs ‘n’ Kisses
I hope these snogs ‘n’ kisses
Are the best you’ve ever had
They’re to tell you that you’re gorgeous
And I fancy you like mad

The chocolates are the snogs ‘n’ kisses, you see. I also got him a little horny hedgehog. It’s a stuffed red toy hedgehog with horns, a cape and a fork thing. I think it’s dead cute! I just hope he doesn’t get me anything too big or expensive. I also got a little bag to put it all in with that little grey bear with a blue nose on it cutting out a big heart.

At one point in the day, I rang Cat to ask her opinion on what to get him She told me that he’d been sat in the common room at break waiting for me but nobody bothered to tell him. So I sent him a text saying, “HELLO! CAT SAID U WERE LOOKING 4 ME AT BREAK. I’M NOT ACTUALLY IN COLLEGE. SORRY! I’M IN TOWN INSTEAD (BUT SSSHH!). HAVE U GOT BHAKTI’S NUMBER? SARAH NEEDS IT. LUV TESS”.

We wanted Bhakti’s number because we wanted to know if he’d bought me anything but he sent one back saying, “HI TESS, BHAKTI IS HERE WITH ME NOW BUT SHE HASN’T GOT HER PHONE WITH HER SO CAT CAN TALK TO HER ON MY PHONE??? SEE YOU LATER LUV JAKE xxx”. I think he got a bit confused with Cat and Sarah!

When we arrived back at college, Jake was sat in our common room talking to Hayley, Bhakti, Freda and Floyd. Bhakti had told Sarah on the phone earlier that, for a present for me, he was considering something white, fluffy and sentimental with perfume. Should I be worried??!

Hayley told me later that he spent 45 minutes choosing a card for me and even if we hadn’t have been together he was going to send me a card anyway except he didn’t know my address cos he couldn’t find my dad’s initials on the electoral role or something.

I spoke to him myself briefly and he told me he was bringing a mate from Knutsford out with him that night and he’s a bit posh and we had to look after him.

The next time I saw Jake was at 8:30 last night at The Dog. He said he’d been there for about 10 minutes but had seen me, Sarah and Hayley stood at the bus stop so he knew we were on our way. His mate, Hugo Pratt, was okay personality-wise but, in looks, he reminded me of Big Paul (which isn’t really good!) but Sarah took a liking to him and that liking was returned.

Some woman came round selling carnations for £1.50 (rip off!) so Jake bought me one which I thought was really sweet. He was telling me that he and Hugo had been best mates for about 4 years and they met through their dad’s working together. Hugo’s loaded so I didn’t have to pay for a single drink all night!

When Jake went off to the toilet, I asked Hugo why the hell he liked me when he could have anyone, almost. Hugo said that Jake told him I was exactly his type so I was perfect for him. Hayley questioned Jake himself on the same thing when I went to the toilet and he said he thought I was really pretty and I have a good personality. I’m so flattered!

I snogged Jake at the bus stop on our way to The Plough. There were loads of people about, including Abby, but I just didn’t care! I like him sooo much!

Hayley ended up pretty much on her own in The Plough because Sarah and Hugo ended up with their tongues down each other’s throats nearly all night. Jake and I managed to control ourselves (a bit!) and spent ages talking. I found out loads.

  • As well as a brother, he’s got a sister too called Clara in Year 9, who’s mates all fancy him! Damn, competition!!
  • He told me that he used to go out with a girl Lara Beale and that he only had a crush on Emma cos she was the 1st person he’d ever met [snogged] (but I’m not allowed to tell anyone that). He doesn’t like either of them now.
  • He works at The Pheasant pub where he lives.
  • I also asked him about Canada and he told me he’d paid for it all and he’s going in October but only for 5 months and then he’ll come back and do Architecture at Huddersfield University. (Hugo told me that Jake said I probably would wait for him while he’s in Canada.) Jake told me that I’ve got to go over and stay with him for a holiday while he’s in Canada and all I’d have to pay for is a flight. That’d be so cool!

