This diary entry is part 23 of 29 in Lily's diary dated 26 - August 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

And oh boy did it hit the fan today.

Well, first: Today is Jack’s birthday.  His party is this weekend, but I went over to spend some time with him anyway,  We didn’t get any time alone, but that’s okay.  It was nice to spend some time with him and his family.

Grace is cute as always!  And she had much to tell me.

Anyway, when I got home, a courier had come by and had a letter waiting for me, along with a package.


Your diary last night caused quite a stir, and has changed a few things in our community.  

I would like to attend your birthday party, along with a guest.  Please let me know if this is acceptable, and let me know time and place.  Other than my guest, I will come alone, though I’m sure you understand that there will be security forces within easy reach.  I promise, I come in peace.  Especially given the revelations of last night, it is now time to “come clean”, as it were.  I will tell you what I am able.  You are and always have been a completely innocent party.

Please accept my early birthday present as a token of goodwill.

Your “Benefactor”

Oh… my…

I opened the package, and sure enough, there was a pile of the good chocolate – you know, the stuff that you have to import, and not cheap either.  Also, there was another box inside, which I was asked not to open until my “benefactor” was present with me.  So I set that aside and will do so.

I talked to Sabby, and she’s a little nervous about it.  I don’t blame her.  But my “benefactor” has already proven they know where I live, and has even ordered cookies from our store multiple times, so I don’t think there’s any danger.  I mean, I haven’t done anything wrong, but Sabby said neither had a certain former president and he got arrested tonight, so…  she doesn’t trust them.

But…  how else am I going to know?

Benefactor, I accept.  Send a courier tomorrow, and we will provide the information you request.  But, to assuage Sabby’s worries, we’re going to give you a very public place to meet us.  She doesn’t trust someone as high up in the government, and you yourself said “We are honorable, but not always honest”.  I don’t imagine that if you had nefarious intentions, that would stop you, but please understand.  She’s being a lion.  That’s Sabby.  Once she’s comfortable, we’ll take you to the actual place.

I have no idea how I’m going to sleep now.  This… is a lot.

And that’s not even talking about all the conversations we had about what happened yesterday, but I’m going to save that for another day.  And there were a lot of them.

Sabby’s going to have to write it down, though.  I don’t know where the party will be either.

Love you all!!! ❤️

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