Dear Nate....

November 30, 2010
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Dear Nate

I don’t really know what to say or how to start this, but I guess I’ll start from what’s happened to me since you left and go from there. So many things have happened and so much has changed. I’m not so defensive anymore and I’ve got friends now: Harriet, Olivia, Gervais, Jamie and you, of course! I’m now studying at the U. I got the acceptance letter a few weeks after you left. Thanks to Gervais, I got 91% on my Calc test! A few days afterwards, I opened that gift you gave me on Valentine’s Day. I love the earrings, but it feels strange without my necklace. I miss it, but that life is in the past now. I’m moving on.

I handed in my English research project. You know, at the start I thought, “Great, I picked something I neither want nor have” but I’ve leant that there are many definitions of family. I brought in two pictures: One showed Jamie’s extended family and the other was taken at my 18th birthday. I didn’t want anything, but Cora insisted on organizing a party anyway- you know how she is! I wish you had been there, but you’ve got your own life with you Mum in Arizona now. The photo of the party isn’t great, but it’s the perfect thing to capture that moment. In it, we’re all standing by the pond: Me in the middle, Cora and Olivia on one side, Harriet and Reggie (who is staring at her) on the other. Gervais is the only one eating cake and finally Jamie, who is slightly blurred from rushing back into the photo.

I hardly recognise myself as the same person from all those months ago: Defensive and unwilling to trust anyone for fear of being abandoned. I used to think I could handle everything on my own, but now I’ve learnt that sometimes you have to reach out to someone else to really accept the past. That’s why I came after you that day you vanished. I’d already realized it was OK to accept help and I wanted you realize that too.

You won’t believe this, but Cora’s pregnant! I found out the last week of school. You have to come visit us! I really miss you- Ume and email aren’t the same.

Take Care. I love you.


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Love.Hate.Passion. said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I really liked this !

My only criticism is that in the sentence " with you Mum"

it should be "with your Mum".

Otherwise , awesome job!

CarrieAnn13 said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Great article!  You just capitazlied 'Care' in the sentence 'Take Care', that's my only criticism.

I have to say I'm not familiar with the book, so I can't quite give you a full critique.

ilovewriting95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm
This is really good! By the way, what novel is this story based off of?
Healing_Angel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
BrokenInnocence said...
Dec. 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm
this is great. you should write fanfiction for these books :)
RFrocker23 replied...
May 30, 2011 at 11:30 am
I don't know what this was based off of, but coming into it with zero knowledge about it, I still really, really enjoyed it. I just love your style and it flows extremely well. Keep it up!
Ellawind said...
Dec. 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm
I love this- it's personal, it's sweet, and it goes just enough into Ruby's history to leave you wanting more and satisfied at the same time. 
Healing_Angel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm
BrokenInocence: Thanks! That truly means a lot! :)
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