My dear brother,
It has been almost nine years since we lost you. We’re a big family so losing just one may not seem like much of a loss but it has left a hole nonetheless. You’re still here in spirit – in fact, people keep forgetting you’re no longer part of our family – but it’s not the same. You were always kind of out there but we all cared about you. I don’t think anybody else has written yet and I’m sorry for that. I can’t make up for their lack of action but I feel like, if anyone is going to keep this family together, it has to be me. Even though I was adopted into this family and never really matched the rest of you, I feel like I must be the leader.
If my nephew would ever slow down to think about it, I’m sure he’d write, too. He’s always been our main line of communication. You know how he is, though, always in a hurry. His dad – our big brother – is still trying to apologize for him but, at this point, it doesn’t really feel sincere. He’s cold-natured on the outside but I believe there’s still some warmth in there, deep down. Those two have been distant for so long that I don’t know if they’ll ever really get along. I still find myself having to stay between them. Even his “daughter” has to stand between them. (You remember why I say “daughter” in quotes, right? We’re still not sure if she’s his or dad’s. Gods, our family is so messed up…) Of course, it only gets worse when his other son decides to get involved. He’s always stirring up trouble.
Granddad is still kickin’ around out there somewhere. He’s a pretty icy guy but he means well. I think dad and even some of our brothers try to be like him but he’s still the undisputed master of the cold shoulder. He and I barely talk, really. I feel kind of guilty about it – I feel like I should get to know my whole adopted family better – but the trip to go see him is just so costly that it’s hard to justify it most of the time.
Listen, I know you’re pretty far out there most of the time but I don’t want you forgetting where you belong. I don’t care what others say, you still belong in this family. I know at least one of our brothers is out near you once in a while. He’s still a little wet behind the ears despite his age but he’ll try to swing by. Try to say hi sometime, OK? Maybe send a letter?
All the love in the world,
Primary Question: Who is writing the letter and to whom are they writing it? (Get the tick)
Bonus Question: Can you name all the family members mentioned? (Get +1)
- Letter writer
- The brothers
- The nephew
- The daughter
- Dad and Granddad