When Holly told us she was leaving, we wanted to do something fun as our way of saying goodbye. After a few midnight meetings, we decided that a surprise goodbye party was the way to go. When Holly was out getting a new outfit, the rest of us put our plan in action. I would distract Holly, while Violet, Meredith and Quinn would set everything up in the garden.
"Holly, do you want to take a last walk around the garden before you go?"
"Sure, I'd love to. Why are you so dressed up?"
"Um, no reason. Let's go!"
"Surprise!" shouted Violet, Meredith and Quinn. They'd prepared a goodbye picnic with lobster, pineapple and shrimp skewers, lemonade, and Holly's favorite, blueberry pie.
Holly was so surprised that she fell over backwards onto the bench. "What on earth?! When did you plan this?"
"When you were out getting a new outfit," said Violet.
"You guys are the best! Thanks so much!" said Holly. "But wait, I have something for you too." She ran back into the house, leaving us all confused.
"What's going on?" asked Quinn. "Perrin, did you know about this?"
"No, I have no clue."
"I hope she comes back soon, because I'm getting hungry," said Meredith.
Just then, Holly came back - and she wasn't alone.
"Everyone, I want you to meet your new roommate, Juliet Elise," said Holly. "Juliet, these are Perrin, Violet, Meredith, and Quinn."
"Hi," she said shyly. "Am I interrupting something?"
"No, we're just having a goodbye party for Holly," said Quinn. "And now it's also a welcome home party for you, so let's start eating!"
We all laughed and sat down to eat. While we ate, Juliet told us about her background.
"So how are you related to Holly?" asked Violet.
"We were both designed by Tonner, but we're not from the same lines - I'm an Ellowyne and she's a Little Miss Matched. It's like common ancestors in evolution."
"You're interested in science?" I asked eagerly.
"Yes, but I'm really more into math. Are you?"
We would have launched a whole conversation about that, but Meredith cut me off.
"Don't even get her started on math and science," she said teasingly. "Anyway, you said you're an Ellowyne. Does that mean you're moody and bored all the time, and have a crazy cat named Sybil?"
Juliet laughed. "No, not really. I highly doubt I'll be bored here, and I'm super allergic to cats!"
Meredith looked very worried, and I knew she was thinking of Bella. "What about dogs?"
"No, I'm fine with dogs."
Meredith sighed in relief.
All too soon, the party was over, and it was time for Holly to leave. After we said our goodbyes, and Holly promised to come back and visit, I lay down on my bed to think about Holly and the party. It had been so fun, and I knew that Holly wasn't leaving because she wasn't happy here, but I still miss her. I can't wait until she visits again, and Juliet seems very nice. It's going to be fun having her around.