TITLE: INVISIBLE BRANCHES
GENRE: Early YA
Friday afternoon, March 15th
I can’t believe I found U! And I thought the Ides of March were ‘sposed 2 be bad luck or something.
But when Tamiko & me were surfing the net during guided study 2day & saw your photo on your illustration website, I knew U had 2 be my dad’s older brother. And it’s not just because U have the right name, U look exactly like him, so I know U have 2 be my uncle. Please write me. We need 2 talk. It’s really important.
Your 14 year old niece,
P.S. This is 4 real. I’m Jared’s daughter. His only kid.
P.P.S. Why R U using your middle name? I like Nick better.
I reread my email message and muttered, “It sounds stupid.” But what do you say to someone you’ve never met? To someone who’s been invisible your whole life? To someone your father pretends doesn’t even exist.
I stared out my bedroom window a moment. A cedar branch whispered against the glass. When Dad noticed how much it was encroaching on the house, he’d hack it off. Was that what he’d done with his brother Nick? But why?
It isn’t fair that no one will tell me.
I opened up the Internet to mckenzieillustration.com.
There he is. He even has a smile like Dad. Not that Dad smiles much lately. Especially since the doctors brought up the bone marrow deal.