Dear Mom and Dad,
It feels like forever since I?ve seen you. Then again, it kind of has. Three years is a long time for a girl not to see her parents, or at least I think so. I?ve met a lot of new people here, most of which don?t know their parents or don?t have them anymore. I can?t imagine that - not being able to see either of you ever again. I know I sound silly, but I don?t even like to think about the day when it has to happen.
Sorry. What a way to start a letter, huh? Let me try again.
Living here in RhyDin has been good, for the most part. But I?m sure - certain - that you?ve talked with everyone else and they?ve told you a bunch of what?s happened, and I?m just as sure that not all of it has been good. But I?m happy. I really am. Not with everything that?s happened, no, but? I feel like I can actually belong here, you know? I have friends, or at least still a few, and I even have a job. I feel like I actually belong. For once.
Working at the horse stable has been one of the best experiences of my life so far. I?ve learned so much in just this past year (Has it been a year already? I can?t believe it.) and have become such a better rider than I was when I first started. I?ve only fallen off once, and even that wasn?t so bad. I guess the trick, as they say, is just to ?get back on?. I did, and am so happy for it. I?m thinking about asking if I can trade in my work to lease one of their horses, Tumble. He?s a sweet Palomino and I just adore him. There?s something in his eyes, a sort of kindness that you don?t see in every horse. I think he likes me.
Otherwise, I haven?t been doing too much. I sing with everyone whenever we do shows, but we haven?t been doing that too much lately. I guess it?s because everyone?s so busy. Logan?s still working on that huge church on the north side of town and Quill keeps herself busy doing? whatever she does. I don?t see Kil much, or Brent, but I know that Brent has a girlfriend now so I really can?t blame him. Can you imagine that? Brent with a girlfriend? Like, a real one. Who would have thought? Haha. Donny and Rebecca are doing great, just busy, and the kids love living here. And of course Jamie likes being here. He can?t be unhappy anywhere.
I guess I kind of envy them. They all have something that they?re doing. Me? All I do is sit around all day, doing nothing. I just can?t seem to help it. I used to help with the deliveries for a church nearby, but after? I guess they just don?t need my help anymore. So all I really do is go to the stable or sit at home, or sometimes go hang out at the Red Dragon Inn (Don?t worry, it?s not a bad place. Ask Quill.). It?s kind of hard to do anything else. I either get told to stay here at the house or go out, but even then I get told not to go too far. It?s worse than when I lived back home and had a curfew, except now it?s Quill that makes all the rules and she?s just terrible.
Anyway, I?m sure you?ve heard about my friend. His name is Toby. Toby Aradam. He's? We dated for awhile. I think we kind of are again? I don?t know. I never got the chance to really ask. I guess I should have?
He?s a sweet boy. Guy. Whatever. He?s really nice. He has this bright orange hair that everyone back home would love, although he isn?t Irish. He isn?t anything. Not that we know about anyway. He came from this other world (I?m sure you know about RhyDin and how different worlds can intersect and live together here) but has been living here for a couple of years. He really seems to have a life cut out for him here. Everyone knows him, everyone calls him by his name. Pretty much everyone likes him. He?s the one that does the deliveries for the church I talked about. Or at least, he did?
I?ve been talking about him in the present tense this entire time? God, I really miss him?
Sorry about that. Had to? take a break. Anyway, Toby?s gone now. He's dead. And my friend May is gone too. I don?t really know where she is other than I guess she went back to her own world to take care of some things. I thought she was only supposed to be gone for a couple of days, but it?s been weeks. Maybe even longer. I really miss her. She was like a sister to me. We even called each other that. I really hope that she?s okay.
Aside from all of that, there is some good in the friend department! I met this girl, woman, not that long ago. Her name is Minoko. She?s from Japan but forever ago. Does that make her really old? Haha, I don?t think so. She?s only about 25 or so, I think, but she doesn?t seem to mind that I?m a couple years younger. She?s super funny and so down to earth. I really like spending time with her. She owns another tavern in town, too. It?s called ?The Black Scorpion?. I?ve been there once and it was really nice. It has this old-world feeling to it that I just love. She?s asked me to help her by working there. I think I may, if only to spend more time with her and get out of the house. I guess the only thing I have to wait for is for Sai to check it out. You know how he gets sometimes, especially about bars. But I think he?ll let me work there. He seems to like Minoko too.
Well I guess that?s about it for my story so far. Like I said, there?s been a lot of good and a lot of not so good things happening. But I guess that?s just how things work in life and you just have to bear the weight.
You should come visit sometime! I know everyone else would love that, but especially me. Or maybe we can all come home for a week or two now that it?s summer. I do miss home.
I love you, Mom and Dad, and hope you?re doing well! Write when you can. I know it?s tricky to get letters here but, I?d love to hear from you.
Your little Kingsley