Later on, we got onto the subject of liking each other. I asked him how long he’d actually liked me for and he said that, ages ago at LA Bowl, some of my mates had said I fancied him and stuff and he told me he felt really pleased about it and then disappointed because they later told him they were joking, and it went on from there. The thing is, I did actually like him, I just didn’t admit it.

Around the same time as we talked about that, someone came over and asked what was actually going on between us. I didn’t really know so I asked him and he said, “Well… I really, really like you…” then he paused for a few seconds before saying, “Will you go out with me?” I did hesitate though and said yes straight away. So we’re officially a couple! 🙂

When we had to go home, we were just snogging goodbye and his chewing gum fell down my top. I only found it when I got him so I’ve stuck it under my desk for safe keeping! Disgusting, I know!

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[It’s not there anymore (I checked) but for some reason, I did take a photo of it at the time. Weirdo.]

Danny Barnes gave us a lift home in the end. We didn’t want to leave each other but had to. When I was in bed, I sent him a text saying, “HI! I CAN’T SLEEP NOW COS SARAH WON’T SHUT UP! WE’RE BUSY DISCUSSING U BOTH! HA HA (EVIL LAUGHER)! WHAT WAS HUGO’S SURNAME AGAIN? SHE WANTS TO KNOW. C U SOON. LUV TESS xxx”.

I got a really nice one back saying, “HIS SURNAME IS PRATT + HE WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT SARAH! I REALLY ENJOYED TONIGHT!!! LOVE YOU LOADS JAKE xxx”.

I sent him another one saying, “SARAH’S GONNA HAVE A SERIOUS HANGOVER IN THE MORNING BUT SHE SAYS HE’S WORTH IT! HMMM! SHE’S JUST GOT HIS MSG + SHE’S HAPPY! I ENJOYED IT 2. NIGHT NIGHT! LOVE TESS x”. That was it for the night.

Then this morning, Hugo phoned Sarah. He told her that Jake really liked me and had never felt like this about anyone before! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’m so happy!

This evening, I went to LA Bowl with a few of my mates. I saw Spike from 911 again and Robbie Taylor.

I had a message conversation with Jake. I started it by saying, “DID HUGO C SARAH AT THE TRAFFORD CENTRE? SHE WAS DREADING HIM SEEING HER IN WORK! CAT WANTS 2 KNOW IF U’VE ANY MORE MATES THAT SHE CAN HAVE!?! LOVE TESS xxx”.

I then got 2 back. One said, “NO WE DIDN’T SEE SARAH BUT HE’S MENTIONED HER NAME SO MUCH HE’LL BE SAYING IT IN HIS SLEEP! BHAKTI HAS SOMETHING FOR SARAH FOM HIM! DOES SHE REALLY LIKE HIM?????” + the other said, “IF SHE DOESN’T I THINK SHE MAY HAVE A PROBLEM!! HE’S ALREADY TRYING TO WORK OUT WHEN HE’LL SEE HER AGAIN! YES THERE’S PLENTY OF PEOPLE I KNOW IN KNUTSFORD! LOVE JAKE”.

My reply was, “I THINK SHE DOES LIKE HIM… A LOT! SHE WOULDN’T SHUT UP ABOUT HIM LAST NIGHT OR THIS MORNING (I NEED SLEEP!) + SHE’S NOT MENTIONED GETHIN ONCE! R THEY GOING OUT?”

The next message from him said, “I’M TALKING TO HUGO AT THE MOMENT – HE SAYS HE WOULD LIKE US ALL TO GO OUT FOR DINNER TOGETHER, HE IS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT SEEING HER AGAIN!!” I can’t go out for dinner!!! That’d be awful! I hate eating in front of people I fancy.

After I saw Robbie, I thought I’d better explain why I was at bowling so I texted him saying, “I CAN C YOUR BROTHER! I’VE JUST BEEN DRAGGED 2 LA BOWL (HELP!!) BY FLOYD COZ HE’S GUTTED ABOUT SARAH + HUGO + SAYS HE NEEDS TO TALK 2 ME. WHAT SO I SAY??! x”.

I told Floyd about it earlier today and received a text back from him saying, “HI TESS. ONLY JUST SEEN U’RE MESSAGE. HEARTBROKEN COULD NOT COMPARE 2 WHAT I’M FEELING NOW! THANK U 4 TELLING ME B4 EVERYONE ELSE TELLS ME! FLOYD”. Poor lad.

