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Topic: End (02/13/06)
TITLE: THE LETTER (i)
By Maria Catterick
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He felt the weight of the envelope and knew he would find the pages adorned in her usual script. She always used her fountain pen containing azure blue ink. Her lacy writing appeared as though it had been stitched delicately across the page with intricate perfection. He walked across to the bureau and selected the silver letter opener. She had bought him this when he had complained about the damage he made when he ripped open her letters. Their relationship had always involved letters. It had been their way to explain their deepest feelings when words didn’t seem enough. The letter opener released the pages from their slumber. He closed the bedroom door for privacy. This was an important letter. He paused, took a deep breath, and then began.
‘My Dearest Love,
So you have now found my final letter. Yes, I can assure you that you have come to the end of your journey. Or should I be saying that we are at the end of our journey together. I for one have no regrets. How could I have any? You were, and always will be, the love of my life. I am so thankful that we found one another. Some people never discover the treasure that was ours. True love. Perfect love. A love that grew and deepened with every passing day. It was a love so satisfying that I never wanted to be away from you for a moment. With you I felt complete and whole, yet fully myself. You were my knight, my defender, my hero. I had need of nothing, for you were my all. You gave me the reason for each new day. You brought so much joy to my life that I made the most of every second. You brought me the revelation that love is the reason for anything and love is the reason for everything.
I know what we had together was so perfect. But even perfection has an end. This letter is to encourage you to move on with your life. Do not look back, Look forward and take the support offered by those around you who love you. The light is fading fast and so too is my life. Only death has had the ability to separate us. Nothing else ever could. You have loved me well and completely, but I must step across the eternal divide. Thank you for loving me.
Be courageous my love.
He folded the letter and returned it to its envelope for safekeeping. He walked across to the special box where all of the others were now stored and placed it on the top. This was the last one there would ever be. Tears flowed in silent rivers down his cheeks.
They had met each other too late. Her body had already been ravaged by the merciless disease when they had met. Their chance meeting on a park bench one spring day had changed the course of their lives in an instant. After only ten minutes they realised they had fallen into an immediate love and they both knew that they would be together forever. And they were, every moment of every day for the past two years.
But now he was alone again. He hadn’t remembered ever feeling very alone before. But now without her, he truly understood the isolation. But as she had said, there were no regrets. It had been an incredible world that they and their love had existed in. Now he must find a new world. A world without her.
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