Letter One

Dearest Eliseo,

The City isn’t the same without you. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish you’d return home. Mother feels the same as I but Father . . . well, he thinks that you did what you had to do. I mean, I suppose that the City isn’t for everyone. I just hope that you find what you are looking for on your journey. Maybe you could actually tell me what it is that you are looking for? And where are you? I hope that this letter reaches you wherever you may be.

I’ll stop lamenting for now. Perhaps you’d like to hear about how I’m doing? And Mother and Father and even Whire? And what about that Jutta? I’m sure you miss her. Well, I’ll have you know that she doesn’t miss you. She’s engaged now. That’s right, sweet little Jutta is engaged to be married. You don’t even want to ask to who. But I think you should know. You remember that gentleman? The older man who came to the City when we were young? His name is Donathan something. Must be fifty years old but poor ol’ Jutta will call him Husband.

Mother hardly leaves the house anymore. She has her hands full with Whire when he isn’t at Academy. Whire wasn’t in Academy when you left, was he? No, he couldn’t have been. He was much too young. How does that make you feel? You weren’t here for your little brother’s Academy Orientation. He probably doesn’t even know who you are, Eli.

And Father? He’s still training the boys. Well, he just got over a broken bone but the Director insisted he get back to training the Forces right away. Keeps insisting that I join the Forces. Doesn’t understand that I am not a man of war. Maybe I should have left with you. I might have considered but . . . outside these walls, Eli, the world scares me.

There are other people out there, right Eli? Like they taught us in Academy? They’re evil people right?

Are you . . . are you even still alive?

All the best,



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