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The two girls squeezed each other tight, while their tears fell onto the dusty ground. โ€œIโ€™ll miss you so much, Samantha!โ€

โ€œIโ€™ll miss you more!โ€ cried Samantha. โ€œWhat will I ever do without you?โ€

Gwendolyn wiped her tears away, and smiled, trying not to let it quiver. โ€œNothing. You can do nothing. Thatโ€™s why you have to call me every night and Iโ€™ll call you every night andโ€”โ€

โ€œPromise?โ€ Samantha interrupted.

โ€œPromise.โ€ Gwen embraced her, securing her into her own arms. โ€œIโ€™ll never forget you, Samantha. When you move to Hawaii, send me pictures, and, uh, emails. Okay?โ€

โ€œPromise!โ€

Their parents too were hugging and crying and talking all at the same time. Gwen had known Sam for only two years, since first grade. But when their eyes met, they already knew. They knew from the moment their eyes laid on each other, they would become the best friends the world has ever seen. It was hard to leave her. It was hard for all of them. But she trusted Sam. She knew she would write back, and their friendship would never end.


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To: Samdolyn1

From: Gwemantha1

Subject: I miss you!!!!!!!!


Samantha!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you arrive in Hawaii yet? Did you go to a lot of beaches? Did you get a lei? Are you doing the hula???? Teach me how!

I miss you so much! You only left for twelve hours, but it seems like a month! I hope you made new friends, but donโ€™t forget me, okay? I know you wonโ€™t!

Iโ€™m so bored right now. Iโ€™m supposed to be calling you to come over so we can paint our nails while we talk about how Mr. Scott drools while he talks and Ms. Winter never showering. But now, Iโ€™m painting my nails alone while I think wearily (a new word I learned!) about how Iโ€™m going to live my life without being in the same state as you. Iโ€™ll miss you so, so, so, so, so, so, much!!!!!!

WBS (write back soon, in case you didnโ€™t know)!

Love,

Gwendolyn


Gwen smiled sadly as she hit send. She hoped she didnโ€™t have to wait long because hearing Samanthaโ€™s emails would be like hearing her voice again.


***

โ€œMom,โ€ Gwen asked. โ€œWhenโ€™s Samantha gonna write back?โ€ She paced impatiently back and forth with her foot, tilting her head. โ€œItโ€™s been two whole days.โ€

Her mother gave her a slight smile of pity. โ€œIโ€™m pretty sure sheโ€™s still busy right now,โ€ she answered. โ€œAfter all, they have moved to another state. They have to get settled in.โ€ She patted Gwendolyn on the head.

Gwen shook her motherโ€™s hand off and sighed. โ€œShe better write back soon. I have tons to tell her.โ€

โ€œShe will, baby. She will.โ€


***

To: Samdolyn1

From: Gwemantha1

Subject: You didnโ€™t write for so long!

Samantha!!!!!!!!!!

You havenโ€™t written for sooo long!

Okay, maybe you havenโ€™t written for three days. But that seems like a lot to me. Three whole days without talking to you. It sounds crazy! So crazy, like as if everyoneโ€™s heads turned into a pigโ€™s head or something. So crazy!

Please write back. And send me a video on how to do the hula!


PS: My mom said that youโ€™re getting settled in Hawaii. Are you making friends? Tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,

Gwendolyn


***

Itโ€™s been a week. She hasnโ€™t answered. She hasnโ€™t replied. So Gwen decided to give her a quick call to make sure she was alright.

โ€œMom!โ€ Gwen yelled. โ€œCan I call Samantha right now?โ€ She held the phone eagerly.

No answer.

โ€œMom?!โ€ she yelled, louder.

โ€œSure, sweetie. Just donโ€™t ask too many questions. They are still settling in.โ€

โ€œStill,โ€ Gwen muttered. She dialed her number, with full certainty that she would answer. She had to wait ten seconds, but after that, the phone answered. Yes!

โ€œHello?โ€ She asked on the phone. โ€œSamantha?โ€

โ€œHello, Gwen!โ€ the voice answered cheerfully. But the problem was, it wasnโ€™t Samantha.

โ€œMrs. Bradford?โ€

โ€œHello! Iโ€™m truly sorry if you wanted to speak with Samantha right now. She got invited to a birthday party and was so excited, so I had to let her go. After all, it has only been one week!โ€

Only? Really? Only one week?

