The Last Party

One by one, each of Lilly's friends move away to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Lilly feels they are all doing this as a sign of betrayal. Little does Lilly know that the truth is far from betrayal.

But once a mistake is made, it cannot be taken back.


2. Millie

Lilly waited for the mail man's delivery, although she knew that the letter she really wanted wasn’t coming. At first, Jade had lived up to her promise of sending regular mail using normal post but it she started to stop writing each day. She’d been writing every few days then, but as the weeks stretched into months, the letters themselves got shorter, and the time between them got longer. It had been roughly eight months since Jade left , and two months since her last letter. She hadn’t visited again. It was almost as if she had forgotten her friends.

The letters she had sent were usually the same. She wrote about how great her students were and how great being the headmaster was. She promised she would write back soon, but she never did. A month after the letters stopped, Lilly had cried herself to sleep for the first time in many, many long years. An entire part of her was ripped out. She felt her friend had completely abandoned her and the others, even after making a promise. Her real friends had comforted her that night she’d cried, with false promises of Jade’s happy return. But she could see in their eyes that they had also felt the sting of betrayal. It was a bittersweet moment, and Lilly hated every last second of it.

Nearly two weeks passed before she got the next share of bad news. Millie had walked into her home looking for her. After Lilly greeted her, she received something she thought she’d never have to hear again. Another goodbye.

“I’m... umm, leaving , Lilly. I’m going to be heading to Africa with Zoe to help my studies on animal health and herbal remedies. I, umm... I don’t know if I’ll ever be coming back, because, umm... Africa is really far away,” she said, a tint of sadness filling her voice. Lilly stared at her with a look of shocked depression.

“You... won’t be coming back?” Lilly asked, in a very quiet voice.

“Oh! I will be coming back, just... just not for a long time,” Millie replied. “I hope you understand, Lilly... You do know I will always think of you and your parties when I’m gone... If that’s okay with you,” she finished softly.

“Oh, that’s okay! I hope you don’t pull a Jade, though. Promise you’ll come back, then do it again to make sure!” Lilly retorted.

Millie looked at the ground, then at her hands. “Oh, alright. Only for you though, Lilly. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a knife in my eye.”

“Now one more time, to double ensure you’ll return one day!”

Millie sighed. “Lilly, is this really nec-”

“Yes it is!” Lilly yelled, “now do it!” Millie was taken aback by her friend’s sudden hostility and slowly started backing away. Lilly sighed, then she bounced over to her and pulled her into a tight hug. “Look, Millie, I’m really really sorry for screaming at you, but I don’t know how I’d cope if I lost another friend. I hope you can forgive me...” She turned her head to the ground, a small tear escaping her eyes.

Millie lifted Lilly’s head to match gazes with her. “Oh, Lilly. Of course I’ll forgive you, that’s what friends do!” Tears started to form in Millie’s eyes. “I promise I’ll come back once I’ve finished my studies. Everything will be as if I never left. We’ll all come together and celebrate and go on an adventure... as long as it doesn’t involve cliffs, or hills... or dungeons, or caves... or snakes!” She squeaked. Lilly laughed at her friend.

“Oh, Millie. Did I ever tell you how cutesy you sound when you do that? I’m really going to miss you doing that... I really do hope you’ll come back someday. Then I’ll have to throw you a ‘Welcome Back... Millie’ party...” tears started falling out of Lilly’s eyes upon finishing the sentence. “Oh, I really mean it, Millie. Don’t promise me that you’ll come back, and then never do!”

Millie embraced her friend and started stroking her hair. “Shh, it’s okay, Lilly. I’d never break a promise to a friend, you know that. Just wait, I’ll come back one day,” she said in a motherly voice. “Now, Lilly, as much as I’m enjoying this moment... I have to go. Zoe said I needed to hurry and pack my things, we’re going to the countryside to catch a ship, and we’re in a bit of a hurry. They’re not going to wait for us, you know!”

Lilly looked up at her friend’s face again. “Oh, promise me you’ll be safe!”

“I promise.”

Lilly nodded, and let go of the hug. “I’ll miss you, Millie.”

Millie felt her tears breaking through, so she turned away, not wanting to have a breakdown in front of her friend. “I’ll miss you too, Lilly!” she cried as she ran away, tear drops falling freely from her face.

Lilly ran outside, watching as she ran away. Were they tears of happiness or tears of sorrow? I guess happiness, she gets to experience true wonders in her life. She also did promise she’ll come back whenever she can. I guess I should be happy for her. I still have three other friends I can have fun with, and I don’t think they’ll be leaving anytime soon! That reminds me, I should do a ‘Friendship Party’ party to renew our close friendship! She jumped and let out a loud gasp at the idea, before bolting inside her home again to gather the supplies. She glanced out the door just once, and she noticed that Millie wasn’t anywhere in sight. With a half-sad, half-happy sigh, she ran straight to her room to plan.

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