...It's Mum's handwriting.
Two weeks until Alyssa's birthday. I am so worried that I don't know what to do with myself. I sent her to boarding school so that she wouldn't have to fight as a Rooder... But will the Entities let Alyssa's heart go so easily?
They say a Rooder's heart is necessary in the Ritual of Engagement. A Rooder's heart, taken from the body of one who has reached her fifteenth birthday... I only hope that she can elude them until her birthday is past.