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Dear Alli (WP)
How’s it going at camp? It’s so sad that we can barley see each other through the summer. I mean, you’re in camp for about the whole summer, and I’m going to be in Hawaii for about another month. Wish you could be here with me, and I wish I could be there with you.
See you in August!
P.S Can’t wait until you get home because we have two weeks all to ourselves. But then school. :(
As you can see, I was writing to my best friend Alli because I’m in Hawaii and she is on the other side of the country in North Carolina for Sleep Away Camp. You see, we always hand out during the summers, but since we are going to sixth grade her mom wanted her to go to sleep away camp and my family planned for us to go to Hawaii for two months. Besides Alli not being here, I’m really enjoying Hawaii. It’s so beautiful! Especially the beaches. There was a mailbox outside our hotel. I licked the envelope and placed it in the mailbox. As I was walking back in to the lobby, I was thinking about tomorrow, 4th of July. But the only sad thing is, Alli is not here to spend it with me. Last year we would go on the deck of my house and watch the fireworks and she would usually sleepover. It was tradition.
Morning of 4th of July
I really thought it would take a couple of days for Alli to get my letter and send it back, but she must have really been expecting a letter because I got the letter today. I went out to my mom to tell her. She was sitting out on the beach.
“Hey, Mom, I got the letter back from Alli.” I ripped the envelope open. I read it out loud:
Camp is going well. But it would be better if it was the both of us. Anyway, how is Hawaii? I told you it was beautiful too. And I forgot to tell you, happy 4th of July! I bet you will watch the fireworks much later than me because of the six hour time difference! Anyway, enjoy the fireworks!
P.S You’re right, we do have two weeks to ourselves!
I ran into our hotel room and grabbed a pen as soon as I could. I got a piece of paper and wrote,
Happy 4th of July to you too! Hawaii is good and you were right, it is beautiful. It’s good to have a best friend who went to the same place as me. So, are you excited about sixth grade? Well, I think it will be a little weird because we were so used to being the oldest ones in the school, but now we’re going to be the youngest. Well, got to go have breakfast bye! :)
I ran to have breakfast and put my bathing suit on. Today we were just spending the day at the beach and the pool. I ran to my mom outside and put down a beach chair. I was trying to get a tan. I mean, I’m in Hawaii! I need to get a tan!
I don’t know how, but mine and Alli’s letters were getting to each other so fast! It was weird being away from Alli. We always spent the summers together. It started to get late but my family and I just kept sitting there for the fireworks. It started to get darker out. Then I heard a boom! The fireworks were starting! Oh! They were gorgeous! All the colors you could imagine and a pitch black night for the background! Oh, how beautiful were they. The fireworks ended late. It was getting around 10:00, but me and my parents were wide awake from the fireworks! We went to get Hawaiian ice creams. They were actually really good!
The next morning I woke up and went outside to check the hotel mail. But there was nothing from Alli. Maybe the mail was slow?
I went to check the mail. Nothing, again. Was Alli mad at me? Did I say something wrong in my letter? So I went to ask my mom. She didn't know why either.
Sorry I haven't written in a long time. I haven't found a lot of time to write. How were the fireworks? Ours were good. Oh! And guess what? I met this girl, Lily, who will be going to our school next year, and we have been spending a lot of time together. She's a really nice girl. I can't wait for you to meet her. Well, I got to go. Me and Lily are going swimming in the lake.
P.S Maybe next year we can all go to this camp! :-)
I had no idea what to write back. Was this girl Lily trying to replace me? Has Alli told her all about me and her secrets? I was getting worried. What was I supposed to write back to her “are you trying to replace me?” I was going to wait a day or two.
Well, I got something from Alli today.
Dear I don't want to say your name because it's the weirdest name ever!
Let me just say something. You’re stupid, weird, gross, lame, and the worst friend anyone could ever have!
I just stood there with my mouth open. I could not believe my eyes. I did not understand why she wrote this. So I wrote back….
What did I do? I don’t understand why you are writing this.
“Hey, Lily, I got something back from Jessica.” Alli read it. “What am I talking about?”! What is she talking about?! While Alli was reading over the letter, Lily smiled.
