Henry writes to Keiko and tells her all about how his parents sprung the whole going-to-China thing on him. To his surprise, she tells him that she should go—after all, he doesn't know how long the war will last.
Still, he refuses to go and continues to write to Keiko every single week. He also spends time around the city listening to jazz music.
In return, Keiko sends him drawings she's done at the camp and tells him all the news about how things are inside.
Every week, he goes to the post office and hands over his letter. There's a skinny girl who works there and looks about his age.
Whenever there's no mail for him, the girl looks sad and worried. She hates being the bearer of bad news.
The letters from Keiko start tapering off, which confuses and worries Henry. He also still sees Sheldon, who is busy playing at the Black Elks Club.
But then one day a letter from Keiko does come. It's the same kind of letter as usual, with lots of updates… but it doesn't mention any of Henry's letters.
He writes right back, but Keiko's next response doesn't come for months. And when it does, she sounds confused and busy—as though she's missed his letter again. What's going on?