MIXED SIGNALS

What can happen when messages get crossed:

January 1, 2015

To: Sophia

From: Paolo

Cara Sophia – I send you warmest greetings. Unfortunately I have bad news. There was a fire in the guest cottage in Agrigento and all was lost. I know the idea of moving to Sicily permanently was very appealing to you but you were understandably undecided. Now, sadly, the decision has been made for you because the house is gone. Fortunately you still have your lovely house in New York. I hope some time in the future you will visit us for a few weeks at our home in Palermo. Ciao cara – Paolo 

AT THE SAME TIME THAT DAY

To: Paolo

From: Sophia

My dearest Paolo – After much thought and soul-searching, I have decided to accept your kind offer to move into your guest cottage in Agrigento. The New York winters are getting progressively worse and I cannot stand another day here. I desperately need a change of scenery and I’m ready to become a permanent resident of Sicily. Luckily, I was able to sell my house quickly and the buyers want to move in immediately. I have already packed all I need and I’m ready to go! I see there is a flight to Agrigento leaving this evening and I will call the airline right now. As soon as I know my ETA I’ll contact you. Thank you again, my dear cousin. I look forward to seeing you very soon in sunny Sicily. Ciao caro – Sophia 

AT THE SAME TIME THAT DAY

To: Sophia

From: Angie

Hi Soph – How’s my favorite sister? I’ve got exciting news! I landed that great job I was angling for …. the one at the music school near you. I know it’s been a while since you offered your guest room to me and I’m hoping the offer still stands. You haven’t turned it into a shrine to George Harrison, have you? Anyway, I sold my condo here in Boston; my stuff is already packed and all I need to do is reserve tickets online to NY. I can be there as soon as tomorrow. Can’t wait to see you! Love, your favorite sister Angie 

PS: Brad and I broke up, that jerk! Good riddance! 

AT THE SAME TIME THAT DAY

To: Angie

From: Brad

Babe, I’m sorry! Forgive me for being such an ass! I love you and need you in my life. Taking the first flight home to Boston tonight. Brad xx

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