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Lizzie: Hi, everyone. So, today--
I apologize for not exactly being on the ball today but, uh,
Charlotte can just EDIT THIS OUT.
Anyway, I have, admittedly, been a little distracted lately,
but I wanted you to know--
Well, you all keep asking in the comments, anyway, so, um...
My name is Lizzie Bennet, and George Wickham is texting me.
"Tale of Two Gents" Written by Kate Rorick
Okay, so, if you recall, George Wickham was in town a couple months ago
for the week-long swimming competition of hard bodies and weak beer.
Normally, I avoid the water-logged swim-jocks, but he's not a
college kid, he's an instructor.
And he's pretty charming.
Especially his shoulders. They are...incredibly charming.
Well, George and I have been messaging back and forth for the last few days.
Even if he is a couple states away, it's nice to engage in witty,
intelligent conversation with a member of the opposite sex.
Lydia: The rest of us call that flirting.
Lizzie: I'm not flirting.
Lydia: Mmmhmmm. Let me see.
(As Wickham) Keeping cool so far this summer?
(As Lizzie) Not all of us have a career in water sports.
Some of us have to settle for mall air conditioning.
(As Wickham) Ouch. Well at least some stores have those massage chairs.
(As Lizzie) I would reply indignantly but it's difficult from this
massage chair. Winky face?!
Ugh! You even flirt lamely!
Reason number 12 as to why Lizzie Bennet is perpetually single.
Lizzie: Seriously, is there actually a list?
Lydia: Hello! He left you like a gazillion openings!
(As Lizzie) I am so hot right now. Come over and give me a swimming lesson.
Lizzie: Ew. That's just gross.
Lydia: Actually, that's just sent.
Lizzie: What? No! You--gimme--give me that.
Lydia: Only if you promise to sit next to Ricky Collins at dinner tonight.
Lizzie: Wait, he's coming over again?
Lydia: Yeah I think he might like you. You should probably jump on
that train before it leaves the station.
Lizzie: He's engaged.
Lydia: Engaged ain't married! Am I right?
Lizzie: Give it to me.
Lizzie: Fine! Fine. Just...give it to me. Wait you di--
You didn't send anything.
Lydia: SUCKER! NO BACKSIES!
Lizzie: Still dealing with the Ricky Collins situation.
He's over here every day and he wants to talk about work
ALL THE TIME and it's so EXHAUSTING.
Yesterday he had me helping pack up some of his mother's things,
and somehow that turned into a treatise on his company's
"financial earnings" and "quarterly projections."
Is it any wonder that I'm enjoying the virtual company of George Wickham
over the actual company of Ricky Collins?
Oh! Come to think of it, hold on a second.
To lay out exactly why I prefer the virtual company of George Wickham
to the actual company of Ricky Collins, I have brought in the lovely Jane.
Jane: Hi everyone. So good to see you.
Well not that I can actually see you...
Lizzie: They know. Let's begin.
Jane: Okay. So, first category: Their topics of conversation.
Lizzie: Ah, well, George likes to talk about his passion for swimming
and nurturing young athletes.
Jane: That's so noble of him.
And what about Ricky?
Lizzie: Uh, Ricky, as far as I can tell, is passionate about...saying lots of words.
Jane: He certainly is very....loquacious.
What has George done to pursue his life's passion?
Lizzie: Well, George is pursuing his life's passion
come hell or high water. No pun intended!
But making a living by pursuing my passion is pretty much my life goal.
Jane: So you both have that to talk about.
And what about Ricky?
Lizzie: He's gotten some rich woman to give him lots and lots of money?
Jane: All things being the same, money is nice to have.
Lizzie: I'm not disparaging money.
I'm disparaging his intent to use it to make bad reality TV.
Jane: Okay. So...how about manner of communication?
Lizzie: Well, George is texting me from hundreds of miles away.
Jane: Aww, you're still on his mind.
Lizzie: While Ricky communicates to our mother how lovely her home-cooked meals are
while simultaneously insulting my life choices.
Jane: No, I don't think he means it that way.
I think he's being polite to her and being constructive to you.
Lizzie: Are you defending him?
Jane: Just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Lizzie: You have the benefit of the benefit of the doubt.
While you're off "carpooling" with Bing, I'm the one stuck babysitting Ricky.
Lizzie: I know. I should be nicer!
How about charm?
Lizzie: Well, George has those really...charming shoulders.
Lizzie: But seriously, I doubt he'll ever bore me with financial earnings
To be fair, Ricky is gainfully employed,
but so is George, and he gets to travel.
And I still have no idea why Ricky is here!
Jane: So, looks like George Wickham IS the winner.
Lizzie and Jane: Yay!
Lizzie: Not like it was a competition.
As if I'd ever want to spend time with Ricky
even if he was the last man on earth!
Lizzie: I know. I'm just-- I'm a little cranky.
There is so much tension in the house right now.
Did you know that Mom actually counts the hours that you and Bing are apart?
Jane: Well, that's our mother.
Oh, I have to actually take her to the bank. Are you going to be okay?
Lizzie: Is that for the....?
Jane: Yes, just try not to think about it.
Okay. Bye everyone.
Lizzie: So. Yeah. Mom going to the bank probably
has something to do with Dad's mortgage meeting last week.
He didn't tell any of us about it, but I saw it in his calendar.
Sometimes it just...it feels like too much.
And you know what? Forget it!
As Jane said, I'm not gonna think about it.
(phone dings) Oh!
Oh my God! DAMN YOU AUTO CORRECT!