"Flowers in the Attic" Exclusive: Cathy’s Secret Letter
You’re probably the only friend I had who will remember or even care to remember me. It’s already been over three years since we saw or spoke to each other. I’m sure the first question on your mind is where did we go? You also must wonder why did we leave so quickly.
I will never forget how you, of all my friends, spent so much time with me after my father was killed in the car accident. As you and I often said, most of my ‘fair-weather’ friends simply didn’t want to be around someone who was always so sad and lost.
My mother took us to live with our grandparents in Charlottesville. They are very rich and live in a mansion. That all sounds good until I tell you we had to be hidden in the mansion, shut away until my grandfather died. He and my grandmother were very angry at my mother for marrying my father. I’d really rather not go into why. In fact, there are so many things now I would never be able to tell anyone.
Because we were shut up in this house, I was unable to ever call you or even get a letter out to you. Or to anyone for that matter, and neither was Christopher. If it wasn’t for Christopher, my brilliant and sensible brother, we never would have survived. Yes, it has been that bad. My grandmother has been more like the jailer from hell. You might be wondering why we stayed here under such conditions. My mother told us and believed that my grandfather was very sick and would die shortly after we were brought here, and when he did, we would be accepted and my mother would have lots of money for us.
He didn’t die and hasn’t yet at the writing of this letter to you, so we are still locked away here. We all sleep in a small bedroom and spend most of our time in a very big attic . Mother keeps telling us soon we’ll be free and happy again, soon, but soon has become months, and months have become years.
I don’t know if this letter will ever be mailed. I was afraid to write it in fact, but I discovered Christopher was keeping a diary. I would never read his diary, and I don’t want him to think I have, but I am going to hide it at the back of Christopher’s diary because he keeps it hidden so well, so well in fact that it took me years to discover it. My little brother Cory has become very, very sick and my mother took him to the hospital a little while ago. I was so frightened and nervous I decided to write this letter to keep my mind on something else. I hope you’ll still care enough to read my letter. I wrote it very quickly.
Perhaps I’ll write again and some day be able to talk to you. I don’t know if I’ll still be here or not. Maybe we’ll move away from Charlottesville. I have two other fears beside concern for my brother as I write this. I’m afraid you will have forgotten me so long ago that you will toss my letter into the garbage. I’m sure you’ve made many new friends by now. I have made none.
My third fear is that if and when I get a chance to make a new friend, I will have forgotten how to do it.
Maybe, I’ll always be shut away in one way or another.
Still, I will sign this,
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Photo Credit: Richard McLaren
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