This diary entry is part 26 of 28 in Lily's diary dated 31 - January 2024

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

And I’m HOME!!!!

It was a nice, uneventful flight, thankfully.  Yuki and I spent most of it catching up on sleep, which was nice.  I don’t usually sleep well in an airplane, but some sleep is better than no sleep, I suppose.  Sabby picked us up in Houston and we drove back…  and both of us had class.


But the sleep on the plane was… enough.  Just barely, but it was enough.

Most of the girls are over tonight, and a few by video call as well, and I told them all about it.  They thought it was cool, but seemed just a bit put out.  They were the ones who thought of it, I didn’t want them doing it in the first place, and I was the one who went to Japan.

Well, I have two thoughts on that.

The first thought is, I didn’t much like it, so I don’t feel bad at all about taking advantage of it.  It feels like… well, not that I deserve it, because I don’t, but more like I kind of earned it.  I didn’t have any say in it, so if it opens up a few doors, well, then, I’m walking through.  If they don’t like it, well, they shouldn’t have done it in the first place!  This is what happens when you make someone the star…

The other thought is… I’d already thought of that.  I have a couple of surprises lined up for them.  But I’m not telling what they are yet.

It’s true.  It was their idea and they are partly responsible for the whole thing.  So while I don’t feel bad about it…  they don’t deserve to be left out in the cold either.  Well…  they deserve it for pissing me off that day, but I’m not going to do that to them.

But I’ll take care of them.

So now they’re more talking about what the surprises are than being mad at me, which is fine by me.  However, they haven’t even come close to guessing what the surprises are.  I don’t think they will, either.  They’ll find out one soon.  The other, well…  that one will take a little while.

Miki was on the call too, for just a little while.  She’s busy doing idol stuff today, but she could spare a few minutes to meet all the girls.  None of them were particularly star-struck.  Yuki’s the only one who’s really keeping up with that world.  And Miki seemed really grateful for that.  They just see her as “one of the sisters that Lily managed to add to her collection by being Lily”, just another particularly famous one.  Liz said that pretty straight out.

Hah, they’re not wrong.

In fact, Liz has started calling it a “sister-harem”.  That annoys me.  It’s also very accurate and I can’t argue it at all.  So I don’t call her out on it.

Anathema wants to chat but I told her to wait a day or two, I’m exhausted.

Okay, well, it’s been an eventful few days, and I’m rather looking forward to my own bed, so….

Love you all!!! ❤️

From the creator

And Lily gets back from Japan, and this little mini-arc is done.  But we’re setting the scene for something important down the line.  Can you guess what it is?  I’ve dropped a few hints, but they’re subtle, and would be helped by knowledge of, well…  not telling.

For some reason, this arc was really hard to write.  It wasn’t hard because of the storyline – that was pretty easy.  Nor the characters, nor the scenes I had to write.  But every time I clicked “publish” I ended up a little more depressed than before, and I’m not sure why.  That does happen sometimes with Lily.  Her world is so much… different… than mine.  But the story goes on, and so do I.

I have been working on a lily-related VERY time consuming project that will take me quite a while to finish, but I hope that once I do, it will help me to go back and make the story more polished and self-consistent.  Plus… might help other serial fiction authors, too.  But as I said, it’s complex and time consuming, so it will take a while to complete.  I actually had to spin up a whole other staging site to work on it.

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