I have been very confused over the past couple of days. I just got the meanest letter from my best friend. And I had no idea what to write back. But, I got a letter back from her…
What are you talking about?
So I grabbed a pen and wrote
The letter you wrote me where you said I was, mean, gross, stupid etc.
Well, I got the letter back the next day. I think the mail man was getting annoyed at me and Alli with all these letters. Anyway, the letter said…
I never wrote anything about that. I would never say anything like that.
I went on the beach and sat there in the sand for a little while. I was TOATALLY confused. But then I got a thought. Could someone else be writing these letters? Could Lily? - I knew it! She is sabotaging me and Alli’s letters. I knew this girl was trying to wreck me and Alli’s friendship.
I don’t think this girl Lily is so nice, because I think she is-
I crumpled up the piece of paper and threw it in the garbage. I can’t write a letter like that for two reasons. First reason, what if Lily reads it and throws it away so Alli won’t see it. And second, Alli wouldn’t believe me. I mean really think about it, what was I supposed to write? Dear Alli, I think your friend Lily is trying to sabotage our friendship. Then she would think that I’m trying to sabotage her friendship with Lily? Uh! Like I said, this is confusing. No this is REALLLY CONFUSING! So I thought about it a little and I wrote…
Just wondering has anyone else been reading our letters besides us?
I went to put it in the mailbox.
Well, I got a really simple letter back from Alli. All it said was “no.”
A couple of days have past and I and Alli haven’t been writing to each other that much. I bet she was just as confused as I was.
Well, it’s been two months. We were on the way back to New York. Alli was getting back a day earlier than I was. When we finally got off the plane ride, got our luggage, and we got home, Alli was waiting for me in the driveway. I opened the car door and ran to her. At the same time we both said, “I have so much to tell you.” We laughed.
“Jessica I would like you to meet Lily.
“Hi Jessica. I have heard so much about you.”
I could see the little evil in her eyes.
“I have heard so much about you too,” I said in a not so nice voice.
“Wel,l anyway,” said Alli, “Let’s go celebrate with ice cream.”
We all walked down to the ice cram parlor.
“So, Jessica,” said Alli. “I never wrote you that letter. I mean I would NEVER write that about you.”
“Oh, I know you would never write that about me,” I said looking at Lily. Lily looked at me in a not so nice way and I looked back.
We got to the ice cream parlor.
“Um, hey, Alli and Lily, why don't you guys go get us some drinks next door.”
We left the ice cream parlor.
“Okay, Lily, you can dropt the act.”
“Oh, I know you are trying to get me and Alli not to be friends again.” Before she got to say something I said, “I also know you were the one who wrote that letter about me.”
“Okay, look, Alli, say goodbye to your best friend Alli. I’m taking her away.”
“Oh, you know I could just walk in to the ice cream store and tell Alli everything you just said,” I said.
“Oh, you wouldn’t want to do that.”
“Why wouldn't I?”
“Because I and Alli have spent two straight complete months with each other. And she thinks that if you go and tell her that, then she will think that you are trying to mess up our friendship.”
I tried to say something, but she interrupted me. She said, “You can’t out smart me.”
She gave me an evil smile. She was right, I couldn’t out smart her.
“No,” I said.
“No. . .what?”
“You are not taking my best friend away from me. I don’t care what you say. I’m going to tell Alli the truth about you.” I walked out of there.
“Alli, I need to talk to you.”
“What is it?”
“Your friend Lily is not so nice. And I have proof.”
What Lily didn’t know was I had a recorder on my phone and I recorded everything she said. Alli listened. Lily came into the store.
“Looks like I out smarted you.” I showed her that I taped everything.
She said. “I can’t believe you did this.”
“Well, nothing can break me and Jessica’s friendship. Let’s go Jessica.”
And we walked out of the ice cream parlor.
Article posted June 1, 2009 at 01:14 PM •
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This was really interesting how most of the story was told through letters. You could have done it with email or chat, though. Then you wouldn't have to explain how the letters got back and forth so quick.
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Is this true or is it a play??
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