Richard and Alan Gold are 20; Anna Phoenix is 21; Ivy Pitts and Julie Beckett are 18.
July 2025 - SSU Semester 1.2
Ivy moved around the table, trying to find a position where the trees would shade the laptop and make the screen at least readable.
Satisifed that this was the best she was going to get, she opened a new email and started to type...
"Hi, Danny, hope all is well at home. Sorry I didn't write sooner, but it's been busy! That probably sounds silly, being busy on vacation, but there's a lot to do here.
The campground is great. It's right on the beach, and there's a really relaxed feel to the place...
... maybe a little too relaxed at times!
Anyway, we got to know some of the other people staying there...
... and spent some time just hanging out...
We've also been seeing the sights on the island... there are some amazing old ruins to explore...
I don't think Anna appreciated the history it the way the rest of us did, but she enjoyed herself anyway...
And wait 'til you hear what's been happening with our other room-mates!! You know how Alan and Julie have been spending a lot of time together, since she moved in? I always figured they'd end up as more than friends, and, boy, was I right!
Anna and I thought it was great...
... I mean, before things got so intense with Julie, Alan was spending half the day working on his assignments, on vacation!
He needs someone to get his head out of his books!
Unfortunately, not everyone was as happy about it, as we were.
Yeah, things between Richard and Julie got even worse!
... and they were fighting so much, they were spoiling the vacation for the rest of us.
In the end I just got sick of it!! I told them they had to stop behaving like children and make up, for everyone's sake.
Richard was the first to apologise, then they started talking, and they found they actually had some stuff in common...
They're getting on quite well now, so hopefully things will be a bit more peaceful when we get back home..."
Ivy stopped typing. Richard... just thinking about him made her a little uneasy, now.
Making up with Julie wasn't the only thing she could write about Richard, although she knew she could never share the rest with Danny. Already, he didn't like Richard, but if he knew what had happened... Ivy was far from comfortable herself.
Maybe it was the romantic location, the fact that they were far from home, the warm summer evenings... she didn't know... she did know that it was one of the most embarrassing things that had ever happened to her.
The worst part of it, though, was the damage it had done to her friendship with Richard. She'd felt so comfortable and at ease with him before...
She tried to put Richard out of her mind and turn her attention back to the email.
"I've left the most amazing news for last," she started. "Remember, I said that Alan and Julia were spending a lot of time together? One evening, according to Julia, they were just sitting on the beach together, talking, watching the waves...
Isn't that so romantic?! He'd even bought her a ring when we were in town. I know they've only known each other a few months, but they're both so sure they're meant for each other. They said they'll have a long engagement, probably not even think about marriage until they both finish college... but they just wanted to make some kind of commitment to each other, now. That's so sweet!
Well, Danny, I need to finish this for now. We're going to the beach in town again tonight. They've got these fire dancers, native musical instruments that you can try, all kinds of stuff like that.
... and limbo pole dancing, which is crazy fun.
Hope you and your family are having a good summer, too. Can't wait to see you again when I get back!
Lots and lots of love!
---Richard and Julie were driving me mad with their constant fights, and wrecking the vacation for everyone else, as they'd stop what they were doing to watch the fight... also I kept getting the 'when do we start having fun' windows, so I had to do something about it. I got Ivy to use her influence to make them talk to each other, repeatedly, until their relationship was in positives again and they were talking autonomously. They're friends now, so hopefully problem solved.
All the other 'news' in this update was autonomous/acr driven :) Julie and Alan persistently rolled engagement wants so I let them go for it despite only knowing each other for one semester. They're a cute couple and hopefully things will work out for them.
SSU Semester Two Grades:
Ivy Pitts - B-
Julie Beckett - B-
Alan Gold - C+
Richard Gold - D+ (academic probation)
Danny Tarro - D- (academic probation)
Anna Phoenix - D- (academic probation)