S: When you reach me
BC: Written By: Rachel Buckwalter.
FC: This journal is dedicated to the "laughing man"
1: You have saved the life of my very first true friend. I'm positive Sal is thankful for your actions on that horrible, horrible afternoon. I cant thank you enough, without your letters i may have lost someone dear. Even though i may have known this along, you weren't crazy. Just very helpful. | ~Dedication Page~
2: At first, I wasn't sure what was wrong with you. I remember crossing the street to avoid you yelling out "Smart Kid!". Also, I never understood why you slept under that mail box everyday. Or decided to practice your kicks out on the road making taxis honk at you. You had your reasons, and I had mine to keep certain secrets. | JOURNAL 1
3: "Hes just CSP, a crazy shaped person." I thought. . . Not very far from the truth. -Miranda (36)
4: I hate the name Miranda! I mean, I personally don't mind it but Jay Stringer sure does! Apparently, it has something to do with the "Miranda Warnings". What mom names there only daughter after a criminal? After awhile I forget what they think, its not like the name defines who I am as a person. | JOURNAL 2
5: " Okay Miranda you win, I named you after a monster." -Mother (22)
6: Sal stopped talking to me today. I think its because of the boy who punched him in the stomach last afternoon? Hewon't look at me when I talk, or respond to my questions. Also, hes been leaving earlier so I can't walk home with him. What did I even do? | JOURNAL 3
7: "Maybe I didn't want to have lunch or walk home in awhile..." ~Sal (121) | But now. Were best friends once again! It turns out he just needed time to himself.
8: "Your friend, Swiss Miss, don't let her back in here again" Jimmy (142) | JOURNAL 4
9: Someone stole Jimmy's Fred Flintstones bank full of $2 bills. So now, we aren't allowed back into the store during our lunch hours! He thinks it was us. We gave him a special card explaining why we couldn't have. But he thought it was Julie. Annemarie was so mad at everyone because of that.
10: Today I decided it was about time to change. Anne was dancing in her chair because she had to leave so bad. It was then I thought I should be nicer, so I asked the teacher to be excused for her. While she was busy, I quick ran to the office to see Wheelie. "I NEED PAPER." Is what I practically yelled at her. I took the corner of construction paper and wrote one word, only one word I was sure I would never say especially to *that* person. | JOURNAL 5
11: TRUCE | -to julie from miranda
12: Our family has been really focused on this $20,000 pyramid thing. Mom keeps taking note cards from work so I can make flashcards for the big day. We have a list on the fridge for a trip to China, and a good camera for the trip to China. And Richard scribbled "Sailboat" on the bottom. Richard and I have a a different way of spending the money. | JOURNAL 6
13: This is for Miranda. She needs to worry for herself sometimes.
14: Today i was talking to that weird guy who punched Sal. He honestly needs to calm down about all that stupid math stuff! We had a conversation about my book "A wrinkle in time." where he said it was "implausible" that Meg actually traveled in time if they didn't see themselves before and didn't tell them they were coming or already changed the future... It's to confusing, who cares anyway? | JOURNAL 7
15: Eventually Julie explained it to me. Better her then someone like Marc. | "Your such an idiot, I mean god your an idiot. Why did you do that idiot?" -Julie (135)
16: It was after New Years Eve before I went to see Annemarie at her house. She hasn't been at school because of her epilepsy. I left a note for mom saying I was going out for bagels, but i completely forgot and she had to come pick me up. When we were finally at our apartment we saw Richard waiting outside. We never gave people keys but we decided it was about time to give him a key.
17: "About time we gave Mr. Perfect a key, right?" -Mother (162)
18: Getting ready for Annemarie to come over. The whole time I was setting up the cot, I could remember all those times Sal tried to sleep over but went home in the middle of the night. I was also complaining to mom how once there was cockroach in the bathroom. That the paint on the ceiling was chipping. Then, I realized... She saw it all *too*. She saw the cigarette butts scattered in the lobby. The smudged windows and the wallpaper rolling off and all the water damage. Its like my invisible veil was finally lifted.
19: I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter. -Laughing man. (45) | Minds are like parachutes. They only work when there open. - Sir James Dewar
20: Sal was ran over by a bus. . . Wait no he wasn't the laughing man was. Maybe thats why he was practicing his kicks in the street. Sal is fine except for a broken arm and a cracked rib or two. Were now friends, but I give him space because I finally have other different best friends. I wish I wrote the letter quicker or actually listened to what he asked. Since all of that is behind me now, I guess this could be a learning experience, at least thats what my mom says. Do you know how this will help me as a person? I don't either. But I wrote your letter. It's underneath the mailbox.
21: Every really new idea looks crazy at first. - Alfred North Whitehead | For myself, because at first I definately wasn't goin' to write that letter.
23: When You Reach Me. Written By: Rebecca Stead.