11/28/1934

Dear Lennie,

I know you must think I'm crazy for writing to a dead person. I think I am too. But even if you were alive to read this, you'd be too dumb to know what I'm sayin'. I'm writing to you because the guilt from shooting you is eating me alive. It's been exactly a year since I shot ya.

I really don't know what to do anymore, Lennie. I miss you a lot. Sometimes I hear you asking me to tell you about how we're going to get a little place an' live on the fatta the lan'. When I hear you say that I just shake my head an' tell myself my mind is playing tricks on me. When I do that I just hear you again asking me when you're gonna tend the rabbits. You'll get to tend the rabbits, Lennie.

Slim an' I decided to leave the ranch. I found out after you died that Slim had been saving up money. After workin' on the ranch for a little longer to get money, we left 'em. We bought that land that old couple was sellin'. Candy didn't come with us. He's too old to come with us. I can't help but wish you were here, tending the rabbits.

We even gotta little piece of alfalfa for the rabbits. Slim an' I are living on the fatta the lan', but it's not the same as it would have been if we were together. Don't go around thinkin' that I've replaced you with Slim, because I haven't. You're my best friend, Lennie. I know I've always told you how I'd be better off without you. I regret telling you that every day, but not as much as I regret killing you. I had many other options that I wasn't smart enough to think of at the time. We should have jus' ran away together after you killed Curely's wife. We could have started over somewhere else. I'm so sorry, Lennie. I really am.

I can't wait to see you again someday, Lennie. One day when I die, we'll meet up again. It'll be just us two. You'll have me an' I'll have you. We gonna get a little place, up in heaven. We'll have cows, pigs an' chickens. We'll even have a little piece of alfalfa for the rabbits. You'll get to tend the rabbits and live on the fatta of the land, together. Just like we've always wanted.

-George