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There Are Sharks in the Water, and You Smell of Blood (III)

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There Are Sharks in the Water, and You Smell of Blood (III)

The previous parts of this story can be found here: Part I, Part II.

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Note from Vanhelm University: This first letter was written in a shaky hand and due to moisture was rendered nearly illegible. It has been restored with the help of the Archaeology Department’s Prof. Adelyn Trummel and authenticated by a peer-review panel of international specialists. For any enquiries about her process, please contact the department. The second letter did not necessitate intrusive restoration and is in its original form. -Prof. Ilis Correl

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Dear Evermyn,

Samwell was called away this fortnight to the capital, and I’m afraid I am a poor substitute for his penmanship. He showed me your words about my scarf, my dear, and I am very glad to hear that it has been of use to you.

In your last visit, I mentioned that I might have the old family sun-glass, and I’ve managed to locate it. Do not look at the sun through the crystal, or it will relieve you of your vision. The tales about it are to be taken with a great deal of caution (if one believes them) or scorn (if one does not). Though I can offer no particular insight as to the veracity of the family lore, it is of my opinion that scorn should take second place to caution, if there is any question of safety.

Be careful, my dear girl. I have enclosed the sun-glass and had my steward copy out the passage in the family tome about its use. There isn’t much. See attached.

All my love,

Drake Park

 

Dear Evermyn,

I happened to arrive just in time to include this note–I hope you will excuse my hasty hand. I’ve enclosed some rowanberry tea along with Drake’s parcel, but have a care with it.

I saw your aunt in the capital. She is looking not at all well and asked after you. I hesitate to mention it, but I know you do not wish further contact and I told her only that I had not heard from you in some time, which is technically true.

Will you join us for midsummer’s night? You will have to leave quickly upon receipt of this letter to make it in time, but we wanted to extend you the invitation. If you come, please leave Faras behind this time. He never stops talking, and I haven’t the energy to weed through his words.

Yours sincerely,

Samwell Park

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Note from Vanhelm University: There were no items or attachments to be found with these letters, it should be noted. The Park family endowment asserts no knowledge of the sun-glass ever existing and declared these letters a fabrication. They denied access to the endowment archives that could allow us to give some finality to the authenticity of the handwriting, and thus we are seeking out private scholars who may be able to assist. -Prof. Ilis Correl

 

Note from Vanhelm University: Together with Professor Mbuku Sanworth of Draketown University, our team has tentatively confirmed that these letters are in sequence, pending authentication of the authors themselves and peer review. – Prof. Ilis Correl

 

Note from Vanhelm University: Please see Appendix III for a record of correspondence between Professors Ilis Correl and Mbuku Sanworth.

 

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