He has an “instant reaction” – 28th July 2000

Friday 28th This is the postcard that took ages arriving. I forgot to stick it in before. My mum said it arrived after I’d left for Valkenburg.

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It was really nice waking up to Jake again this morning. We stayed in bed for ages. I just feel totally comfortable being around him now. He told me he is happy and that he loves me sooo much and couldn’t love me any more cos there’s no more love in him. That’s so sweet!

He also told me he likes me with my hair down best.

It was Freda’s party tonight. Nothing much happened for me cos I was with Jake all night but Sarah had a mad, passionate session with Adam Reynolds, a total creep who is also known as Furry Adam cos of his minging facial hair! I shoved him into the kitchen door and a wall cos he kept feeling my arse.

Jake did nothing but wasn’t very pleased with Furry Adam who kept saying he just wanted to be friends with me and who I kept telling to fuck off!

Jake brought his tent so we slept in one sleeping bag in there. It was very squashed but very warm and cosy! Every so often Jake kept snoring so he must have fallen asleep. We had no room in the sleeping bag to do much else, although he had an unsuccessful go at undoing my skirt!

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[I can’t believe I didn’t write down the fact I dropped that entire bottle of Archers (that I’d only just purchased from the cash and carry in Calais) moments after this photo was taken. It was devastating enough to remember 18 years later!]

I did manage to tickle him though and found a bit on his stomach that he reckons is like a G-spot cos he has an “instant reaction”. I’m not entirely sure what reaction that is though!

Bye!

[I found a couple more photos from the party. As well as failing to mention that I dropped the bottle of Archers, I also failed to mention that fancy dress was optional.]

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[Sarah chasing Reverend Gethin through Freda’s village.]

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[Karen looking after Gethin whilst Sarah went for a wee.]

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Three’s a crowd – 5th May 2000

Friday 5th Pretty normal day in college (boring!) but we went to the fair in Knutsford tonight. Me, Jake, Sarah, Gethin and Hayley all packed into the Beetle and set off. The fair was quite a big one and was pretty good and all. We went on the Waltzers first which was top! There were loads of other rides and we all went on most of them. Jake didn’t go on some frog thing so he was stood with all our bags! It looked quite funny!

It didn’t take long for him to hold my hand and put his arm round me and, when it got colder, he kept cuddling me. He’s lovely!

Everything was going fine until Hayley chickened out of going on some ride. When we came off, she was being all quiet and started crying and said to me, “I knew it’d be like this. I knew I shouldn’t have come.” I just assumed she felt like a ‘spare part’, as she put it the other day, because Sarah and Gethin were getting along. She’s so selfish!! I seem to remember numerous trips to LA Bowl when she left all her mates bored stupid while she went off with Andy.

Nobody really gave her much sympathy when she cried cos she does it too often so she started being dead pally with Gethin and linked him and wandered off with him in front of Sarah who still really fancies him (Hayley knows that too!). It was so unfair of her cos then Sarah started getting upset cos Hayley was (probably deliberately) ruining Sarah’s chances with Gethin.

When we’d spent up, it wasn’t that late so we went for a wander to show Sarah Hugo’s house. Sarah went on ahead on her own by a few metres cos she was pissed off with Hayley (quite rightly), especially after she’d been all over Gethin, asking him to win her something (he won a Pokemon keyring but I ended up getting it, along with a fake Tweetie Pie that Jake won and gave to me!). Sarah also began to give up on Gethin.

At one point, Sarah staggered a bit and Gethin ran to see if she was okay. Hayley came over to me and Jake and said, “I bet she did that on purpose, and look, it worked.” Bitch!

I whipped my bike light out of my bag as the streets got darker and Jake was fighting to get it off me when I was shining it on the houses!

We got to Hugo’s but turned round and headed back to the car. We’d been walking for ages and Jake and I still hadn’t kissed because Hayley wouldn’t go away. She kept talking to us and wasn’t taking any hints to leave us along, even for a few minutes. Jake even used the words, “Three’s a crowd” at one point but even then she carried on ‘reminiscing’.

