Mother says I can't be friends with Louise any more. She says that I shouldn't trust people who say they come from Handrin, they might be spies. I told Mother that Louise wasn't from Handrin, just a village near the border, but she wouldn't listen to me. I was angry with Mother for being so mean.
Father told her that I should be able to see whoever I wanted and she knew nothing about people from Handrin. I heard this in another of their late night arguments. But this one was different. This time Father threatened to leave. He said he was sick of Mother controlling him and he couldn't take it much longer. He told her he was going to leave.
When I woke up the next morning he was still sitting at the kitchen table, just as he always did. I gave him a big hug, squeezing him as tightly as I could. He asked if I was getting too big for cuddles with my father. I told him I would never be too big.
When Father was out on the fields and Mother was busy I snuck out of the house and went down into the village. I didn't want Louise to think I was being rude.
I told her that Mother didn't want me to see her anymore. I told her Mother thought she was a spy from Handrin. Louise said she wasn't so why should we not be friends. I said I didn't know. We decided that we would stay friends but not tell our parents, that way no one would know but us.
I liked having the secret. I knew why Sebastian had liked going out into the woods with his friends. It was so much fun knowing something no one else did. It made me happy.