โ€œWow,โ€ Gwen said, not sure what to think. โ€œShe had been invited to a party so quickly.โ€

โ€œHawaii is so kind,โ€ she said, a smile sitting in her voice. โ€œI will let Samantha know you called. She will definitely call back.โ€

โ€œI hope so, thank you very much!โ€

โ€œNo problem at all!โ€ Mrs. Bradford hung up. Gwen felt defiant and sanguine (another word she learned). She will definitely call back. Her words echoed in Gwenโ€™s ears.

She will definitely call back.

Definitelyโ€ฆ


***

โ€œGwen,โ€ her mother told her. โ€œYou have to stay buoyant.โ€

โ€œBuoyant?โ€ Gwen raised an eyebrow. โ€œYou say weird words.โ€

โ€œIt means optimistic. Remember I taught you the word sanguine? They are synonyms.โ€

โ€œMkay.โ€

Her mother sighed. โ€œHow about you send her one more email?โ€ she suggested. โ€œIf she doesnโ€™t answer that, Iโ€™ll let you call her again. But no more calls after that, until she calls you back.โ€

โ€œWhat if Sam doesnโ€™t?โ€

โ€œShe will. You were her first-ever friend. She wonโ€™t forget you.โ€

She wonโ€™t forget you.

What if she did?


To: Samdolyn1

From: Gwemantha1

Subject: Hello.


Hey, Samantha.

You never called me. You never answered my emails. You never sent me postcards. What was our promise even for, then?

Iโ€™m mad at you. I wonโ€™t be mad if you give me one email. Thatโ€™s it. I just want to make sure youโ€™re okay. Please?

If you donโ€™t, Iโ€™m gonna fly myself all the way to Hawaii alone. That might be fun, but that also sounds scary. So please answer!


Love,

Gwendolyn


***

โ€œGwennie!โ€ her mother shouted. โ€œGwen!โ€

Her motherโ€™s voice faded away. Gwen still wanted to sleep. She wanted to fall into her dream again. Her dream was that she sat in an airplane, sitting next to Samantha while they giggled and competed to see who can fit the most marshmallows in their mouths. She ate a chocolate pancake while Samantha ate a maple syrup covered waffle. They both laughed while a puppy licked their ankles. She treasured that dream inside her heart.

โ€œGwen! Samantha sent you an email!โ€

Okay, now she was wide awake. โ€œSeriously?โ€ she called back.

โ€œYes! Come downstairs if you want to read it!โ€

She raced out of bed, trying to yawn. Yawns made her tired. She canโ€™t be tired to read an email from Samantha.

She logged into her computer. Going into her mail, she gasped excitedly.

There it was.


To: Gwemantha1

From: Samdolyn1

Subject: Iโ€™m having so much fun!


Hi Gwen!

My mom bought me five new sweaters, two pairs of leggings, and three new pairs of shoes. Isnโ€™t that a โ€œwowโ€ moment? I KNOW, RIGHT???

EVERYTHING IS SO COOL! Itโ€™s not a city at all. Like, everyone wanted to hear about the city. They were all like, โ€œI wish I lived there.โ€ It was so fun being the center of attention! And you know how we both used to live in apartments? Well, you still live in one, of course, but I moved to a HOUSE! A huge house! Isnโ€™t that amazing? I KNOW, RIGHT???

I made three awesome friends! One is a boy, heโ€™s really nice. His name is Ashton James, but everyone calls him AJ. Thereโ€™s also a girl who lived all her life in Hawaii, and she has a super cute Hawaiian name. Her name is Makani. Isnโ€™t that cool??? I also have a friend named Avery, who looks like me! We are twins! Isnโ€™t that awesome? I KNOW, RIGHT???

This is turning out to be super long. I will have to quit writing. I might call you later!

Bye! I love Hawaii! I miss you!

Love,

Samantha


Gwen frowned at the email. There were many things wrong about it. One, she made Gwen jealous. Friends donโ€™t tell each other things that make them jealous. Two, she made new friends. She wanted her to make friends, but she acted like they were her friends her whole life. Three, she wrote, โ€œI might call you later.โ€ She might. She didnโ€™t say she will. She might.

