“Ready?” Daddy says, looking at me.
And then I remember something. “Brandon? You said Rachael liked Scooter’s get- well letter the best. How come?”
“He drew her a heart. It was Purple with a big smiling face and red pokey hair. Had freckles, too.”
“Kissed by fairies many times,” Scooter says. “More than you, Emma June.”
I hug Scooter. I want to bounce him up and down like he does me. I can’t. Scooter’s been growing, not like a weed, but like a beautiful wildflower.
Then the three of us, a Choppers-legged dog family, say our goodbyes and are about halfway home when Daddy says, “Doodle Snip? Think we can tell you about everything tomorrow? It’s been and long day and we’re—”
“It can wait,” I say. “Besides, it doesn’t matter now.” Then I’m sandwiched between two pieces of Wonder Bread.
Excerpt from The Moonshine Thicket