When Jamie showed up, Little was sitting in the window seat in the living room, hunched around the book she was reading. She lifted her eyes and looked up to see him through curtains of hair and then looked back down at her books.
"Mom's not here," she told him, figuring that's who he was looking for. She and Jamie used to be close before. They were almost the same age - he was closer than any of her actual siblings, and Lil had always considered him a brother. But, like, an actual brother she could share secrets with and go out and have fun with, unlike her real brother. Sure, she loved Thomas but she didn't really know him like a brother. He'd left before she'd even been born.
But she didn't really talk to Jamie anymore. It was too hard. Easier to just ignore him. She'd even blocked him on chats so he couldn't catch her online.