Part I of this story can be found here.
I most certainly did mean what I said. But then, you’re unlikely to believe me if I tell you water is wet, so we are, as always, at an impasse.
Please do thank Drake for the scarf he knitted. Your husband has a gift for knowing exactly which colours I am seeing in my day to day life, and he always sends something to match. Tell him that the variations in the blues match the way the waves shift near the shore. Tell him that when I wear it, I can hear the ocean even when I’m in town surrounded by autocars and street merchants bawling on the corners. It brings me peace.
I had, prior to receiving your letter, already gone down to the beach for some time, but I did go again and made sure to wear the scarf. Even though the days are warm, the wind that comes in from the sea likes to bite. I cannot linger there long, much as I would like to. The wind is far too cold, even with the scarf. No matter where I sit on the sand, damp always soaks through my breeches.
You do me a disservice of imagination, Samwell. I cannot guess why trees would pull back from a letter in my hand, but if you insist they did, I will take you at your word.
Your letter was so prickly that it took me the better part of this week to respond. I began three times, and each I had to start afresh. As for why we continue this charade, as you put it so bitingly (you are, much like the wind here, able to make me shiver), I am not always certain, but as I do not wish to lose Drake’s acquaintance, I am prepared to continue for as long as you are. I would tell you to tell Drake to write to me, but I know his joints don’t allow for it much and he prefers to use their good times for his knit-work. Nonetheless, give him my warmest regards.
This fortnight has brought me no closer. I will update you if anything changes. Enjoy the long days with your love. Perhaps you both can pay me a visit once I conclude the next report due to the university.
Correspondence from the archives, circa 5820, cross-referenced with Vanhelm’s archival correspondence. Compiled by Prof. Mbuku Sanworth of the Antiquities and Curiosities Department of Draketown University.
Note added by Prof. Mbuku Sanworth, 7312, first week of harvest: My colleague in Vanhelm believes he has the first letter chronologically. We have agreed to collaborate, and Professor Correl has put out the word to all the coastal universities to see if anyone can corroborate.
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