Four, she moved to a โ€œhugeโ€ house. While Gwen was stuck inside a stupid, small apartment.

She explained all her reasons and complaints to her mother, who told her, โ€œHoney, sheโ€™s excited. She wants to fill you in on everything so you donโ€™t miss out.โ€

โ€œMiss out? Iโ€™m missing out? And besides, she didnโ€™t say sorry.โ€

โ€œWhat would dear Samantha have to be sorry about?โ€

โ€œSorry about not emailing me for a week! Sorry about not calling me! Sorry about everything!โ€ She stormed away upstairs to her room, wanting to catch a good sleep. Again.

And to catch the same dream.

Hopefully.

***

She didnโ€™t dream this time, though. At least, she didnโ€™t remember. But what she did remember was that she was still mad at Samantha.

Her mother mustโ€™ve noticed. โ€œHoney, Samantha may have done quite a few things that have upset you. Maybe you should call her again. Make things right with her. I canโ€™t stand seeing you so angry.โ€

โ€œIโ€™m not angry.โ€

โ€œCall her. The phone is waiting.โ€

Gwen groaned. โ€œShe isnโ€™t going to answer,โ€ she murmured.

โ€œCall her,โ€ she repeated, and Gwen rolled her eyes and went toward the phone.

She crossed her fingers, closed her eyes, and wished.

Please, Samantha. Please answer.


***

Gwen - Hello?

Person on the other end - Hi, Gwen! I miss you so much!โ€

Gwen - Is that you, Samantha?โ€

Samantha (laughs) - Of course! Who else would it be?

Gwen - Omg! Itโ€™s so nice hearing your voice!

Samantha (stays silent)

Gwen โ€“ Samantha?

Samantha (cries) โ€“ Iโ€™m so sorry. I know that you are mad at me. I read all of your emails that youโ€™ve sent, I havenโ€™t ignored them. I just, I just got mad at my mom and myself for leaving you. I just didnโ€™t want to get sad, so I tried having fun being social and making friends. Besides, Iโ€™m not even having too much fun.

Gwen โ€“ But you said you bought all those clothesโ€”

Samantha โ€“ She chose them all for me. I didnโ€™t even like them.

Gwen โ€“ And you are the center of attentionโ€”

Samantha โ€“ Yeah, but after they heard my story, they pretended like I didnโ€™t exist anymore.

Gwen โ€“ And you moved to a houseโ€”

Samantha โ€“ Itโ€™s fun, I guess, but I miss my old home. Itโ€™s also very tiring to get around to different places.

Gwen โ€“ And you made new friendsโ€”

Samantha (huffs) โ€“ They just wanted to look cool, saying they are friends with the new girl. Ashton keeps ignoring me and talking to Makani, and Avery has other friends. And we don't look much alike, to be honest.

Gwen (her turn to be silent)

Samantha (explodes into tears) โ€“ I miss you so, so, so, much! I love Hawaii and all, but it isnโ€™t the same without my friend. If I had a billion friends in Hawaii, I wouldnโ€™t love any of them the way I love you. You are the best. I miss you. I wish I never left you.

Gwen โ€“ Why did you leave in the first placeโ€ฆ

Samantha โ€“ Because of my dadโ€™s work. Itโ€™s hard for him to pay the bills for his own home, and for our house, so we all had to move there.

Gwen โ€“ Ohโ€ฆ

Samantha โ€“ I have to go. I really miss you. You donโ€™t know how much I miss you. I will call you every single day!

Gwen โ€“ I miss you too! I will email you every single day!

Mom (frowns in the background) โ€“ No you wonโ€™t, lady! That's too many emails!

Gwen and Samantha (giggles)

Gwen โ€“ Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!! Iโ€™ll see you later!

Samantha โ€“ Bye!!!! And I promise I will never forget you!

Gwen โ€“ Same. Bye!!!!!


***

โ€œSo, your call with Samantha went well, didnโ€™t it?โ€ Gwenโ€™s mother asked.

โ€œYeah. Iโ€™m glad we are still best friends.โ€

She smiled. โ€œIโ€™m glad, too. But I really hope Samantha doesnโ€™t call every day. Thatโ€™s too much, donโ€™t you think?โ€

Gwen laughed. โ€œNot too much for me.โ€

They both smiled at each other and cracked up. โ€œGood night, little Gwennie.โ€

โ€œGood night Mom. Sweet dreams.โ€

โ€œSweet dreams to you too, honey.โ€

Gwen smiled. She already sensed her sweet dream. Her perfect, sweet dream.

