Julia’s previous update/Alice & Lauren’s previous update/Alice’s next update/Lauren’s next update
Lauren Schehl (20 years), Alice London (20 years), Rosabella Steinman (20 years), Brooklyn Lange (20 years), Julia Millett (19 years)
narrated by: Julia
It’s my second year at Eastborough, and it’s just starting to feel like I belong here. My Freshmen year was difficult, I missed my family, and felt guilty for not missing them enough, especially Nolan. I’m trying to really throw myself into the college experience this year, I’m still studying to be a journalist. It’s always been my goal, but I sort of lost my desire after Nolan was born. I’ve gotten it back though, and my dorm mate Brooklyn has been part of the reason.
She keeps me motivated, and includes me in her activities, so I can’t just spend my life worrying that I don’t feel something enough. And then I have my sister Hadley, she doesn’t worry about my academics, because she’s doing terrible with her Biology major, and she’s got to get into medical school next year.
She doesn’t think she will get into medical school, and is falling apart with anxiety. I’m glad that my chosen career is easier to get into, if anything I can write the horoscope section. As a sophomore, I got to apply for the school paper, and actually got accepted. This alone will help me get my foot in the door when I graduate.
Xander is the editor, and while he chose me to be on the paper, he is pretty stoic towards me. I don’t know if it is just his personality, or if he’s always like this.
At first I was nervous coming into the newsroom and having a desk. I didn’t know where to start, or how to professionally write an article other than my high school class, and last years classes. But now it’s my favorite place to be on campus. I come in early, and make a pot of coffee for those that follow.
Next to my desk is a rather cute guy, Cabot. He’s a junior, and even though his face looks like a moon, much akin to Reese Witherspoon on the side, I still find him adorable.
He seems friendly, introduced himself to me when I was first started on the paper, even gave me tips for pleasing the editor.
Last year I only had Alice and Brooklyn for friends, but now it seems like I’m branching out. I feel like I can finally exhale, and everything won’t implode on me.
One night, after working especially late, Cabot asked me out for dinner. I have never been on an actual, honest to goodness date, ever. It might seem silly, but it really was a memorable moment for me, just being asked.
I don’t know the protocol with this though, does one simply say, ‘hey I’m from a small town, I have a kid in preschool back home, but don’t worry, he’s more like a brother to me?’ I decided to not tell him anything about Nolan, or my ex Isaac. It seemed too dramatic for a first date.
But I think that if I have to tell him someday, that he won’t be too freaked out over it, he doesn’t seem like a jerk. And I always should have known that Isaac was, after all he was dumped by Hadley, then suddenly liked me? Not likely.
The entire evening was pretty dreamy, but now I’m scared about the paper, and what if it meant nothing to him, or we do date then break up. I hope that I’m not being naive as my Mom always says I am. I don’t want to talk to them about Cabot though, so maybe that’s a sign that it is?
Brooklyn is on the paper too, though she’s planning to be a teacher and doesn’t need the experience. She happened to see me and Cabot leave together and demanded details while we studied at the Quad.
I tested out the story on them, and they squealed in all the proper places. I never had that ether. Makes me think it’s not such a bad idea to date a nice guy.
I still had no intention of telling my parents about him though, there didn’t seem to be any reason. I also didn’t think it would ever come up, but Mom and Dad came out to campus to take me and Hadley for dinner, and there he was, waiting to be seated. They were busy with Hadley, who was working up the nerve to tell them she may flunk her senior year, so I went to give Cabot a warning to ignore me.
Of course Dad saw us talking, and was instantly on red alert. I think they plan to boss me around the rest of my life, I’m surprised they even let me attend university.
Dad introduced himself, while Mom shot daggers at the side of his head. They hate him already, and they don’t even know him. It’s so unfair. We’ve only kissed, once!
When Cabot walked past for his tea time reservation, Dad took his turn at a stabbing glare. I know Hadley isn’t dating anyone right now, but no one freaked out when she first dated Isaac, or when she went with Chad. I never want to live in small Millwood again, if only I could get rid of my parents and their small-town mind.
Hadley kept the conversation on me the entire evening, never confessing that she might have to repeat her senior year. Real nice sis.
I love my sister, but I hate her too. She’s so chummy with Dad, a total Daddy’s girl, and she’s such a bitch sometimes. I don’t get how I became the bad egg in the family for eternity from one mistake. It’s not like anyone complains about Nolan now that he’s here.
When we left the restaurant, Dad tried giving me some speech about how I need to focus on just me, and learn who I am, and follow my sister’s lead. The entire thing was too much to handle, sure I want to be my sister, a bully who is flunking school. I guess flunking is better then teen pregnancy.
I didn’t throw Hadley under the bus, because I have to live near her, and I’m not really mad at her. I’m mad at my parents for not seeing that I’m in college now, that I’m trying to make wise choices, and that one day, I will date again, because I’m not a nun.
Later, I vented to Brooklyn, but found she was having her own issues. She saw Lauren making out with infamous Isaac down in the lobby.
I told her she has to tell Alice, and let her decide how to handle the situation. None of us are friends with Lainey, I think she hated me for getting pregnant, and Brooklyn just didn’t have much in common with her.
Alice wasn’t happy to hear the news. She had a falling out with Lainey over this exact thing, and feels that she should tell her friend. But we all know that Lainey could take it as a lie, and accuse Alice of pettiness or worse, jealousy.
She decided she would text it to her, and we all knew it was a cowardly way to do it, none of us were going to shame her over it though. I figure, she didn’t have to tell Lainey at all, so texting is better than nothing. Of course, Lainey didn’t text back. I can’t wait until Isaac graduates, and I’m completely done with him.
Notes: Isaac failed his senior year, so he’s still on campus. And him and Lauren kissing was a total shock to me!! It was 100% acr. If I hadn’t looked downstairs at that moment, I would have missed it entirely and never realized. Lauren did have wants for Isaac when she showed up at her parents house, I think she was mulling over taking action for her feelings or worrying how her ex-friends might feel if she did. As usual, boys win out.
Cabot totally has a Reese Witherspoon profile, but Julia really likes him, and seemingly vice versa. He’s a college townie, I just grabbed random ones to work the newspaper, and they happened to have some chemistry.
For Julia, I see her as a young girl, with a romantic heart. I think she fits well in a small town, because they tend to get married quickly, and start a family. I think Julia would have liked that, if she could have had a dream. But getting pregnant at 15 really screwed that up, and small town mentality has made it bitter for her. I see her as naive, even when she tries to not be, and if this was TS3, she’d be a hopeless romantic. She doesn’t sense bad motives like Isaac, or generally think bad of others. So her parents being concerned about her dating college boys, is slightly warranted, but they go about it the wrong way.
And I totally LOL’d at Grant glaring at Cabot as he walked past the table! That was hilarious, and totally unexpected! I didn’t put Cabot on the lot, he was just there, wanting to get some tea.
Alice – 3.0
Brooklyn – 3.3
Julia – 2.9
Lauren – 2.7
Rosabella – 3.3