We had to wait until we got back to the car park and Gethin and Sarah were in the car and Hayley was on the phone to Andy before we got a kiss. Then Gethin started whistling so it didn’t last long.

We got back in the car but didn’t want to go home so selfish cow Hayley demanded we went to Lymm. Jake (because he’s too nice) took us and we stopped up a road down the side of Andy’s house. Sarah, Jake and I got out cos we were bored of sitting in the car. Sarah went for a wander and Jake leaned on the car and cuddled me. We got a chance to snog quite a bit too!

Hayley rang Andy and he came out of his house and said hi (he was being really nice and likes Jake’s car) and then said he’d take Hayley home later so we finally got rid of her!! Sarah was very pleased!

I got told Jake doesn’t only shampoo his hair but conditions it separately too!

We started talking about stalking and I asked if he’d be worried if I went and sat outside his house. He said it’d be top to have a stalker so I told him that I wouldn’t be very pleased if he had one! He said he meant if he had me as a stalker but that I didn’t need to stalk him anyway.

After a while, we got bored of Lymm so we went to Altrincham, got there, turned round and went back to Sarah’s village to drop her and I off (I stopped over at her house). When the car stopped, I went in the boot to get my stuff out and picked up something which I thought was an old sheet. I saw what I thought was a label on it so I got out my trusty bike light and had a better look, only to discover it was Jake’s Scout uniform with badges on it!! Aaahh, how sweet, he’s a Scout! Ha ha ha!!!

He got out to let me out of the car and we kissed one last time in the middle of the road. I love him so much!!

Got in bed on Sarah’s bedroom floor and received a message. It was off Jake and said, “HELLO! : ) BEFORE I FORGET, I’VE GOT YOUR GLOVES! TONIGHT WAS TOP! IS SARAH OK? GETHIN SAYS HE’S IN A NO WIN SITUATION! I HATE LEAVING YOU! LOVE YOU LOTS! xJx”.

I said that it was a shame we had 3 other people with us because of all the dark country lanes. He said, “OH WELL! IT WAS STILL GOOD : ) TOO COLD ANYWAY! THEY HAD OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT! WHENEVER I KISS YOU IT SEEMS BETTER THAN THE LAST ONE! LOVE YOU! xxxxx”.

I don’t know where that last bit came from! Either he meant it or was just trying to find something nice to say that he’s not said already! Either way, I’m not complaining!!

Bye!

Desperate, an illegal immigrant or a total headcase!! – 7th & 8th March 2000

Tuesday 7th Lizzie, Bella Jameson, Jake and I were all sat in the common room this afternoon and we ended up having a discussion about Zoe. It wasn’t the most pleasant of conversations as it revolved around BO, mould and used sanitary towels under her bed. That’s disgusting. Bella told us the last part and we can well believe it! The guy she reckons she’s marrying must be desperate, an illegal immigrant or a total headcase!!

We were just saying how lads must have no sense of smell because she still gets them and I suddenly noticed Jake had gone very quiet. As soon as I realised why, I said to him, “Perhaps you could enlighten us on this one!” He went very, very red!! Then he tried to explain what’d happened at Matt Carrera’s party when he snogged Zoe.

The story involved him drinking a bottle of vodka and her being very persistent, him giving in outside on the drive and then hiding behind a car when someone came round the corner! He wouldn’t let her sleep near him though (or so he says!) and he did tell me that he’d only gone to the party because he thought I was mates with Zoe and might be there. Good! He’s such a babe!!!

Bye!

Wednesday 8th I’m still deaf so I went to the doctor’s after school and he put me on some decongestants or something because there’s all fluid in them and my sinuses are all blocked. Hope they work!

Gethin messed up Jake’s hair this afternoon. It made all the gel stuff come out so his hair went all fluffy. I’ve never seen it when it’s normal before, it was weird but he was still gorgeous!

I didn’t get a snog today because as we were beginning one at the end of college, Mr H (head of college) walked in and said something like, “Steady!” which was rather embarrassing and kind of put us off!

