‘Megan, I really need to talk to your mother. We have to find out what is going on and I have to tell her about your grandfather. Maybe if you spoke to her it would help you decide what to do.’

A deep frown creased Megan’s forehead. ‘I’ve already told you, I don’t want to speak to her. If you want to do it, fine. Just don’t expect me to be involved.’

‘Well,’ her grandmother replied, ‘I have to do it. The time difference is an hour, so I’ll do it after seven o’clock. And then we’ll know, won’t we?’

When Megan saw her grandmother pick up the letter to find the phone number, her courage deserted her. She fled to her room and flung herself on her bed. She picked up a book and made a determined effort to become involved in it. Scraps of a one-sided conversation drifted up the stairs from time to time. She couldn’t hear much of what was being said but when she heard her name she put her head under her pillow and there she stayed until she felt a tap on her shoulder.

Gently her grandmother removed the pillow and sat on the edge of the bed.     

 ‘Come on, my girl,’ she said. ‘It’s not so bad after all. She really is your mother. There’s no doubt about that. She wants to tell you what happened herself. I can tell you some of it. Apparently, when the boat sank pirates picked her up. They stole her jewellery but they did give her first aid and food. Your mother had been an interpreter before you were born, so she was useful to them. Eventually she escaped and ended up in Japan.’

Megan snorted. ‘Pirates? Do you expect me to believe that? Who does she think we are? Pirates are in fairy tales, not real life.’

‘No, you’re wrong there. Pirates are a real threat in some of our seas. I read an article about it only recently. People who travel around the world in yachts have to travel in groups in some areas for safety.’

‘Oh,’ said Megan. ‘Go on then.’

‘Well, to cut it short, she met another man in japan and married him. You have two little half brothers.’

Megan blinked. ‘That still doesn’t explain why she didn’t let us know she was alive.’

Megan’s Journey (excerpt)

Megan’s world is turned upside down when she receives a letter claiming to be from her mother.

Could this letter really be from the mother Megan has always believed to be dead? Come with Megan on her amazing journey as she deals with issues of betrayal, personal worth and the challenges of living in a different culture.

After dinner, Megan’s grandmother broached the subject of the phone call to Japan.