The Life and Lies of Me

My name is Esme. Ever since my parents died in a car crash, my sister is the closest person I've got...even though she hates me. Love is in the air for a while. A diary is the best part of my life right now. It's amazing what just letting go of your emotions really does to you.
I live with my Aunt Mira who has a grudge against me, godness knows why. After stealing her diary, I can find out my aunt's secrets too. I miss my old friend, but will a new boyfriend make things better... and will the love last? I just want to know the secrets of the past, and the secrets of my mum and my aunt - the twins that never got on.

With secrets, lies and the twists and turns of life, Esme will discover the mysteries that you don't even find in stories.


27. For those that I love...

Saturday 22nd December

Today I went Christmas shopping with Rose. It was great. I didn’t really have much that I needed to buy, so shopping was just a perfectly convenient excuse to socialize with Rose. We both had great fun. I bought enough sweets to last a month in Pound land, and I spent just £3! We had a fantastic time in Jack Wills – Trying on hoodies and tracksuit bottoms as ‘potential buyers’ when we both knew that’s we’d never really be able to afford anything. I only just had enough money to buy a pair of Jack Wills knickers, socks or a purse! I managed to get some proper presents, though. For Mollie, I bought her a personalized Thornton’s chocolate plaque with a special message iced on it. It said,

Dear Mollie,                       :)

Merry Christmas!

Lots of Love,

Your sister Esme xxx


I loved the little smiley face that the lady iced in the corner. Mollie loved chocolate so I had bought her the perfect gift. Well, that was the first thing to check off the list in my head.

For Aunt Mira, I bought her favourite perfume that was quite conveniently on offer, half price in Boots. That was another present that I could tick off my mental list.

I wanted to get something for my friends, too. Because I felt nice, I bought Keira a bag of chocolate buttons. Nothing special.

For Rose, I got a Friendship bracelet that was carefully handmade in all her favourite colours. I also bought her Ice Skate earrings, as she only had one pair of earrings. I also got a pretty glass frame and I placed a photo of us in our ice skates inside it. I managed to buy all this stuff in secret whilst she was buying her own presents, or going to the toilet, or trying on some clothes etc.

For Aiden, I spent ages trying to find the right thing. At first I was going to get him a video game, the one he wanted. But it didn’t seem special enough. So I got a big photo album that was beautifully decorated on the interior as well as the exterior. When I got home I got together some pictures of us. I had a few of us, just me and him, a few from secondary school so far (you know, class pictures and stuff) and as he went to my primary school, a few from that time, it seems like many year ago. In the first year of primary, we used to be quite good friends - until Carly wanted to be his friend.  And Carly always got what she wanted.

I left half of the album empty, so that he could continue it himself with memories that are yet to come.

For my mum, I bought her the most expensive flowers I could afford, ready to place by her tree that was planted in memory of her, the place where her ashes were buried.

I really do feel privileged. Even though my mum is dead, I know she still loves me. I have an aunt that loves me, a sister that loves me, a boyfriend that loves me, a best friend that loves me – and I love them all back.

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