Chapter 6

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It's been one week of camp and today one of the teachers (I gave up on learning their names on the 3rd day) said that we will be sending a letter home to our families for "reassurance purposes" he projects an image. I think nothing of it and begin a rather intense game of Rock Paper Scissors with Ace. Then all at once he stops.
"What's wrong?" I whisper.
"The letter! That's what. It's signed by the camp!" I lean back in my chair.
"So what- OH NO! Ace, please. Please help me!"
"Anything. Just tell me what to do."
"I-I don't know." I say throwing my head into my hands.
"Let me think about it" I say.
That night I pray for the very first time. God, please. Do something. Anything. Mom can not find out that I came here.

I get up early and meet Ace by the cliff. Our unofficial meeting spot.
"Have you thought of anything?" I ask him.

"Not really." He says.

"Ugh!" I say. "We're never gonna stop it. It's hopeless! I'm gonna be found out. And then I'll go to Juvy or something. House arrest. Prison."

"Of course not! Kids go to Juvy. House arrest at a maximum. Adults go to prison." He laughs. Slowly at first, but then all at once he bursts out laughing. And next thing I know I'm laughing at something thats not even funny. Besides, I'm just as guilty as you." He says "well, sorta. I helped you." He says with a smile. I smile back and pull him into a hug. "Thank you," I whisper against him, as he strokes my hat. The letter, the secret, all of it slips from my mind just resting there with him.

Finally, I get an idea. I jump up yelling "that's it!"
"What?"
"I don't give them my address! They never asked for it when we showed up and all my mom did was sign the admission form and pay for it. So that means we're gonna have to tell them our address. What if I don't give them my address? What if I give them yours? Your mom will be confused, sure, but eventually she'll think nothing of it!"
"Yes! That's it!"

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