My next Jake message said, “I DON’T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BUT HUGO IS GETTING VERY PROTECTIVE – SAY HI TO ROBBIE. LET ME KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!” I’ve just sent him a reply telling him what Floyd said about being heartbroken. I hope he doesn’t say anything to anyone.

I got an odd text from Jake at 10:00pm which didn’t fit in with anything. It said, “SORRY, I’VE JUST REALISED THAT YOU SENT ME THAT MSG AT 1 O’CLOCK – I’VE BEEN AT WORK FROM 4 TIL 8 + THERE’S NO SIGNAL IN THE PUB! DID U ENJOY SHOPPING? LUV JAKE xxx”. I’m sure I didn’t send him a message at 1:00.

I’ve just had a call off Hugo. He wants to know what Floyd’s been saying or something. I didn’t tell him because Floyd was in the car with me on the way home from bowling. He says he’s got Sarah a horny devil thing and chocolates. She knows what Jake got me but won’t tell me. Grrr! I want to know!

Bye!

P.S. I’ve just remembered another thing that Jake said last night. Hayley mentioned me being Tess Taylor if I married him and he told me that he’d actually thought about that himself!

Gross or what?! – 10th October 1997

Friday 10th At lunch today I saw quite a lot of Dougie. He was outside our form room when I took my bag up and he was looking at me so I smiled at him. He smiled back.

After I came back in school, I went with Freda and Olivia into a practice room in the Music block so Freda could practice the kit. There were a few lads in there already but Mr P cleared them out. Most of our friends ended up in the small room and so did Dougie and Jez Greenhalgh.

Jez said something to Emma about Dougie coming in to shag her. I didn’t really hear why he said it but it made Olivia laugh. Mr P then came in and told us all to get out except Freda but as soon as he went, we all crowded round the doorway.

Dougie kept coming in and seeing what we were doing and at one point Olivia said, “Doesn’t it look a bit suspicious with you in a room full of girls?!” That then caused Freda to say, “Especially with Tess standing in the corner!” I sort of gave her a disgusted look and Dougie smiled sarkily and went out again.

I was standing in the corridor later on with Emma when Dougie walked up to us and stood up really close to me and said, “Are you coming ice skating?” I told him I didn’t know but probably. You see, Hayley, Emma and Freddie Bevan had all decided in Geography that we’re going ice skating in the hols and Dougie and I are going too. It started off as the cinema but it changed for some reason. Dougie said he can’t skate coz he hasn’t been for ages but the other lads (including Jez) go every week.

The bell went and we all went up to our form rooms. Dougie was lined up with a few other people but he was basically on his bill. I was going from the stairs to the form room so I could see what he was doing and if he was watching me. He did once! [Probably only because he was wondering what he feck I was doing going back and forth from the stairs.]

We had P.S.E. last thing which is when I see Dougie most, usually on Fridays. It was our last lesson on careers with Mrs L and she was going round the class asking us all what we wanted to do. I was the only one who said I didn’t know and I don’t really. I quite like the thought of working with animals, you know, as a vet or something.

Well, Dougie said he would like to be a journalist or a writer I never imagined him as that but it quite suits him really. I like it!

Orchestra was good. Every time Mr P mentioned my name, I glanced over at Dougie (who is opposite me at the other side of the room) to see what he did. It made him look up usually. Emma also said she saw him craning his neck around Robert Osborne when he walked between us!

Dougie was doing the bells for a Christmassy song and I looked up at him, smiling coz he looked funny sitting there with bells and he looked up and smiled back. We ended up both laughing and I couldn’t play my flute!

Woah! I know all along that Davis fancied Lizzie. Then today in Maths he sent her a note asking her out! Urgh! Gross or what?! I think I’m the only one who doesn’t think it’s ”kinda sweet”. She hasn’t given him an answer yet.

She went out with Ralph too. She seems to attract pricks! [Er… Without giving away too much, I may or may not do a U-turn on that in a couple of months.]

I’m going now.

♥ BYE! ♥