Kickboxing was good tonight but there are loads of new people now and they’re mostly girls. Not good – they stand behind us and giggle and piss me off! We’re learning combinations for the grading in 3 weeks’ time and Dave (our instructor) kept coming and talking to us about skiing because he knows we went and he went for his 2nd time ever to Switzerland last week. It snowed there apparently.

Bye!

P.S. Had a text from Sarah saying that her mum thinks her mates are leading her astray! Charming!!

Zoe says she’s getting married!!! – 29th February 2000

Tuesday 29th I remembered today that Jake had admitted to being a Manchester City fan on Sunday night. Oh well, at least he’s not following the Scouse lot or anything!

Cat was talking to Jake’s mate Jenny in their Art lesson today. She told Cat that, in Paris, Jake was sat clutching his phone all evening saying stuff like, “Tess usually rings at this time. Why isn’t she ringing me?” or something. That’s good to hear because I wasn’t sure that he’d have wanted me to keep phoning him.

Jake also told me on Sunday that in Paris, Sadie Harding had tried it on with him and snogged Aled. She’s got a boyfriend too – slag!! Anyway, I got Abby to question her today on it all. I believe Jake that nothing happened but I wanted to see what she had to say about it because, before I went to Pre Loup, I’d jokingly told her to keep an eye on him for me.

After school, I asked Abby what Sadie had said and she told me that she had snogged Aled (I didn’t care about that part) and that her boyfriend doesn’t know (for future reference, her boyfriend’s Kingsley Stevens!) and that she’d slept with Jake in his bed. So, Abby then of course walked off, leaving me worrying all through Swing Band!

I found her again afterwards and asked for details and she told me that Sadie had just slept in the same bed as him and some people thought they were cuddling up but weren’t. I was relieved to hear that!

I sent Jake a message though, just to check his reaction. I said, “HELLO! WHAT’S THIS I HEAR ABOUT U SLEEPING WITH SADIE HARDING??! SARAH’S NOW DECIDED THAT SHE DOESN’T REGRET DUMPING HUGO + CAT GOT ALEX’S NUMBER! LOVE TESS x”. I got a message back from him explaining that Aled and someone called Kelly had also been in the same bed because his was broken and that nothing happened.

I sent one back just to let him know I knew saying, “I KNOW, U DIDN’T HAVE 2 EXPLAIN! WHAT U UP 2? I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN DOING MY GRASS ESSAY FOR BIO!! (YAWN!) SEE U ON THURS : ( LOTS OF LOVE TESS xxxxx”. (He’s not in tomorrow because he’s going to Plymouth for something.)

I got a reply saying, “DON’T DO THAT TO ME AGAIN! I NEARLY HAD A HEART ATTACK – I THOUGHT SOMEONE HAD MADE UP SOME RUMOUR ABOUT IT + U WERE UPSET ABOUT IT!! LOVE U LOADS J : ) xxxXxxx”.

I sent him an apology for scaring him and asked what he’s doing this weekend. He signed of his next message, “LOTS OF HUGS N KISSES LOVE J : ) xxx” and I finished the one after that (about not fancying going to Manchester with Freda and co.) quite simply, “LOVE U xxx”. It’s the end of his messages that I like best!

Zoe says she’s getting married!!! She also says she wants me, Rochelle, Bridget and her sisters to be bridesmaids! I’m in shock! We’re not allowed to say anything yet cos her mum doesn’t know. She’ll go mad!! She’s only seen this guy once and met him on the internet. It’s got to be dodgy!

Bye!

P.S. I got a really nice snog off Jake before last lesson. I can’t write down how much I like him! It’s quite scary actually!

I never thought of lads using lip balm but Jake does. He left his and his wallet at Brian’s on Sunday.

At lunch, I was just beginning to think we were just going to sit there with no physical contact but then he kept shifting his chair closer to me and eventually put his hand on my leg. Every time I let go of his hand, he put it back on my leg and it always made my stomach do that weird (but nice) sinking thing!

