This diary entry is part 12 of 28 in Lily's diary dated 25 - July 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

So I have news.

Last night, Sabby did her mother thing.  I guess she heard me crying, because she came in and let me cry on her chest.  It is so nice when she does that.  She’s so comforting.  We talked for a little while – I don’t know if she really understood what was bothering me, but she listened anyway.

So today I talked to a bunch of people.  First I talked to Robert, and made sure there was enough room for a couple more people.  Then I talked to Crystal’s parents.  I invited Crystal to Japan with us.

They were really…  not cool with the idea to begin with.  She’s supposed to be grounded.  She’s going to be rewarded with a trip?  But I said it wasn’t going to be like that.  It wasn’t supposed to be a reward, it was supposed to me a…  I couldn’t really find the right word.  She’s had a hard life, especially recently, and I thought it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to kind of make that up to her.

It took a bit, but I think they understood.  They said they can’t afford it.  I said I’d front them for the ticket, because after all it’s a charter flight and there’s plenty of room.  They just have to pay for her food and incidentals.  But, I said, the flight leaves sooner than later, so they’d better get her an expedited passport.

They still didn’t seem 100% happy with it, but I think they saw things from my point of view, and decided it would be a good experience for her.

I made the same offer to Diana as well, I didn’t want her to feel left out.  She already has a passport so that’s not as big an issue.

Sabby was a little upset with me, but I told her that I couldn’t think of a better use for a relatively small amount of money, and I trusted them to pay me back.  She agreed, but said she would front the tickets.  After all, the business is doing well enough that she can take a little profit out.

So, Crystal and Diana are coming along.

I think it’s the right thing to do.

No one else is, though.  I really want to take Jack, but his parents really don’t want him going overseas with me (and if you think about it, you’ll know why) and I have a very specific reason for wanting to bring Crystal along.

I got a chance to talk to Crystal too, to tell her the news.  She was still pretty upset with me but she also seemed oddly relieved – I think she got in over her head and she’s mostly too proud to admit it.  Then when I told her she’s going to Japan with us all the anger melted away,, and she squealed and hugged me.  Her parents told her that they thought it would be a good experience.

So…. that’s nineteen people in our little tour group.

Allison’s moving into her new house next weekend!  I’m going to help her family move – Japan is in a couple of weeks, so plenty of time.

I’m continuing to study Japanese too!!!  I’ll be even better this year!!!

Sabby and I have to send Robert a lot of money to pay for our seats and hotel…  but it’s worth it!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

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