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37 comments

Nirosha P
07:22 Jul 20, 2020

I loved this story so much! This is the first story I read in Reedsy that gave me a view of a child. And more fun than serious. Good job! :)

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Maya Reynolds
19:53 Jul 17, 2020

Aww their friendship is so sweet! I'm glad they made up at the end :). I also love the title - it's so cute how they combine each others names! Great job!

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The perfect friendship you'd want at any age :)

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Aw, I so agree. Thanks for the comment! ^^

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Khadija S.
19:16 Jun 08, 2020

You write in children's perspectives really, very well. :)

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Thank you! I've been practicing writing in different POVs. Glad you enjoyed :)

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Akinbola Esther
15:37 Jun 08, 2020

I enjoyed your story

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Talia M
13:07 Jun 07, 2020

Beautiful story! Thoughtful character development and well written! I'm knew to Reedsy and would appreciate your opinion on my story if possible! :-)

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03:48 Jun 07, 2020

This story is so sweet. I love your writing style, Kendra! Keep writing and stay safe Kendra! Do try to comment on my stories too! :)))))

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Thank you so much! Have a lovely day! I will definitely read and comment on your stories too!

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15:16 Jun 07, 2020

Thank you, Kendra! U too!โค๏ธ๏ธ

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Matt Render
18:20 Jun 04, 2020

I think you can add more tension to the story. Maybe a secret being kept between the characters?

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You are so right, I needed to add tension! I'll definitely keep this in mind!

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Avani Gupta
01:36 Jun 04, 2020

Your truly a person who represents quantity over quality.

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Your comment means a lot. Tysm! โ™กโ™ก

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Nichole White
16:51 Jun 03, 2020

Kendra, as always, you never disappoint when it comes to writing (unlike me. Ha) it kinda reminds me of When I Come Back just a bit. Great job Kendra!

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A very motivating comment. Happy that you can connect with your story! Tysm โคโค

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Nichole White
17:20 Jun 03, 2020

Of course Kendra, it really did remind me a bit of When I Come Back. I loved the creativity of the story!!! Keep on being creative!!

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Thanks! You are creative with your stories too ;)

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Kathleen March
15:01 Jun 03, 2020

This made me wish I could find my best friend from high school.

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I can relate the same way too. I wish I could find one of my only friends. Hope it doesn't bring back just sad memories :)

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Agnes Ajadi
04:38 Jun 03, 2020

Such an amazing story. I went way back into memory line with that story. Keep writing.๐Ÿ˜„ And thanks for commenting on my story!

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No problem! And thanks for reading :) You keep writing too!

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Lori Colt
01:53 May 31, 2020

Such a sweet story. I really enjoyed it and am reminded of those times I felt jealous as a child.

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Thanks! I also love stories that bring back memories. You can add constructive criticism to my stories anytime! Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Sia Sharma
04:59 Jul 28, 2020

So cute. Its nicely described!

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Rosa Rainbowz
14:45 Jul 22, 2020

Best friend, I have to be really honest. This be good but cheesy.

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>:0 Just kidding, I know you're being honest. Yeah I guess it kind of is, still glad you enjoyed it heh.

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Bunny Bounces
00:18 Jul 20, 2020

This story was interesting, and sweet. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

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Thank you. :) Edit: I just read your profile. Congrats on being a new member of the Reedsy community! I'm very sorry about Fred. I won't forget him also. I hope you write your first story, I'd be one of the firsts to read it :)

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Emily Nghiem
04:30 Jun 07, 2020

I like how you drew in the reader to feel and follow the thoughts and relationships, where these are established naturally. I can see these characters in my mind like scenes in a movie. If you have ever considered writing for stage, screen or short film, you seem to have that natural ability for dialogue and making characters likable, where the audience immediately sympathizes. That connection is very important to establish in any genre or media format, so I hope you will consider applying your talents and explore stage and screen as well! N...

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I actually have thought a little about writing for a short film, or maybe stage. Thank you lots for taking the time to read it! Stay safe ๐Ÿ’•

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