chapter one.


“Sophia, are you sure you want to do this?” my father, cameron asked as he pulled his hundered year old station wagon into a parking spot facing the fenway train station. It was my first stop before i boarded a plan in los angelas.

          “of course i do!” i lied. i did not want to leave my beautiful beach-side home in medford, california for hill, A  town in washington Alabama that has an alarmingly low population. they have one stoplight in hill and at night, it flashes yellow.

I was going there to live with my favorite aunt on my dad’s side, katrina. while my father fulfilled his ‘life long’ dream of becoming a world renowned violinist and enjoyed his new wife karen. a model from san diego. they were spending the year traveling around greece trying to catch the attention of one, antonio midori son of some famous composer in the forties. i had no intention of going with them, i don’t like karen at all, and was happy to be moving, no matter  how temorary it was, away from her.

-“well, only if you are sure.” he insisted sourly. i didn’t know if he meant for me to hear or not. pretending i didn’t hear anything, i tousled my ratty brown curls, and gave him my best ‘dad, don’t worry’ look. despite that effort, he looked very  worried. he didn’t want me to leave anymore than i wanted to leave him. he is my best friend.

“but, soph, ” he said as he looked down at me, with his big grey eyes that i had a feeling i filled with sadness.”it’s not too late to change your mind, we could turn right around. we could be home by seven, and you could unpack…”

“NO. dad.” i cut him off “you have some big things to accomplish, and i wouldn’t want to get in your way. plus,” i went on “i think i will really like HIll, and  living with aunt katrina.” lies, all lies. i couldn’t let my father know that though.  it was either move in with katrina for my sophmore year, or move to another country and not go to high school at all and take up a new language. which did not sound very appealing to me. so, i had settled on hill, and aunt katrina.

“ok soph.” he finally said, gesturing to the station, obviously ready for me to leave, so he could mourn in peace. as well as to spare both of us of my very soon-to-be tearful exit. “time to go.”

“i love you dad, and i will miss you so much. i promise to write every-” i was overwhelmed with sadness. i stared into his eyes he looked just as sad as i was, i hadn’t spent more than a week away from him since eighth grade. tears welled in my eyes. this was a moment of sincere saddness. i felt a tear droplet spill over my eyelid and run down my cheek. my vision was starting to get blurry from the tears. “e-e-eevery day” i said, as i was clutching my hand’s together and catching my breath.i was talking through the lump in my throat. i was sure my eyes had turned red. this was going to be hard.

“bye honey” he replied as i leaned in to give him a hug. ” i love you too”


**writers note** i think that’s enough for tonight. it is really hard to write things like this, you really have to get into the moment of sadness when writing to make it feel as real as possible.
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