Part 6: conclusion
A few days went by before the letter came, but the plan went smoothly. Aunt Rebecca left, and although the next few days were very worrisome ones for Andi’s mother, another letter came later on that helped soothe her worries.
“What is it, Mother?” Justin asked; the question on every one’s mind.
Mrs. Carter looked up from the letter with a look of disbelief on her face. “Listen to this!” she exclaimed. “My Dearest Sister: I write to you to let you know that our little Levi is safe. Apparently he got lost in a maze of streets on his way home. He says that a kind family let him in and shared food with him for a few days and then showed him the way home. He arrived almost as soon as I stepped of the coach. I regret to inform you that business here in the city makes it so that I cannot return to you immediately. However, I will endeavor to visit again soon. Your Loving Sister, Rebecca.”
She looked up. “Well!”
Andi swallowed a laugh and became extremely focused on her sewing. Her siblings were in quiet shock, but gradually went back to their things, forgetting the letter.
As soon as she could, Andi escaped to tell Cory. She arrived breathless in town at the livery stable. Cory came out when he heard her call his name.
“What brings you here?” he asked.
Andi told the whole story in a few sentences.
Cory laughed once she finished. “That Levi is a wonderful story teller.”
Andi frowned. “That is one thing that he hasn’t been cured of quite yet. He still can tell lies with a straight face. I can’t believe him!” She shook her head. “I just wanted you to know soon. But I have to go right back now.”
Cory was puzzled. “Why?” he asked.
Andi swung herself onto Taffy. “I need to write my sister a letter!” she yelled over her shoulder.
Cory grinned and waved.
Andi went home. She did love her home, but if only her aunt would stay where she belonged and let Andi stay where she belonged: carefree on the Carter Ranch with Taffy.