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Aleesha Harris

'Lando!' 'Almost done!' Schreeuwt hij van boven en nog geen 5 seconden later komt hij de trap af vliegen. 'What were you doing either way?' 'Fixing my hair?' 'Bullshit.' 'Looking in the mirror?' Ik trek mijn wenkbrauw op en wijs naar de spiegel in de gang. 'Okay you got me, I forgot my deodorant and aftershave.' 'And?' 'Alright I did a quick race.' Lando grijnst even en vliegt dan door de voordeur naar buiten. Ik pak mijn laptop nog even en loop dan achter de jongen aan naar buiten. De deur doe ik op slot en ik wacht tot Lando de auto uit de garage heeft gereden waarna ik instap. Gisteren had ik nog een tijdje met Carlos aan de telefoon gehangen, maar nog steeds had ik niet het idee dat we er iets mee opgeschoten waren. Feit blijft daarbij ook dat ik hier in Engeland ben en hij of in Spanje of in Italië, wat helaas ook weer niet om de hoek is. 'What are you thinking of?' 'Carlos, the distance, our relationship and you.' 'Why me?' 'Because I'm not really used to the fact that we are a bit more separated then we used too.' 'When you were back home we were more separated.' 'Sometimes yes, but we were always together for a few days when you were home and now a lot less.' 'True that but isn't that what we always expected when either of us got a boyfriend or girlfriend?' 'Yes it is, but I'm still getting used to it. Although the situation with Carlos doesn't help either.' 'What is it?' 'We are thousands of kilometers apart, it's just a bit difficult for me.' 'You also were that last year.' 'But less since he was here a lot.' 'True that.' 'And then the incident which happened because we were not together, it's tough.' 'I think I know what you mean. Still that doesn't mean that your relationship can't work.' 'I'm sure it can work, but it's just hard for 21 year old me. I'm not that grown up yet.' 'That makes me even more a child, you will find a way, I'm sure.' 'I hope so.' 'I know you will. But besides all of this you also got an adult job, I mean you also have a fulltime job with responsibilities. Aren't you fully on the Instagram right now?' 'I do, well sort off, can't do it all by myself.' 'You're managing it quite well if I may say, you're really scoring points on reacting to the people.' 'I'm trying to, it's definitely a fulltime job next to your social media activities.' 'Yeah I know, I'm a pain in the arse.' 'Sometimes, but that's okay.' 'Great. I do need to say that I miss this.' 'What?' 'Being together, it's a while ago.' 'I know, I'll stay around for a while now.'

'Someone needs a hug, get over here you.' Charlotte staat met haar armen gespreid in ons kantoor en dankbaar laat ik mij in haar armen vallen. 'Thank you.' 'No need to say that.' 'HEY! That's not allowed! Okay now I want a hug as well!' Lando loopt ons kantoor in en slaat zijn armen om mij en Charlotte heen. Na nog even zo gestaan te hebben laten we elkaar los en veegt Charlotte een klein traantje uit mijn ooghoek en schenkt mij een knipoog. 'Heya papayas!' 'Hey you Aussie.' Daniel komt net ook ons kantoor binnen lopen met een grote lach op zijn gezicht. 'Papayas, I still like that one.' 'Yeah me too.' 'So one week before our Silverstone testing, you guys ready?' 'Excited!' 'Can't wait to finally drive the beauty again. So what's on the planning for you?' 'A lot.' 'And we are not allowed to know?' 'Nope.' Charlotte tovert een zelfvoldane grijns op haar gezicht en ik ga achter mijn bureau zitten. 'And now move you two, we need to discuss work.' 'That sounds horrible, we're gone.' Lando en Daniel vertrekken ons kantoor uit en hoofdschuddend neemt ook Charlotte plaats achter haar bureau. 'Why do I have the feeling that the chemistry between them is not going to be what Carlos and Lando have?' 'Because they are on a very different level and I don't think they share any interests.' 'I think you're right. So, how are things with you?' Ze kijkt wat vertwijfeld mijn kant op. 'It's okay for now, we spoke yesterday evening on the phone and that made clear that we are still together, but it's also very difficult. I'm here, he's in Spain or in Italy. They are now also starting their season, we have more work here at the factory. Next to that I'm not used to all this attention, positive or negative, so I think I'm the hard factor here.' 'No you're realistic, but sometimes that realism needs to be a bit less. You guys will figure it out, I'm sure of it.' 'It will be hard, but I think so too.' 'Let's talk nicer things, which means what are we going to do for this year? By the way I have to say you're absolutely nailing the Instagram page.' 'Thank you, I have some help but I kinda like it.' 'It looks awesome. You're team is also amazing though.' 'I know, they are awesome. Shall we go through everything for the launch next week?' 'Let's go through the clohing and the car launch.'

