A Flute Player's Story

By Rachel Halpin

Romance

Letter Writing

Dear Ally,
I miss you. I think about you every night as I fall asleep. You're always in my dreams and during the day, I don't stop thinking about you. I love you so much, it hurts every time I think about the fact that you're gone. I spent most of my nights crying myself to sleep and my days wishing I knew where you were so I could be with you. Why did you leave without even saying good-bye?
Racetrack


Dear Antonio,
I'm so sorry I left without a word. I'm so sorry I hurt you by doing that. I didn't know what to think, so I just left. I cry in the night, thinking about how hurt you must feel. But thinking about you gives me strength to do what I have to do in order for us to be together forever one day. Please forgive me. Te amo.
Ally


Dear Maggie,
Allegra is making me write a letter to you. She thinks it will be good for me to work on my English so that I don't forget any of it. (Pay him no mind! He misses you something awful. He whines about you every morning…) Are you done writing my letter for me? Pay that girl no mind. I don't.
She is right though. I do miss you something awful. I'm very sorry for what we did, but it was the only way. Please don't be mad at me. I'm going to return one day and we will have fun. (And never stop your gosh-awful chattering…)
Ally misses you something awful too. I'm going to go help her write her own letter to you. Tell the boys hi and give the girls a kiss from their Uncle Rooster.
Castel


Dear Maggie,
Castel insisted I write you my own letter. I miss you much. You are my closest friend, even counting my twin. (Hey! Do you want my help or not?) Okay, Castel and you are both my closest friend. Please tell Race not to be mad at me. Tell him…tell him I love him and that I think of him every day. (Tell him nothing of the sort! I am the only boy in my hermano's life and always will be!)
Give the girls a kiss for me and sing them their favorite lullaby.
Ally


Dear Allegra,
Why did you have to leave? Nothing is the same with you gone. The twins don't mind me like they mind you and the girls keep insisting on waiting for you to return for a lullaby before bed. The band isn't the same without you either. I miss having a good friend to practice with. Medda says to hurry home because she doesn't want to replace her second best flute player. I am still the best flute player. Tell that hermano of yours that I miss him something awful as well. Don't let him get away with any bull poo.
Please hurry back. Everyone misses you.
Maggie


Dear Castel,
It's Christmas time in New York and I'm very sad. I wanted to show you Manhattan at Christmas and let you take me to a Christmas flicker. You should see Medda's. It's all prepared for the season and there's plenty of mistletoe. I wish you were here. Why did you have to leave?
Maggie


Dear Ally,
Today I passed Medda's and thought of you. I missed you so much that I cried for an hour and Ariana and Caelyn were worried. They thought I had received bad news from you. Please come back.
Race


Dear Race,
I can't come back. Not yet. But I think about you every day. Tell the girls that I'm doing well and I miss them. They're always in my thoughts, as are you. If they ask about me, tell them I will always be there in spirit to sing them to sleep.
My cousin Chepi keeps asking me to go with her boy friends on a date. I tell them my heart belongs to you.
Ally


Dear Ally,
Maggie told us we could write a letter to you. Where are you? Why did you leave? Boyden and Darien are very mean today. Maggie and Tajo say it's because they miss you. When are you coming back? We miss your singing. Can you sing a lullaby for us tonight? It makes us feel happy that you think of us.
Ariana and Caelyn


Dear Ariana and Caelyn,
Te echo de menos, mis angelitos. I am with people who are very important to me, but not as important as you. I had to leave. I can't tell you why just yet, but one day I will return and explain it to you. I sing a lullaby for you every night before I go to sleep.
Tell your brothers to behave themselves. If they don't listen, pull their ears.
Ally


Dear Ally,
Maggie took the girls shopping today. I went with them and saw a hair ribbon. It made me think of you and I almost bought it before I remembered you aren't here. Te amo. Si prega di tornare di corsa.
Race


Dear Antonio,
Today I saw a boy wearing a vest like yours and I cried. I miss you so much. I help my grandmamma make clothing for her people. I made a gift for you. I plan to save it so that I have to return to New York and give it to you.
Ally

Te amo-I love you (Spanish and Italian)

Te echo de menos, mis angelitos-I miss you, my little angels (Spanish)

Si prega di tornare di corsa-Please hurry back (Italian)

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