Glandular fever which he caught off a hooker! – 24th February 2000

Thursday 24th This was the best day of skiing so far!! I didn’t fall over once and we were bombing it down the mountain. Leather Steve said it was good to see me at the front with the lads.

In the morning, Robbie wanted a photo of me but I didn’t want him to take one because Jake would see it if it was bad. He tried again later saying, “But Jake’ll want one of you!”

We had a test in the afternoon lesson. I got the silver badge (we couldn’t get higher than that in our group).

I’ve decided that Ivor Ward on his snowboard is definitely pretty damn fine!

In the evening, with it being out last night, I got a bit pissed on Alex’s vodka (he didn’t know!) and I was in Mr L (Phwoar!!) and Mr C’s room with Cat, Katie and Janine. I was moaning about my hair and Mr L said it looks nice down cos it looks really natural. I’m going to wear it down more often. He also likes my Fila fleece. Well, I want his blue Quiksilver one. We should’ve swapped!

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[The Fila fleece.]

The evening was awful. Robbie’s mates nicked his hair gel or something and he must have got annoyed because, at tea, Aiden Fallon said to him, “It’s just hair gel, it’s not like your mum’s died or anything!” unknowing of the actual situation. Robbie got upset and Mrs K came and spoke to me and went on about how I’ll have to do a lot of supporting and stuff. This made me think and then I couldn’t stop crying.

It’s really worried me now. It’s also the fact that Jake’s not even told me but he’s told Hayley. I don’t know what to think of that. He probably thinks I’d be scared off. I don’t think he realises that I know.

Happy hour in some pub but I still wasn’t very happy. I was telling Ivor about the Maggotboy story because he knows Aled but Declan Churchill said it looked like I was chatting him up and vice versa. If I was single, that could quite possibly have been the case but I’m not so it wasn’t.

I was still pissed off at the disco. This was the ticket we needed to get in →

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Alex got mobbed by girls, Robbie got upset again but ended up snogging someone (we think) and I nearly got upset again.

I phoned Jake before all the Robbie stuff at tea happened. He said he still had a sore throat and that it was glandular fever which he caught off a hooker! He’d better have been joking!! He also mentioned something about me seducing Aled. Worried!

Bye!

Ice, darkness and fire combined – 23rd February 2000

Wednesday 23rd Lesson at 9:00am so I’m knackered. Did a slalom which was good. At lunch, Cat and I went with the crap lot again, I fell in a Natural Fun Pipe thing in front of Fit Alex which was a bit embarrassing!

Went back in our group for the afternoon for a lesson. Declan Churchill pointed out that our instructor, Leather Woman (Patricia), looks a lot like the lead singer of Aerosmith, Steve Tyler, so we’ve been calling her Steve all day. She’s now known as either Leather Steve or Psycho Bitch no.2 after she took us down a red run. It was top but scary! Cat and I got bored so I complained my knees were sore and we went down in the bubble. They were quite painful actually.

The torchlight descents were on in the evening. I did the little one because I chickened out of the long one due to ice, darkness and fire combined! Ours was crap but funny. We got daft little kids’ torch things like that à

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Cat did the big descent and said she’s never been so scared in her life! Most people did the short one.

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I got extremely pissed off at about 11:00pm because I rang Jake and someone else answered (don’t know who) and got him. It was really noisy wherever he was and he said he had a sore throat and something about watching football on TV. I think he was drunk which would’ve been bad cos there are only 4 lads there and loads of girls. I really did miss him. I kept thinking that if he was drunk he might not refuse any offers from girls.

I got Jake’s address of Robbie. He’s got really nice writing as well.

Cat just told me that she had a flashback to Austria. She told me that the day after the disco, Mrs L and Mrs K had seen me and Jake stood together and had said that we made a lovely couple. They didn’t realise that it was Emma that he’d been with [snogged].

Later on, we went and sat downstairs with the teachers. The new Artful Dodger song reminds me of Fit Alex now because he was sat there singing it to himself.

Bye!

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!