Appendix III: Selected correspondence. Sanworth, Mbuku. Correl, Ilis. Trummel, Adelyn. Park, Drake (XII, b. 7273)
7312, first sprout.
I must confess that I reread your letter several times before I could process the meaning of it. You have found letters to Evermyn? Truly?
By the time you receive this letter, I will be in Vanhelm, as I bought transport tickets immediately upon receipt of yours. A colleague will cover my lectures. Excellent work, my friend. I do not pretend to any belief in a providential force leading you to this discovery, but such serendipitous fortune is so seldom found in our field.
Thank you for your work. I will see you shortly.
7312, first birth.
Dear Professor Correl,
I apologise for my late response. I have been at Northpoint helping a colleague with the restoration of an old painting.
Your letter mentioned that you had a letter that appears to be damaged by water. I am quite happy to assist, especially if it pertains to the Park family. Anything that embarrasses this most recent Drake Park is something I would quite like to be part of. He once burned a priceless carved sculpture just to keep it out of the hands of Northpoint University, and for that I will never forgive him.
I’ll return as soon as possible.
Prof. Adelyn Trummel
7312, first weaning.
I am reenergised by your visit. I have booked another journey to the
Silvanfall Silvenfal Crescent for just after spring evenlight, and I hope that you will find time to join me.
The students discovered another letter to Evermyn today. I’ve enclosed a copy of it here. I hope we will be able to place them in some kind of sequence eventually, as the ones we have found so far certainly paint an intriguing picture.
What do you make of the bit about the promise? Do you think it would be worth consulting the Park Estate about this?
7312, spring evenlight.
Dear Profs. Sanworth and Correl,
I am appalled that you have so wasted your time as to present such obvious fabrications to me as supposed record of my own family. You can be assured that these letters are the product of some mischief to discredit the Park family and our history.
If you bring such nonsense to me or any other person of my blood, I shall ensure personally that neither of you keep your posts in the commonwealth and that you will never see another university position on this globe.
A copy of this message has been forwarded to your department chairs.
Drake Park, twelfth of his name
7312, first fruit.
Mbe and Ilis,
I hope this message finds you well (at all, to be frank). I heard from the Dean that Drake Park sent you both a very nasty letter and forwarded it to the Dean himself. Insufferable man. (Park, not Dean Simmon, who is perfectly delightful. I believe his exact words regarding this affair were, “Drake Park can feast on his own toenails if he thinks he has power over my faculty.” I can only hope your department chair is as supportive, Mbe.)
I have succeeded in recovering the text of the letter in question. It appears to be from Drake Park the first himself, and I have consulted with three separate experts who agree that the hand is undoubtedly his own. Would that he could see how far the twelfth of his line has descended into nincompoopery.
I have enclosed the contents of the letter here. It seems to belong in sequence with a letter from his husband, Samwell Park.
The graduate students have continued their cataloguing of the archives, but they have not yet found anything else of note.
Do update us on your progress as soon as possible.
I grow concerned, my friend. You have been more at Silvenfal Crescent than Vanhelm of late. Adelyn wrote me to entreat you to return, summer holidays or no.
Perhaps an additional few correspondences can draw you out? Please come to Draketown, at the very least. I’ve found two other letters from Evermyn, and I know Adelyn has uncovered another from Samwell Park that appears to fit into the chronology after Evermyn’s absence, which your behaviour has eerily begun to emulate.
Please visit, Ilis. I begin to feel conflict in myself for having led you to the head of this path.
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