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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: March 17, 2158 

Dear Naurr: 

It’s now my turn to apologize for being so slow to reply! 

Things have been rather busy here, too. My business partner, Treve, got some open-minded investors to eat my food earlier in the month, and they liked it! I made roasted elekai with olowa. Elekai is a big flightless bird. Doug went on a phase bow hunting trip with about a dozen Calafans and they caught one in the forests in the southern continent. I was so glad he’d gotten a chance to really get out and do something he enjoys. He’s often out and about, helping build our house. He kind of feigns being busy but the truth is, if he wasn’t doing that, he’d be sitting around and kind of bored. So I’m glad he got a chance to really go and be productive. I worry sometimes because he’s not very good at making friends. Me, I’m just Chatty Cathy here and so I guess it comes a lot more naturally. 

Oh and olowa! Have you ever had it? It’s also native to the Lafa System, and it grows on big, spreading trees. The flavor changes, depending upon the maturity of the fruit. And then eventually it turns grey and it’s inedible and you’d break a tooth if you tried to have any. I made roasted elekai (I needed to run about a quarter of the big beast in the oven at a time – that sucker was huge!) and I used the three different stages of olowa as I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go. 

The investors liked it and Treve says they are very baden, which is the Calafan word for prosperous, but it’s also a man’s name. That sounded funny to me, almost like someone saying they were very Philippe! But it almost didn’t go over so well, as I was getting morning sickness again. It’s a human condition, and not every pregnant woman gets it, but I had it really, really bad earlier and we thought I was past that. But now it’s decided to come back. It’s not good to be cooking for investors when all you want to do is go home and quietly barf. 

I’m so glad you got to see everyone. Magenta, huh? I’ll have to see if they get it at the big market. I’m still working on understanding their monetary system, and I have no idea what some of the foods they get in are. They get something called prako. It’s these huge (almost as big as elekai, but not as tall) fourteen-legged squid. I see the Eska hunters bring it in sometimes. I’m interested in trying it but we can’t afford it right now, not until the restaurant gets some cash. 

And it’s so very kind of you to run a soup kitchen. That must be a ton of work. I bet you have no trouble sleeping at night. And I’m so glad your captain got you some help. It’s a lot of people to feed. You know, they don’t always see how important people like you and me are, but I bet they would notice if the food stank. We really are important for morale. 

Speaking of morale, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! I am half-Irish so I do celebrate it. That’s another way to eat corned beef. You can make corned beef and cabbage. But it’s usually kind of awful-tasting, and I’ll be the first to admit that. Only my father’s parents ever seemed to eat it that way. It was Sunday dinner once per month for them. Here on Lafa II, I’m wearing a green hair ribbon and I made scones. Even Doug has no idea why I did that. I explained it has to do with my Irish heritage and he just shrugged. And of course the Calafans are even more clueless about it. This is what I get for being one of only two humans in the entire system, I’m thinking. 

I’m also turning 49 soon. I admit it makes me a little pensive. I only miss flying around the galaxy a little, and I do miss the people. I owe them a letter, too. I’m never lonely when I’m with Doug, but of course we can’t be together every moment. And Treve is a good friend, and I really like my obstetrician, Miva, but I need to make more friends, I think. I don’t mean to be a downer. I guess I get retrospective about my life a little when it’s around the time of my birthday. 

So tell me about all of this Tellarite equipment you’ve got. Have you learned how to read their script? Calafan script is all over the place; it’s based on pictographs so some words look like what they mean, but others are more stylized. I guess it’s like Chinese. Is Tellarite a little like that? 

Thanks for telling me about Lynuar IV. It sounds wild and unspoiled. I bet you can go fishing there and hunting and the like. I am all right with cities so long as they aren’t too big. I grew up in New France, on Titan, and it’s kind of medium-sized. Anything much bigger than that, and I feel like it’s too many people. 

Anyway, I’ve got to go. We were going to put in a video call to the NX-01 as Brian wanted to show me something mysterious he says he got in the post, and I agreed to show him how to make napkin swans. 

Take care. 

Your friend, 

Lili 



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