Nadat ik met Charlotte het hele draaiboek had doorgenomen had ik een meeting met het hele socials team die gezamenlijk zorgt voor een perfecte Instagram pagina. Aan het eind van het seizoen had Zak mij benoemd tot verantwoordelijke voor het team die onze Instagram verzorgt, van het maken van foto's en filmpjes tot het bewerken ervan en beantwoorden van reacties. Het team bestond inmiddels uit bijna 10 man en was geweldig om mee samen te werken. In de komende week zouden we veel sneak peaks geven en onze hashtag #sendit werd al geregeld gebruikt en gevonden. 'There she is, how's my favourite papaya lady doing?' 'You're having a favourite? I'm honoured Zak.' We geven elkaar de elleboog en ik neem mijn salade bij de bar in ontvangst. 'Secretly yes, I do have to say that you and your team are doing an awesome job on the Instagram page. I made the right decision I can say.' 'Thanks Zak, we're really pushing it.' 'You can tell. So how are things with you personal?' 'Can be better, but I'm keeping my head up.' 'If you ever want to talk about it, let me know.' Hij legt zijn hand even op mijn schouder en knijpt er dan even in. 'Thank you Zak, really appreciate it.' 'That's not a problem at all. Now enjoy your lunch.' 'You as well.' Ik begeef mijzelf naar een tafeltje bij het raam en niet veel later komt Charlotte bij mij zitten. Net als ze zit gaat mijn telefoon over en zie ik een FaceTime gesprek van Carlos binnen komen. 'You mind?' 'Not at all, wait give me.' Ze pakt mijn telefoon en neemt op. 'Hey beau... CHARLOTTE!' 'There's my favourite Spaniard! How are you Carlos?' 'Okay considering the situation, how are you?' 'Doing great, almost time to shine like a papaya.' 'I noticed all over Instagram, I'm also excited for you.' 'Thanks, yes your girl did an awesome promotion job. So you want to talk to her I think?' 'If that's possible?' Charlotte plaatst de telefoon tegen de servetjeshouder zodat ik in beeld kom, maar toch mijn handen vrij heb om te eten. 'Enjoy your meal mariquita.' 'Thank you honey, everything okay there?' 'Yes, packing my suitcase for leaving Mallorca. About that, are you able to spend two days together? Like tomorrow and the day after?' Charlotte begint tegenover mij wild te knikken. 'I think I can manage that, are you coming over?' 'Planning to before I go to Italy. We need to do the talking face to face and I just want to see you and hold you.' 'You're sweet you know that? But I would love to.' 'You deserve it. Great then I'll see you tomorrow. Can you pick me up from the airport?' 'Yes ofcourse, tell me when and where and I will be there.' 'I'll let you know. Got to go now. Enjoy your salad and see you tomorrow. Bye Charlie!' 'Bye Carly!' We zwaaien nog even naar het scherm en ik mime nog snel een I love you voor we ophangen. 'Seems like you're all good?' 'I just decided that I should not act like everything is difficult and just accept it. He did not do anything wrong, that girl is a bitch and we deserve a good relationship, not this bullshit' 'That's the spirit.'

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  • theguardian

    Carly en Charlie ik ga stuk:D

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