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Sometimes life turns an unexpected corner...
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Two weeks ago, I was on the early shift and when I got home, there was a message from my friend, Grace (not real name). I've known Grace for over twenty years, since I first moved into the house my parents still live in. At that time, she lived in the house next door and so we immediately became friends (wish my subsequent friendships were made that easily). The message said to phone her immediately, so I did. Because I was on the early shift, I got the message only 30 minutes after she left it. If I'd been on the last shift, I would have missed her completely. When I phoned her, she dropped two bombshells: one, she was in Gloucester, which was weird enough as she was living in Southampton, nearly three hours south east; two, she'd just had a job interview and was coming to live here. Cue much disbelief and screaming from me. I flung some casual clothes on and just caught the four o'clock bus into town. The afternon became rather surreal after I saw Grace walking towards me. I took her into the cathedral and we sat in the courtyard while she smoked a rollup and we talked about the interview and us actually living in the same place for the first time in years. We met up with her friend Chris, went to Cafe Rene and had dinner (because Grace hadn't actually EATEN anything the whole day, just drunk lemonade).

I was in shock for the rest of the evening and the next day, because I honestly couldn't believe that Grace was coming to live in Gloucester. It felt as if an invisible hand had gently nudged the course of my life, tracing a new line so that now I was heading in a different and unexpected direction. Not that I was unhappy about it. I was happy, but I was also dazed, because I'm just not used to such generosity. I don't expect the universe to be kind to me when it comes to my friends. I'm lucky in small ways and I don't expect more. I was not prepared for this in any way. This didn't stop me from flat hunting for her, though. She came back last Friday, as she was starting today, and saw twelve properties in one day, which I thought a bit much. She was already attracted to one flat, in an old house on London Road. We went to The Daffodil to celebrate her job and her move, then went to Stroud Market in the morning. Grace had speculated that we'd go there every week, but after seeing just how quickly £20 disappeared, she changed her mind. We went back to Gloucester to see the flat she liked, which I approved, and she moved in yesterday.

Part of me still can't believe it, that Grace and I are in the same town again, not even 10 miles apart. But I'm excited about living her for the first time in a very long time. I have a rant about Grace's parents as well, but that's for another time.

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At first I thought this was going to be a sad post! I'm glad it's full of happiness <3 Yay for friends~!

I had no idea what the message was about, so it was even more of a shock when I heard what she had to say. :)

Yay! I too was expecting a "turn for the worse" type of post, but got a yay one instead! awesome!

Hee, so glad it cheered you up!

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It does, and I hope it does right by you, too. :)

That's wonderful!

Friends are awesome.

Yes, it is! And they are! :D Nice to see you!

First of all: your new layout is adorable.
And now to your great news! That's fantastic! Having dear friends suddenly move close to you is brilliant, especially because physical proximity does often strengthen friendships and make them even more wonderful. So yay!

Thanks! I daydream a lot about travelling so it's perfect for me.

And now to your great news! That's fantastic! Having dear friends suddenly move close to you is brilliant, especially because physical proximity does often strengthen friendships and make them even more wonderful.

Yeah. I can count the number of times I've seen her these past five years on my hands, so this is a really great opportunity.

It's true. Sudden good news can be just as shocking as bad. I'm glad it's starting to sink in now so that you can enjoy this "next chapter" in your friendship with Emily.

Hi! *hugs* I'm glad someone understands. And I'm absolutely ready to begin the new chapter!

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That's the best sort of unexpected news! Sounds like a bit of a whirlwind.

Yeah, it was all a bit of a rush!

That's such a nice tale to read and nice for you both.:D Reminds me of when my best friend came back here after twelve years of living in Stevenage; she'd always said she would if she got the opportunity, but I thought it was unlikely there'd ever be a job here or a reason to come back having moved away. So I can still remember the slightly dazed and disbelieving feeling you have!

Her parents and family don't sound so great, though. :( Sounds as if there's a lot of taking their problems out on her - I hope things settle down and they leave her in peace.

Thanks. It's so unlikely and yet it's amazing.

Her parents love her but they can't stand her doing anything on her own. It's always been the same but it's the last thing she needed right now. I really hope that they will leave this subject alone now that the older sister has promised her support but we shall see. :/

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