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From: Charlotte Lilienne O'Day Beckett, Beckett House, Fep City outskirts, Lafa II, Lafa System
To: Naurr, NX-04, Ariane
Date: June 4, 2158


Dear Naurr: 

I don’t know if or when I have ever been more tired. We opened on the 25th of May, which was just under two weeks ago. They don’t quite have weeks here on Lafa II; it’s another one of their compound words with –Fep in it but right now I’ll be damned if I can remember what it is. I’m just too tired to think about it. 

The opening was successful; Treve says we made back about 1/10 of our investment so far but I think he meant the initial investment and not the overall. I don’t know. Like I said, I’m too tired for details right now. His sister came over – he suggested it – and she helped me clean house as Doug and I were just too tired to do so. Yimar was such a huge help that Doug suggested that she be hired to help babysit. She agreed and so we have a sitter! Of course I want to be at home with my little kitten as you called him, when he’s first born, but later on that will be just, it’ll make it possible for me to go back to work. 

I think she was a bit relieved – Yimar, I mean – to be doing something. She’s got school of course; I think she’s fifteen or sixteen, but their mother had been ill and is home now and I think Yimar is a little overwhelmed, as their father is going through the justice system and their little brother is still pretty small. I think Yimar just feels too responsible for everything and everyone. Anyway, Doug and I have a theory that she’s happy to come over because we don’t demand that much from her. At least, I like to think so. 

Speaking of guys named Doug; I guess I just realized that’s your captain’s name, too! I gotta like any guy named Doug! I hope you can figure out a way to swing by soon. Even if I am on maternity leave, I promise I will set aside time to cook for you. Now that I’ve got Yimar to help me, I can afford to take a few hours and whip up a few things. 

If your sister is able to get trade going, that would be wonderful. The only name I know of in our government is a guy named Ubvelwev (isn’t that a mouthful?). He’s some lower-level official. Frankly, I’m unsure as to what he does. It’s really that that’s the only name I can remember, as it sounds so exotic to my ears. 

Well, I am yawning and I’m getting a little kicking and Doug is looking at me funny so I think it’s time I hit the sack. Thank you for your letters; they always brighten my day. 

Your friend, 


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