Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
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  • MAYA, GRACE, AND JOAQUIN GOING TO SEE THEIR BIOLOGICAL MOM
  • I am so nervous!
  • GRACE FEELING SICK AND WEAK IN THE CAR
  • I feel so sick!
  • MAYA, GRACE, AND JOAQUIN AT THEIR MOTHER’S ADDRESS
  • I am not going in!
  • After Joaquin and Maya finally agree to meet their mother, Melissa, they leave to the address they were given. As they leave, they all become very nervous and start to hesitate to go.
  • THEIR MOTHER'S SISTER, JESSICA, OPENS THE DOOR
  • I'm Jessica, Melissa's sister.
  • As they are almost there, Grace starts to feel light headed. Since she had given birth only a couple of months ago, Maya and Joaquin worry about her. Grace admitts she had thrown up and they stopped the car before she insisted they continue the drive.
  • JESSICA TELLS THEM THAT THEIR MOM DIED
  • Melissa died.
  • JESSICA TELLS THEM ABOUT THEIR MOTHER
  • As they arrive, Joaquin refuses to go inside. He feels like he messes everything up and believes he will mess up this opportunity to make things right for his sisters.
  • She loved you all very much.
  • When Maya knocks on the door, a women who seemed pretty young, early-30's, opened the door and they asked for Melissa, the women took a moment to regain herself and introduces herself as Melissa's sister, Jessica and apologizes.
  • Maya, Grace, and Joaquin are confused as to why she had apologized, but soon realized that their mother had died. She was killed in a truck accident at the age of 21, only months after giving up her youngest child, Maya.
  • Jessica explains to them that her sister had wanted to visit the three ever since they were born, but do to legal reasons, she wasn’t allowed to. Confused as ever, Jessica tells each of them about their fathers and how Melissa fell in love with each and how they had left her.
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