Week 9: Tuffy

(Sent 17:30; 1.08.2017)

Dear Mrs. Sands,

This is a regular introductory email that I send to parents of newly admitted students. Ella seems to be adjusting pretty well. She is a bit shy but I think that’ll change in a couple of weeks. 

There is one thing, though. In a recent class discussion on imaginary friends, she got pretty upset when someone mentioned that imaginary friends are, well, imaginary. I was surprised that she didn’t already know; we don’t usually get fifth graders who still believe in imaginary friends or Santa Claus for that matter. Maybe you could have a talk with her about this?

Regards,

M. Cross

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(Sent 17:30; 23.12.2017)

Dear Mrs. Sands,

After my last email to you, Ella had stopped mentioning her imaginary friend and so I assumed you must have spoken to her. Today, however, she stood up on a bench during recess and declared that ‘Tuffy’ had taught her new words for her friends. She proceeded to use increasingly foul language. This sort of behavior is not tolerated at this school. I have spoken to Ella but she is adamant that Tuffy would never teach her something bad. 

I would like to meet you after the Christmas holidays to discuss this situation.

Regards,

M. Cross

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(Sent 17:30; 5.01.2018)

Dear Mrs. Sands,

This is regarding my last email to you. I really think we should fix a meeting at the earliest to discuss Ella’s behavior. She is becoming more and more unruly and disrespectful to her classmates as well as her teachers. I tried calling you but kept being redirected to voicemail. Please respond when you get this.

Regards,

M. Cross

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(Sent 14:20; 11.01.2018)

Dear Mrs. Sands,

I’m extremely worried about Ella. Today, I found her hiding a dead sparrow in her backpack because “Tuffy is hungry”. Upon further checking her backpack, I found a number of disturbing drawings and messages. There are also scratch marks on her arms and neck. Since I haven’t heard back from you and you’re not answering your phone, I really have no option but to keep Ella with me until I meet you and we sort this out. 

Please contact me immediately or I will have no option but to contact social services. 

M. Cross

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(Saved as Draft 16:23; 11.01.2018)

Mrs. Sands,

Since my last email to you a few hours ago, I have tried calling you more than twenty five times. I’m alarmed with your complete lack of concern regarding your daughter. Ella refuses to talk to me about you or her father. She keeps telling me that she wants to go home and that ‘Tuffy’ would be angry with her if she doesn’t. She says Tuffy doesn’t like it when she talks to adults and that he is starting to get annoyed with me because I ‘stole his lunch’. I can only assume that she is being abused at home. I am putting in a call to Social Serv

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(Sent 16:30; 11.01.2018)

Mummy,

Tuffy says we have to leave again. Ms. Cross was being annoying. Also, don’t worry about lunch. We have already eaten.

Love,

Ella   

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This story was written as part of The Ray Bradbury Project. I’m writing one story a week for a year (or as long as I can keep it up). You can read the previous installments by checking out the tags on the right! 

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