This diary entry is part 4 of 25 in Lily's diary dated 27 - September 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

Today was Labor day.  Most of the girls had stuff to do with their families, and that’s fine because we can’t spend all our time together anyway!!!  Diana went to some kind of Mexican festival, Crystal had a cookout with her family and some family friends (they’ve been making friends at church, good for them!), and Beth was a guest at Crystal’s cookout.  So it was just me, Liz, and Yuki.

I asked Liz what she thinks of Yuki.  I don’t want Liz to be jealous, she is and always will be my best friend… but you know me, I don’t play favorites.  Liz just said “she seems nice, I see why you want to be her friend, and, let’s face it, you’re Lily and you’re just going to keep collecting friends and sisters until you die and it’s just something we accept.”  Aww.  I guess it’s true though.

Yuki did go home last night, but we picked her up again, because it’s labor day and Dave wanted to grill again.  He hasn’t grilled much this summer and he likes grilling.  So we set everything up and of course it was delicious.  I don’t know how Yuki packs it all away, but she does!  She eats more than me and Liz.  I’m not sure about combined, but it’s close.  She really likes the potato salad.

Anyway, after that, Yuki recommended an anime for us to watch.  I don’t watch much anime but I’ve heard good things about this one.  We pulled it up and watched it on the big TV, with popcorn and chocolate.

It was the first episode of “oshi no ko.”

Those of you who’ve watched the first episode of that anime, well… you know how that turned out.

Liz and I were just bawling, Sabby was sniffling and wiping her eyes, David ran out to play a game, and even Dave was quiet and didn’t say a lot.  OMG that’s so sad!!!  I’m not going to spoil it for you, but… OMG…  it’s like they…  I can’t say, it’ll spoil it. But AWWWW.

Yuki’s seen it before.  So she just kinda sniffled a little.

I asked Yuki if that’s how it was for her.  She nodded.  “Kind of.  I did have friends.  I wasn’t completely alone.  And my parents supported me some, though they really didn’t like me being an idol.  Not everything was a lie.  But, sometimes… you didn’t know what was a lie and what wasn’t, and the fans…  some of them were kind and supported you, and some were awful.  There were a few fans…  I knew their names.  They came to every handshake event, I didn’t know a lot about them but sometimes they’d bring their kids, and ask me how I was, and you could tell they thought of me kind of like a daughter, in a way.  That was nice.  Others would see me with a man, any man, and get really jealous and attack me on Twitter.  I just… I got tired of it.  I had to go.”

Liz wiped her eyes.  “How did you see it, Lily?”

I shrugged.  “I don’t know.  I just…  it looked like she needed a friend, I guess.”

“That was so SAD”, Liz said, and sniffled again.

It was.

I should watch more anime.  I thought it was just this silly thing where girls with cat ears and high voices fought over boys.  But… OMG it can be deep and heartbreaking.  I guess it’s like every other media.

‘Will you ever go back to Japan?”, I asked.

“Student visa,” she said.  “I have to.  But… I’m not looking forward to it.”

“Well, maybe they’ll forget after a couple of years.”

“Maybe,” she shrugged.  She didn’t look too convinced.

We played a few games and then I took Yuki home.  Before she left the car, she said “yoroshiku onegaishimashita.  Thank you for looking after me.”

“That’s what sisters are for,” I said.

She sat there for a moment.  “I… I like having sisters.”  She gave me a very quick hug and went back to her house.

I like having sisters too.

Never too many sisters.

I’m going to take some time to read the letters and go through all the documents Mrs. X. gave me this week.  I’ll let y’all know how that goes.

Love you all!!! ❤️

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