“I understand,” Tillie assured her.
She shook her head. “No, you don’t. You have a mom.” Ginnie swallowed a
growing lump in her throat. “I’m never going to be able to just sit down and
talk to her. So this is sorta my way to just chat with her … like you do with your
mom. If you tell my dad or Toran, that will be ruined. Promise me you won’t
tell. If you do, we might not be able to be friends anymore.”
“I mean it, Tillie!” Ginnie jumped to her feet. “You can’t tell.”
Tillie stood and wrapped her arms firmly around Ginnie.
Ginnie stiffened, regretting she’d shared her secret treasure.
“Cross my heart,” Tillie whispered in her ear. “I won’t tell. I promise.”
Wanting to believe her friend, Ginnie nodded. You better not.